NCAA Tournament Bid Over: Penn St. at Northwestern
Once again the wife and I drove to campus. My plan was to attend the Northwestern men’s basketball game versus Penn St. while she worked on campus.
This was a game Northwestern was “supposed” to win. Penn St. was winless in the Big Ten and Northwestern was on the bubble for their first NCAA Tournament berth in school history. But somebody failed to tell both teams as Penn St. managed their first Big Ten win of the season defeating Northwestern 81-70.
As opposed to Sunday when Northwestern made all of their free throws down the stretch tonight was the exact opposite. Both field goals and free throws were evasive – Luke Mirkovic went 0-6 from the free throw line.
The highlight for Northwestern was Michael Thompson scoring his 1000th career point – the 29th player in Northwestern history to do so.
NCAA Tournament Plans
The loss essentially takes Northwestern out of the NCAA Tournament which will change my travel plans for the first weekend of tournament play. Instead of traveling to Northwestern’s first round tournament game, I will probably travel for Northwestern’s first round NIT game and plan to attend the Men’s NCAA Tournament in Milwaukee, WI for the first and second rounds.