The wait is over. Northwestern is going to the NCAA Tournament.
For the first time in program history, the Wildcats are going dancing and joining the March Madness party. Northwestern got a No. 8 seed in the West Regional and will face No. 9 Vanderbilt in the first round Thursday in Salt Lake City.
If Northwestern wins, No. 1 Gonzaga would be waiting in the second round, assuming the Bulldogs avoid the first 16-over-1 upset against South Dakota State.
The Wildcats, who were briefly ranked earlier this season, are 23-11 going into the game against Vanderbilt. The Wildcats reached the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
The team held a watch party at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Sunday to see CBS finally announce the Wildcats made history by making the NCAA Tournament.
It’s the second straight season coach Chris Collins has led the program to 20-plus wins. Last year, Northwestern went 20-12. This time, the Wildcats did even better and made program history.
Vanderbilt of the Southeastern Conference went 19-15 (10-8 SEC) and reached the SEC Tournament semifinals. They have won seven of their past nine going into the Northwestern showdown.
Northwestern earns NCAA Tournament spot
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