...basketball team is ranked No. 25 in the AP poll, their first appearance in the rankings since January 1969, when it was still just a Top 20.
Northwestern (10-1) has won nine straight games since a loss to Butler. The Wildcats, one of the few teams from a major conference to never play in the NCAA tournament, were ranked for three weeks during the 1968-69 season. They made the poll only two other times: for one week in 1954-55; and seven weeks in 1958-59.