Northwestern unveiling new basketball court design Wednesday

Northwestern will unveil its new basketball court design Wednesday, the athletics department’s twitter account announced, dumping the stained purple design that (may have) won the fan vote from four years ago.

This was a move that was expected after the athletics department announced it was replacing the video board in Welsh-Ryan Arena as well. Northwestern has gone through a general marketing shift with its logo as the school has dropped the “N-Cat” logo from much of its promotions, including ESPN.

The purple-stained court has been a bit controversial in that the shade of purple never seemed quite right. People felt like they needed to adjust the tint on their television screens whenever it came on. Also, everyone REALLY wanted the all-purple court.

Nobody knows what the Northwestern court will look like. I think we can be fairly certain it will say “Chicago’s Big Ten Team” somewhere on the floor, there will be some purple somewhere on the floor and the traditional Northwestern “N” will be at center court.

Other than that, what else could they do with the court? Me, I am partial to the two-tone purple key of the 1980s. Cannot find a photo of it on Google Images to share. :-(

Northwestern’s Cancun opponents set

In other news, Northwestern basketball knows who it will face in Cancun for the Cancun Challenge. The Wildcats will take on the Redhawks of Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 25 in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico. Northwestern will then take on Virginia Tech or Northern Iowa on Nov. 26 as part of the tournament. Both games will be on CBS Sports Network. The times have not been announced yet.

The Redhawks finished 13-18 last year and were ranked No. 226 in the final KenPom rankings. The Hokies went 9-22 and finished No. 192. The Panthers were 16-15 and finished No. 94.

This is not the strongest field obviously. Northwestern though very well could be favored to win the tournament. A matchup with Northern Iowa would be very interesting. They have to win some games before we get there.

November is a long way away.

First two kickoff times coming

That is right, we will have to fill in the schedule. The times for Northwestern’s game against California on August 30 and the game against Northern Illinois on Sept. 6 will be announced by the Big Ten conference tomorrow at 2 p.m.

I think most of us assume the California game would be at 2:30 p.m. — starting at 11 a.m. would be just mean to California . . . — and the Northern Illinois game could get a late start too because it is a pretty interesting matchup. We will see what the conference wants to do.

Recruiting Accolades

There was a big camp for rising seniors this past week at Nike headquarters in Oregon. It was a big enough recruiting milestone for Tyler Donohue of Bleacher Report to roll out some recruiting rankings.

Oh, and lookey here. Northwestern comes in at No. 21 in July?!!!!

Best of the Bunch


Ohio brothers David (receiver) and Andrew Dowell (running back) provided the Wildcats with an early boost by committing in April. Cincinnati defensive tackle Jordan Thompson gives the team another Ohio standout.


Thompson will be joined on the line by talented defensive ends Joe Gaziano (Massachusetts) and Trent Goens (California). Missouri running back John Moten can be a difference-maker during his freshman campaign at Northwestern.

That would be ahead of Duke, ahead of Arkansas and ahead of West Virginia. We will see how long this lasts, but the Wildcats have some nice talent coming in.

  • cece

    just make sure to get the purple color correct! test in person and on tv.

  • MJS

    I imagine there will be some Northwestern striping.

  • CliffG

    just saw a picture of it on FB and it looks good

  • Mark Wheaton

    It looks great. Simple, classy, no gimmicks. Kudos to the athletic department for doing it right!

  • PurpleHayes

    Only one direction to go with the basketball court, after the failure of the previous effort. Bring it on!