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Northwestern basketball to play St. Peter’s next season

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The Wildcats will host the Peacocks at Allstate Arena.

NCAA Basketball: St. Peter's at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Northwestern will host St. Peter’s at Allstate Arena next season, according to Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports. The game will be part of the Hall of Fame Tip Off.

St. Peter’s finished 23-13 overall and 14-6 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference last season. The Peacocks finished in the top-100 of Ken Pomeroy’s efficiency rankings after finishing the season with four straight wins to claim a CIT title. The Peacocks finished second in the MAAC before losing to Iona in the semi-final round of the Conference Tournament. In the team’s two games against Power 5 competition in 2016-17, it lost to to Notre Dame and Maryland by eight and 10 points, respectively.

The Peacocks will lose their top two scorers next season, as well as four of their top-seven from last season’s rotation. They are coached by John Dunne, who is not related to any English poets, unfortunately.

With four of its five starters back next season, Northwestern will also host Valparaiso and travel to Norman to face Oklahoma in the 2017-2018 non-conference. The Wildcats will also participate in the later rounds of the Hall of Fame Tip Off at Mohegan Sun, along with Boston College, Texas Tech and La Salle.

Northwestern’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup is yet to be announced, and it remains to be seen whether or not NU will have a Gavitt Games matchup against a Big East opponent.