I was able to attend a college basketball game at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, on Saturday, February 17, 2018. The Northwestern University Wildcats played the Michigan State University Spartans. All homes games for the 2017 to 2018 Northwestern University basketball season are being played at Allstate Arena while Welsh-Ryan Arena undergoes a renovation.

Northwestern faced a tough opponent in Michigan State as they were the #2 AP ranked men’s college basketball team in the U.S. coming into the game. Northwestern played extremely well in the first half and led by 27 points at one point before going into halftime up 49 to 27. However, Northwestern struggled in the second half scoring only 11 points total. Michigan State won the game with a score of 65 to 60.

Northwestern forward Vic Law lead the team with 21 points and 5 assists. Northwestern forward Gavin Skelly added 11 points and 2 rebounds and center Dererk Pardon had 8 points and 6 rebounds; however, both had foul trouble late and had trouble staying on the floor. Michigan State guard Cassius Winston had 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists. Northwestern had a chance to knock off a top team, but failed to score for more than than 11 minutes in the second half.

Below are some pictures I took while at Allstate Arena during the Michigan State vs Northwestern college basketball game.

Northwestern Michigan State basketball

Northwestern Allstate Arena starting lineup

Northwestern Michigan State tip off

Northwestern Michigan State huddle

Allstate Arena college basketball

Northwestern cheerleading

Northwestern Michigan State halftime

Michigan State basketball bench

Michigan State Northwestern Allstate Arena

Northwestern basketball pass

Northwestern Michigan State dribble

I was able to attend a college basketball game at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, on Friday, December 1, 2017. The Northwestern University Wildcats played the University of Illinois Fighting Illini. Northwestern is playing all home games for the 2017 to 2018 basketball season at Allstate Arena while Welsh-Ryan Arena undergoes a renovation.

Northwestern beat Illinois by a score of 72 to 68 in overtime. Northwestern guard Scottie Lindsey came off the bench to score a team high 22 points. Northwestern forward Vic Law scored 16 points with seven rebounds while Northwestern guard Bryant McIntosh scored 14 points with six assists.

Orange wearing Illini fans greatly outnumbered purple wearing Wildcats fans in attendance. Several Northwestern football players and the head football coach Pat Fitzgerald were in attendance, as the players named to the All-Big Ten this season were recognized during a timeout.  The Northwestern University “Wildcat” Basketball Band and Northwestern University director of athletic bands Daniel J. Farris were also in attendance to play songs for the crowd throughout the game. Below are some pictures I took while at Allstate Arena during the Illinois vs Northwestern college basketball game.

Northwestern Illinois basketball pre-game warmup

Northwestern Illinois basketball national anthem

Northwestern Illinois basketball pre-game huddle

Northwestern Illinois basketball starting line-ups

Northwestern Illinois basketball tip off

Northwestern Illinois basketball dribbling

Northwestern Illinois basketball shooting

Northwestern Illinois basketball three pointer

Northwestern Illinois basketball all big ten football

Northwestern Illinois basketball free throw

Northwestern Illinois basketball go u cheer

Northwestern Illinois basketball band

Northwestern Wildcats Basketball

Northwestern Illinois basketball banner

Northwestern Illinois basketball layup

Northwestern Illinois basketball crowd

Northwestern Illinois basketball Allstate Arena

Northwestern Illinois basketball rebound

Northwestern Illinois basketball game winner

I was able to attend a college football game at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois, on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The Northwestern Wildcats played the Penn State Nittany Lions. The Penn State football team beat Northwestern by a score of 31 to 7. It was Homecoming for Northwestern, and Northwestern was fortunate to score a touchdown within the final minutes, otherwise it would have been a shutout. Northwestern University quarterback Clayton Thorson threw for 142 yards and running back Justin Jackson ran for 66 yards. Penn State running back Saquon Barkley gained 75 yards on the ground. Northwestern University linebacker Paddy Fisher and safety Godwin Igwebuike were both ejected from the game for targeting.

I walked around the Northwestern University campus a bit after the game as the rain held off for a little while and it was in the 70s. Below are some pictures while at Northwestern including football action and some of the recent construction projects on campus.

Northwestern Marching Band Pregame

Northwestern Ryan Field

Northwestern Wildcats Ryan Field

Northwestern Ryan Field National Anthem

Northwestern Penn State Football

Northwestern Football Ryan Field Penn State

Penn State Field Goal Ryan Field

Northwestern Football Huddle 2017

Northwestern Marching Band Halftime Homecoming 2017

Northwestern Fitzgerald Banner 2017

Northwestern Football Big Ten Banner

Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center Construction

Northwestern Ryan Fieldhouse Construction

Northwestern Lakefront Chicago 2017

Northwestern Sheridan Road October 2017

I had the opportunity to attend a college football game at Wrigley Field on Saturday, November 20,  2010. Northwestern played Illinois in the Allstate Wrigleyville Classic.

The fighting Illini beat the Wildcats by a score of 48 to 27.  Here are some pictures I took while I was at the game.