Northwestern took yet another step forward to their NCAA Tournament aspirations in 2011-12, although they once again fell short. The Wildcats, who have never made the NCAA Tournament, finished the Big Ten season with an 8-10 record, but that was not enough.
They won every game they were supposed to during non-conference play, including an impressive three-game sweep at the Charleston Classic. The only two games prior to conference play that the team lost were to Baylor at home and at Creighton.
To reach the NCAA Tournament in 2013, Bill Carmody's squad might need to do even better in the action before the conference season, as well as win eight or nine league games and an additional Big Ten tournament win or two. Here's a look at their non-conference schedule in 2012.