The Northwestern men’s basketball team will look to build off a strong 2017-18 season that landed them in the second round of the NAIA National Tournament. The Raiders will look to fill the void left by 6 graduates, including their top 4 scorers. Last season, NW finished the season with a record of 26-7, ranked #11 in the NAIA, and as the runner-up in the GPAC Tournament.
This year, the Raider men have been picked to finish 6th in the conference according to the GPAC preseason coaches’ poll. They will open up the 2018-19 season vs. Oak Hills Christian at home on Saturday and begin conference play at home vs. Dakota Wesleyan on Nov. 7.
NW’s women’s basketball team will also hope to carry over their success from last season as they fought their way to the NAIA National Semifinals. NW finished with an overall record of 25-9 and was ranked #11 in the NAIA. The Raider women are returning 3 starters and have only lost 2 players from last year’s group.
The GPAC preseason coaches’ poll chose NW to finish 3rd in the conference, and they will also begin the season ranked 8th in the NAIA polls. The Raiders will kick off their season by traveling to Madison on Thursday to face Dakota State in a non-conference matchup. Conference play will begin for the women on Nov. 7 as they compete in the first game of the doubleheader vs. Dakota Wesleyan.
Basketball season is almost here, and as both the men’s and women’s teams aim to build off last year’s success, it will be an exciting season for each fan of NW basketball.