Northwestern expects test from Northern Illinois

A visit from second-ranked Purdue and the start of the Big Ten season loom Friday, but Northwestern first faces a test from a surging nonconference foe. The Wildcats (4-1) will host Northern Illinois on Monday at Evanston, Ill., eight days removed from their most recent game and lone loss to date. Northwestern coach Chris Collins said “we learned a lot about ourselves” during the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament in Uncasville, Conn., which concluded with

Northwestern stands between Illinois and one more game

Northwestern edged visiting Purdue last week to become bowl eligible. On Saturday, the Wildcats can deny in-state rival Illinois the same postseason distinction with a road victory, but Northwestern coach David Braun insists that doesn’t factor into the team’s preparation for the Big Ten contest in Champaign, Ill. “That’s not on my mind. … We talk about leaving no doubt, and this is an opportunity to do that,” Braun said. Cam Porter rushed for 95

Northwestern, Mississippi State to face off in Basketball Hall of Fame tourney final

Northwestern never trailed in its semifinal game. Mississippi State had to work a little harder in its semifinal game. But both teams won Saturday to stay undefeated and will face each other in the championship game of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament on Sunday afternoon in Uncasville, Conn. “You only get a chance during the season to play for a couple of championships,” Northwestern coach Chris Collins said. “To have a game against

Northwestern, Rhode Island looking to remain unbeaten

Each school in the four-team Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament enters the weekend event unbeaten. A driving force behind Northwestern’s contribution to that equation is junior guard Brooks Barnhizer. Barnhizer is averaging 17.0 points and shining with his overall floor game as the Wildcats (3-0) prepare to meet Rhode Island (3-0) on Saturday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. “He’s just completely immersed into the competition of the game, and because of that, his

Northwestern meets Purdue, bids to continue home magic

After ending a 14-game losing streak in true road games last week, Northwestern will try to close a strong home season in Evanston, Ill., against Purdue on Saturday. The Wildcats (5-5, 3-4 Big Ten) can become bowl eligible by doing something they haven’t all season: winning consecutive games. Northwestern is coming off a 24-10 road victory against Wisconsin that featured the return of quarterback Ben Bryant, who had missed the previous four games with an

Northwestern, Western Michigan collide trending in different directions

Two teams that are off to entirely different starts to the season will meet when Western Michigan travels to Evanston, Ill., to face Northwestern on Tuesday night. Northwestern is off to a 2-0 start and is coming off Friday’s 71-66 home win over Dayton, which was picked first in the preseason Atlantic 10 poll. The Wildcats figure to be led all season by graduate student guard Boo Buie, but Northwestern coach Chris Collins was encouraged

Wisconsin hoping offense wakes up vs. Northwestern

Wisconsin will try to regain its offensive stride against visiting Northwestern on Saturday as the Badgers look to remain in contention in the Big Ten West. The Badgers (5-4, 3-3) will return to Madison after a 20-14 setback last Saturday at Indiana, their third loss in four games. Northwestern (4-5, 2-4) lost to Iowa 10-7 at Wrigley Field the same day on a field goal with 14 seconds left. Wisconsin is tied with Nebraska and

Maryland, Northwestern look to stay afloat in Big Ten

Maryland and Northwestern are fighting to keep pace in the Big Ten entering Saturday’s contest in Evanston, Ill. Coach Michael Locksley said before the season that his Terrapins (5-2, 2-2) were ready to compete for Big Ten championships, and Maryland initially validated his statement by starting 5-0, including winning its first two conference games. However, back-to-back losses have steepened the Terrapins’ climb toward their first-ever Big Ten championship appearance. The latest defeat was particularly alarming

Nebraska sticking with QB Heinrich Haarberg vs. Northwestern

Nebraska and Northwestern are both hoping to pick up where they left off before a bye week when they meet in a Big Ten Conference matchup Saturday afternoon in Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) pulled out a 20-7 win at Illinois before taking last weekend off, while Northwestern (3-3, 1-2) edged FCS school Howard 23-20 on Oct. 7 in its latest contest. The Cornhuskers will continue to start Heinrich Haarberg at quarterback. He