- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Last season: 20-12, won 20 regular-season games for the first time in school history, lost in first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Nickname: Wildcats.

Coach: Chris Collins.

Conference: Big Ten.

Who’s gone: G Tre Demps, C Alex Olah

Who’s back: G Bryant McIntosh. Junior guard ranked second on the team in scoring (13.8 points) and second in the Big Ten - ninth in the nation - in assists (6.7 per game); F Aaron Falzon. Nailed 63 3-pointers - second most by a Northwestern freshman; F Vic Law. Sophomore forward missed last season because of a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Averaged 7 points, 4.8 rebounds and shot 35.5 percent on 3-pointers as freshman in 2014-15; C Dererk Pardon.

Who’s new: F Rapolas Ivanauskas. The Wildcats will have to wait to see the 6-foot-9 forward, who is expected to miss the season because of a shoulder injury.

The Skinny: Collins appears to have the Wildcats headed in the right direction entering his fourth season. But the big question still lingers. When will Northwestern - the school that hosted the first Final Four in 1939 - make the NCAA Tournament?

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