Northwestern snaps 13-game losing streak with upset win over Minnesota
For the first time in 2021, Northwestern has won a basketball game.
Boo Buie scored 25 points and Miller Kopp added 15 as Northwestern won its first B1G game in 14 tries on Thursday night, knocking off Minnesota 67-59 in The Barn. Buie was a perfect 12-of-12 from the free throw line for the Wildcats in the victory.
Northwestern’s win snapped a 13-game losing streak. The Wildcats were in a serious drought following an impressive 6-1 start to the season and earning a spot in the Associated Press Top 25. Now, Chris Collins’ team is sitting at 13th in the B1G, ahead of only Nebraska.
Minnesota had three players reach double figures, led by Marcus Carr, who scored 21 points. Jamal Mashburn Jr. had 13 and Brandon Johnson had 10, but it wasn’t enough to get the win.
— Northwestern On BTN (@NUOnBTN) February 26, 2021
While the Wildcats were simply looking to end a long losing streak and gain some momentum in the final weeks of the regular season, the Golden Gophers needed a win to help secure their spot in the NCAA tournament. Now, that is in serious jeopardy after another head-scratching loss.
Northwestern has two games remaining on the regular season schedule right now, with home games against Maryland and Nebraska left. The Wildcats are 4-13 in B1G play.
Minnesota, now 6-11 in the conference, has games against Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers left to try and work its way back into the March Madness discussion before the B1G Tournament.