Northwestern wins regular season finale, pushing Minnesota to 13-seed in B1G Tournament
Northwestern edged out a last-minute 79-78 victory over Nebraska on Sunday afternoon.
That win for the Wildcats does carry some implications into the Big Ten’s postseason tournament. Northwestern (6-13) now holds a half-game lead over Minnesota in the standings and will be the No. 12 seed this week.
That pushes the Golden Gophers (6-14) back to the 13-seed. Nebraska (3-16) will be the 14-seed.
Northwestern went on a lengthy losing streak this season, but ended the year with three straight wins — including one over the Gophers — to grab the 12-seed.
Six different Wildcats scored in double figures, led by Chase Audige with 14 points. Ryan Young scored six points off the bench, but that included the eventual game-winning basket.
Meanwhile, Minnesota has spent the last month in a free-fall. Once thought as a lock to make the NCAA Tournament, the Gophers have lost seven straight games and have little hope of making the Big Dance.
The Big Ten Tournament begins on March 10. Selection Sunday is on March 14.