2017–18 Northwestern Wildcats men's basketball team

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2017–18 Northwestern Wildcats men's basketball
Northwestern Wildcats logo.svg
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2017–18 record15–17 (6–12 Big Ten)
Head coach
Assistant coaches
Home arenaAllstate Arena
Seasons
2017–18 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 5 Michigan State 16 2   .889     30 5   .857
No. 11 Purdue 15 3   .833     30 7   .811
No. 17 Ohio State 15 3   .833     25 9   .735
No. 7 Michigan 13 5   .722     33 8   .805
Nebraska 13 5   .722     22 11   .667
Penn State 9 9   .500     26 13   .667
Indiana 9 9   .500     16 15   .516
Maryland 8 10   .444     19 13   .594
Wisconsin 7 11   .389     15 18   .455
Northwestern 6 12   .333     15 17   .469
Minnesota 4 14   .222     15 17   .469
Illinois 4 14   .222     14 18   .438
Iowa 4 14   .222     14 19   .424
Rutgers 3 15   .167     15 19   .441
2018 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017–18 Northwestern Wildcats men's basketball team represented Northwestern University in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were led by fifth-year head coach Chris Collins as members of the Big Ten Conference. They played their home games at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois while the university's Welsh-Ryan Arena, underwent renovations.[1] A winning record in the Big Ten as well, a Round-of-32 NCAA appearance in 2016–17, and the return of all key offensive contributors led to big expectations for the 2017–18 season. But the Wildcats stumbled to a poor start, finishing the season with a disappointing 15–17 record, 6–12 in Big Ten play to finish in 10th place. They lost in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament to Penn State.

Previous season[edit]

The Wildcats finished the 2016–17 season 24–12, 10–8 in Big Ten play to finish in a tie for fifth place. In the Big Ten Tournament, they defeated Rutgers[2] and Maryland[3] before losing to Wisconsin in the semifinals.[4] They received the school's first ever bid to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 8 seed in the West region. In the First Round, they defeated No. 9-seeded Vanderbilt[5][6] before losing to No. 1-seeded Gonzaga in the Second Round.[7][8]

Offseason[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

On June 20, 2017, assistant coach Patrick Baldwin left the school to become the head coach at Milwaukee.[9] On June 26, the school hired Michigan assistant coach Billy Donlon to replace Baldwin.[10]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Sanjay Lumpkin 34 G/F 6'6" 220 Senior Wayzata, MN Graduated
Nathan Taphorn 32 F 6'7" 215 Senior Pekin, IL Graduated

Incoming transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
A. J. Turner 21 F 6'7" 188 Junior Mount Clemens, MI Transferred from Boston College. Under NCAA transfer rules, Turner will have to sit out for the 2017–18 season. Will have two years of remaining eligibility.

Recruiting classes[edit]

2017 recruiting class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Anthony Gaines
SG
New Hampton, New Hampshire New Hampton School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sep 27, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 79
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved June 4, 2015.

2018 recruiting class[edit]

Preseason[edit]

In its annual preseason preview, the Blue Ribbon Yearbook ranked Northwestern as No. 23 in the country.[11]

Roster[edit]

2017–18 Northwestern Wildcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 4 Vic Law 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Jr Saint Rita South Holland, IL
C 5 Dererk Pardon 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Villa Angela-St. Joseph Cleveland, OH
G 10 Charlie Hall (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Crossroads Los Angeles, CA
G 11 Anthony Gaines 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr New Hampton School (N.H.) Kingston, NY
G 12 Isiah Brown 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Lakeside Seattle, WA
F 14 Rapolas Ivanauskas 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) RS Fr Brewster Academy Barrington, IL
G/F 20 Scottie Lindsey 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Fenwick Hillsdale, IL
F 21 A. J. Turner (I) Current redshirt 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Jr New Hampton School
Boston College
Mount Clemens, MI
G 23 Jordan Ash 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr St. Joseph Bolingbrook, IL
C 25 Barret Benson 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) So Hinsdale South Chicago, IL
G 30 Bryant McIntosh (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Greensburg Community New Castle, IN
G 33 Tino Malnati (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS Fr Wauwatosa West Northfield, IL
F 35 Aaron Falzon 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) RS So Northfield Mount Hermon Newton, MA
F 44 Gavin Skelly 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sr Westlake Westlake, OH
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular season
Nov 10, 2017*
7:30 pm, BTN+
No. 19 Loyola (MD) W 79–75  1–0
 26  Lindsey   9  Lindsey   7  McIntosh  Allstate Arena (6,013)
Rosemont, IL
Nov 13, 2017*
7:00 pm, BTN+
No. 20 Saint Peter's
Hall of Fame Tip Off Campus Round
W 75–66  2–0
 17  McIntosh   7  Tied   6  Lindsey  Allstate Arena (5,101)
Rosemont, IL
Nov 15, 2017*
8:00 pm, BTN
No. 20 Creighton
Gavitt Tipoff Games
L 88–92  2–1
 30  Law   6  Skelly   9  McIntosh  Allstate Arena (6,384)
Rosemont, IL
Nov 18, 2017*
1:30 pm, ESPN3
No. 20 vs. La Salle
Hall of Fame Tip Off Naismith Bracket semifinals
W 82–74  3–1
 21  McIntosh   8  Law   7  McIntosh  Mohegan Sun Arena 
Uncasville, CT
Nov 19, 2017*
4:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 20 vs. Texas Tech
Hall of Fame Tip Off Naismith Bracket championship
L 49–85  3–2
 20  Lindsey   4  Law   3  McIntosh  Mohegan Sun Arena 
Uncasville, CT
Nov 24, 2017*
7:30 pm, BTN+
Sacred Heart
Hall of Fame Tip Off Campus Round
W 81–50  4–2
 19  Lindsey   6  2 tie   6  McIntsoh  Allstate Arena (5,216)
Rosemont, IL
Nov 28, 2017*
6:15 pm, ESPN2
at Georgia Tech
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
L 51–52  4–3
 18  McIntosh   12  Pardon   5  McIntosh  Hank McCamish Pavilion (5,562)
Atlanta, GA
Dec 1, 2017
8:00 pm, BTN
Illinois W 72–68 OT 5–3
(1–0)
 22  Lindsey   7  Law   6  McIntosh  Allstate Arena (10,017)
Rosemont, IL
Dec 3, 2017
3:00 pm, BTN
at Purdue L 69-74  5–4
(1–1)
 20  Pardon   10  Law   4  3 tied  Mackey Arena (14,360)
West Lafayette, IN
Dec 11, 2017*
6:00 pm, FS1
Chicago State W 96–31  6–4
 18  Law   8  Pardon   7  McIntosh  Allstate Arena (5,007)
Rosemont, IL
Dec 14, 2017*
7:00 pm, BTN
Valparaiso W 84–50  7–4
 18  Law   10  Skelly   5  McIntosh  Allstate Arena (5,299)
Rosemont, IL
Dec 16, 2017*
1:00 pm, FS1
at DePaul W 62–60  8–4
 25  Lindsey   8  Lindsey   7  McIntosh  Wintrust Arena (7,001)
Chicago, IL
Dec 19, 2017*
7:00 pm, BTN+
Lewis W 85–48  9–4
 24  McIntosh   6  Gaines   7  McIntosh  Allstate Arena (5,126)
Rosemont, IL
Dec 22, 2017*
6:00 pm, ESPN2
at No. 17 Oklahoma L 78–104  9–5
 17  Pardon   9  Pardon   3  Tied  Lloyd Noble Center (11,259)
Norman, OK
Dec 30, 2017*
11:00 am, FS1
Brown W 95–73  10–5
 18  Pardon   8  Pardon   3  4 tied  Allstate Arena (6,006)
Rosemont, IL
Jan 2, 2018
8:00 pm, BTN
Nebraska L 55–70  10–6
(1–2)
 17  Pardon   15  Pardon   4  Lindsey  Allstate Arena (5,443)
Rosemont, IL
Jan 5, 2018
7:00 pm, FS1
at Penn State L 63–78  10–7
(1–3)
 18  McIntosh   6  Law   5  Law  Bryce Jordan Center (4,682)
University Park, PA
Jan 10, 2018
8:00 pm, BTN
Minnesota W 83–60  11–7
(2–3)
 22  Lindsey   12  Pardon   16  McIntosh  Allstate Arena (5,514)
Rosemont, IL
Jan 14, 2018
3:30 pm, CBS
at Indiana L 46–66  11–8
(2–4)
 9  Tied   7  Law   3  Law  Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222)
Bloomington, IN
Jan 17, 2018
8:00 pm, BTN
No. 22 Ohio State L 65–71  11–9
(2–5)
 13  Lindsey   10  Pardon   4  Pardon  Allstate Arena (6,018)
Rosemont, IL
Jan 20, 2018
1:00 pm, BTN
Penn State W 70–61  12–9
(3–5)
 18  Law   5  Tied   4  McIntosh  Allstate Arena (6,544)
Rosemont, IL
Jan 23, 2018
8:00 pm, BTN
at Minnesota W 77–69  13–9
(4–5)
 18  Tied   13  Law   5  Law  Williams Arena (14,625)
Minneapolis, MN
Jan 29, 2018
6:00 pm, FS1
at No. 24 Michigan L 47–58  13–10
(4–6)
 15  Lindsey   7  Tied   5  McIntosh  Crisler Center (10,879)
Ann Arbor, MI
Feb 1, 2018
7:30 pm, FS1
at Wisconsin W 60–52  14–10
(5–6)
 17  Pardon   8  Law   4  McIntosh  Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
Feb 6, 2018
6:00 pm, BTN
No. 20 Michigan W 61–52  15–10
(6–6)
 24  McIntosh   9  Skelly   5  McIntosh  Allstate Arena (7,457)
Rosemont, IL
Feb 10, 2018
11:00 am, ESPN2
at Maryland L 57–73  15–11
(6–7)
 20  Lindsey   8  Pardon   3  2 tied  Xfinity Center (16,164)
College Park, MD
Feb 13, 2018
8:00 pm, BTN
at Rutgers L 58–67 OT 15–12
(6–8)
 19  Lindsey   13  Pardon   5  McIntosh  Louis Brown Athletic Center (3,827)
Piscataway, NJ
Feb 17, 2018
1:00 pm, FOX
No. 2 Michigan State L 60–65  15–13
(6–9)
 21  Law   6  Pardon   5  Law  Allstate Arena (12,114)
Rosemont, IL
Feb 19, 2018
6:00 pm, FS1
Maryland L 64–71  15–14
(6–10)
 15  Lindsey   6  Pardon   5  Gaines  Allstate Arena (6,014)
Rosemont, IL
Feb 22, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPN2
Wisconsin L 64–70  15–15
(6–11)
 26  Lindsey   9  Pardon   6  McIntosh  Allstate Arena (7,033)
Rosemont, IL
Feb 25, 2018
6:30 pm, BTN
at Iowa L 70–77  15–16
(6–12)
 32  Lindsey   10  Benson   6  Gaines  Carver–Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, IA
Big Ten Tournament
Mar 1, 2018
5:30 pm, BTN
(10) vs. (7) Penn State
Second round
L 57–65  15–17
 14  Pardon   8  tied   5  McIntosh  Madison Square Garden (13,996)
New York City, NY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP 19 20 RV RV RV NR Not released 
Coaches 20 RV NR

*AP does not release post-NCAA tournament rankings

See also[edit]

2017–18 Northwestern Wildcats women's basketball team

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Greenstein, Teddy. "Northwestern dances past Rutgers in 83–61 rout, into Big Ten quarterfinals". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  3. ^ "No home away from home for Maryland in Big Ten tournament loss to Northwestern". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  4. ^ Greenstein, Teddy. "Northwestern falls to Wisconsin in Big Ten semis, but Selection Sunday awaits". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  5. ^ "Northwestern's win over Vandy was wild. Here's what happened". SBNation.com. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  6. ^ "Vanderbilt blew Northwestern game with epic foul gaffe (but it wasn't the only reason) | FOX Sports". FOX Sports. 2017-03-16. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  7. ^ "RAPID REACTION: Zags hold off the Wildcats 79–73 in Round of 32". Inside NU. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  8. ^ Dauster, Rob (2017-03-19). "No. 1 Gonzaga's win over No. 8 Northwestern marred by blown goaltending call". CollegeBasketballTalk. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  9. ^ "UWM hires Northwestern assistant Patrick Baldwin as new coach". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  10. ^ "UWM hires Northwestern assistant Patrick Baldwin as new coach". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  11. ^ "Arizona Tops Blue Ribbon's 37th Annual Preseason Rankings". Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Retrieved 2017-09-20.