On Sunday night, the impossible happened: Northwestern officially earned a birth to the NCAA Tournament.
Since the NCAA Tournament was first played (on Northwestern’s campus, in fact) in 1939, the Wildcats have never earned a bid, making them the only major-conference school in the country with that ignominious distinction.
After a 23-11 season, Northwestern has been awarded with a No. 8 seed, setting up Chris Collins’ team to play Vanderbilt in the first round on Thursday.
Over the last, oh, 78 years, there have been plenty of people who thought this would never happen. In a way, today is for them.
There are only three certainties in this life: Death, taxes and Northwestern never making the NCAA tournament.
— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) March 8, 2014
Northwestern is never going to make an NCAA tournament. They could expand the field to 128, and the Wildcats would be the fourth team out.
— Adi Joseph (@AdiJoseph) January 12, 2012
Northwestern fired Bill Carmody already, giving them a leg up on finding the next guy that'll never make the NCAA Tournament.
— TJ Beisner (@tjbeisner) March 16, 2013
This game is exhibit No. 1,376,245 why #Northwestern will never make the tournament.
— Chris Dobbertean (@ChrisDobbertean) January 14, 2010
Not ever RT @JosephBananas: Northwestern will never ever ever get into an NCAA Tournament..
— igglephile (@igglephile) March 11, 2012
I am now convinced Northwestern will NEVER make the NCAA tournament #ChampionshipWeek2012
— Zach (not Zack) (@ZachMyles) March 9, 2012
Lol at Northwestern, bastards will never make the NCAA Tournament
— Cruz Velasquez (@cruz_v) March 9, 2012
Northwestern may never make an NCAA tournament. I've never seen a ball sit on the rim that long.
— Chris McDill (@ChrisMcDill) March 9, 2012
Northwestern will never make an NCAA tournament
— Stephen Ferry (@FlyHi5) March 9, 2012
So Chris Collins will be the next coach at Northwestern to never make the NCAA tournament. Kudos.
— League Pass & Chill (@rachelRACH10) March 27, 2013
Northwestern is never gonna make the NCAA tournament, ever
— Pig Bumpkin (@bigpumpkin4real) February 22, 2012
Poor #Northwestern. Seemingly destined to never make the NCAA tournament.
— Brian Hiro (@UTSDHiro) March 9, 2012
I live my life expecting the Cubs will never win the World Series and Northwestern will never make the NCAA Tournament. Surprise me.
— Tyler Johnson (@tylerinoklahoma) January 28, 2012
Next time you think about saying something will “never” happen, just remember, Donald Trump is president, the Cubs are defending World Series champions, and Northwestern is going to the NCAA Tournament.