Unsurprisingly, Northwestern's series against local Big East foe DePaul will continue into 2016. Jon Rothstein reported on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon that the Chicagoland schools will play each other at Welsh-Ryan Arena this December.
Northwestern will host DePaul on December 3rd, sources told @CBSSports. Part of annual series.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 24, 2016
DePaul won't be a draw in terms of quality of play (the Blue Demons finished 184th in KenPom last season behind a 9-22 record), but it's hard to see many negatives about playing a local, power-conference team year after year.
The non-conference slate is getting filled out at this point. With the Legends Classic tournament (which will include two of Texas, Notre Dame and Colorado along with a few home games against mid-majors), the Gavitt Games (during which NU will play Butler), the Big Ten/ACC Challenge (during which NU will play Wake Forest), and now this game on the schedule, it's safe to say that we have a pretty good idea about how tough the non-conference slate will be, and it should be a lot more difficult than it was last year.
In last season's meeting between the Wildcats and Blue Demons, Northwestern won 78-70 in overtime.