Wed, 09/03/2008 - 14:18 — Press Release
EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern University today announced its
2008-09 men's basketball schedule with the Wildcats playing a total of
15 games against nine different teams that reached the postseason a
year ago. The regular season tips off Sunday, Nov. 16 with NU hosting
Central Arkansas at Welsh-Ryan Arena, the first of 17 home games on the
For the second consecutive year, every one of the
Wildcats' Big Ten contests will be televised nationally on either Big
Ten Network, ESPN or ESPN2. Overall, at least four of Northwestern's
games this season are scheduled to be on either one of the ESPN
The 'Cats have one exhibition game on their schedule
as they host local foe Robert Morris College Nov. 6. Following the
regular season opener against Central Arkansas, Northwestern faces
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi three days later.
NU hits the road
for the first time Nov. 22 when it travels to Providence, R.I., to
square off against Brown. A Thanksgiving Eve date at Butler looms that
next Wednesday as the Wildcats take on a Bulldogs squad that was ranked
in the top 15 the majority of last season and reached the second round
of the NCAA tournament.
Northwestern then returns home for four
consecutive games at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The 'Cats welcome UC Riverside
Dec. 1 just two days prior to a contest against Florida State as part
of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The challenging week of three games in
six days concludes with a matchup against local rival DePaul Dec. 6. NU
concludes the homestand by hosting UMKC Dec. 15.
A road trip to
Stanford awaits the Wildcats Dec. 20. New head coach Johnny Dawkins
inherits a team that advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA
tournament a season ago. The pre-conference portion of the schedule
concludes Dec. 23 when SMU travels to Evanston.
For the first
time, Big Ten Conference play gets underway prior to the start of the
new year. The 18-game slate begins Dec. 31 as Northwestern travels to
Penn State for an 11 a.m. Central time contest. It is the only
scheduled meeting between the Wildcats and the Nittany Lions this
The 'Cats play three of their next four games at home as
they face Michigan State Jan. 3 in the conference home opener.
Following a matchup at reigning Big Ten champion Wisconsin Jan. 7, NU
has seven days off to prepare for a showdown against Purdue which
finished second in the Big Ten last season.
A home game against
Minnesota is on tap for Jan. 18 before the Wildcats conclude their
season series with Michigan State in East Lansing that following
Wednesday. Northwestern must make a return trip to the state of
Michigan just three days later as it heads to Ann Arbor to challenge
The 'Cats then tip off a stretch during which
they'll play six of the next seven games on their home court. Contests
against Indiana and Wisconsin precede a step outside Big Ten play when
NU hosts Chicago State Feb. 4. The lone road contest over the stretch
takes place Feb. 7 at Iowa before the team returns to Evanston for the
team's lone regular season game against in-state rival Illinois.
home games against Michigan and Ohio State, the schedule turns in the
opposite direction for Northwestern as it plays four of its final five
regular season games on the road. Things get underway with a game at
Minnesota Feb. 22. After a contest at Indiana, the Wildcats conclude
their 2008-09 home season with a Senior Day showdown against Iowa Feb.
NU heads to Purdue for a game that will be played March 3, 4 or 5 before concluding the regular season at Ohio State March 8.
The 2009 Big Ten Tournament is set for March 12-15 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Big Ten Conference is expected to release game times and television
designations for all non-conference games in the coming days. Please
check NUsports.com for updates as they become available.