The Northwestern University Wildcats basketball team is one of the most accomplished in the State of Illinois. Northwestern adopted the sport of Basketball in 1901, making it one of the oldest programs in the country. The school saw success quickly and under legendary Wildcats head coach Arthur Lonborg, Northwestern won its 1st conference championship and was awarded the 1931 National Championship. Since then, Northwestern has added another conference title, and been selected for the National Invitational Tournament over 6 times. The Wildcats are members of the Big 10 Conference, placing them against the premier basketball programs in the Midwest. Former Northwestern basketball great include Joe Reiff, Otto Graham, Max Morris, Evan Eschmeyer, John Shurna, Patrick Baldwin, and Michael Thompson. The buzz around Northwestern Basketball is as good as it has been in the last decade, with students and fans ready to help the Wildcats push towards a Big 10 Championship. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Northwestern Wildcats Basketball tickets.
Northwestern Wildcats Basketball at Welsh-Ryan Arena Address: 2705 Ashland Ave. Evanston, Illinois, 60201
The Northwestern University Wildcats basketball team plays their home games at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Illinois. Welsh-Ryan Arena has been home to the Wildcats since 1952, and can seat over 8,000 fans. The Arena is also home to the schools Volleyball and Wrestling teams, and the rafters are full of banners displaying the accomplishments of former Wildcats teams. Often referred to as the Sea of Purple, this arena is known for being packed to the brim with die-hard Wildcats fans. Although the arena is among the smallest in the Big 10 in capacity, it has an intimate atmosphere and is often as loud as anywhere in the conference. The Wildcats have been especially successful at Welsh-Ryan Arena, with the venue serving as a large home-court advantage.
Northwestern vs. Illinois
One of the biggest basketball rivalries in the Prairie State, Wildcats-Fighting Illini is one of the highlights of the Big 10 basketball schedule. Northwestern and Illinois have met over 160 times in their history, making it one of the most played games in the Midwest. Illinois has seen much success in this series, leading in overall wins by a wide margin. With instate bragging rights, recruiting, and Big 10 title implications on the line, this game is intense and with a great atmosphere.
Northwestern vs. DePaul
Separated by only a short trip on Chicago’s ‘L,’ Northwestern and DePaul play in one of the better cross-town rivalries in college basketball. The most outstanding player of the game is awarded the Waldo Fisher-Frank McGrath Award, which is named after one great basketball icon from each school. When Wildcats and Blue Demons meet on the basketball court it is usually hard-fought, with fans from both sides splitting the arena. The game has one of the best atmospheres in Chicago, and is a must attend for Wildcats fans.
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How can I buy cheap Northwestern Wildcats tickets?
TicketCity offers a big selection of Northwestern Wildcats basketball tickets which include some of the lowest priced seats on the market. Northwestern tickets fluctuate based on demand and opponent. Marquee Big 10 opponents like Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State can drive up home game prices. While cheap tickets are more plentiful for unranked, non-conference opponents. Those early season games may offer best opportunity to purchase Northwestern tickets near face value.
Where can I find the 2016-2017 Northwestern Wildcats basketball schedule?
The Wildcats 2016-2017 basketball schedule is listed as soon as it is announced by the Big 10. Northwestern plays in the Big 10’s West Division, which means games against Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue, and Wisconsin. Game times are announced by the Big 10 as soon as the TV schedule is set. Northwestern’s home opener is typically one of the most popular games. The most outstanding player in the Northwestern-DePaul game receives the Waldo Fisher-Frank McGrath Award. If you are looking for Wildcats news or scores, then visit our partners at CBS Sports. They are also a good source for the official Northwestern Wildcats team roster.
Can I buy Northwestern Wildcats basketball season tickets?
Northwestern Wildcats season tickets are available to buy until kickoff of their home opener. Check our listings above or call us if you would like to purchase Northwestern basketball season tickets. Let us know if you want a particular section at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
What is the best Northwestern rivalry game during the season?
The biggest game of the season for the Wildcats is with Illinois. The two representatives of the State of Illinois in the Big 10 are constantly vying for athletic supremacy in the State and Conference. Allegiances often split families, friends, and co-workers, and major bragging rights are on the line when this game is played. Whether you are a Wildcats fan, a Fighting Illini, or simply a basketball fan in Illinois, this is one of the highlights of the basketball season.
What is the best game day tradition at a Wildcats home game?
During key moments at Welsh-Ryan Arena, the East Section of the arena will rise to their feet and yell “Go U,” and the West, also standing, will respond with “NU.” The progression goes back and forth progressively getting louder. This chant has been known to deafen opposing teams as they try and shoot free throws, or build any kind of momentum in the hostile environment. Experiencing the “Go U-NU” chant in person is a must for any Wildcats basketball fans.