Men's Basketball: October 2010 Archives

NIU MEN'S HOOPS PREVIEW

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The Mid-American Conference released its preseason poll and preseason All-MAC team yesterday and Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune wrote this preview story on the upcoming 2010-11 season in today's paper.

Silas gives NIU hope

Preseason All-MAC selection averaged 19.7 points and 5.3 rebounds last season

Darion Anderson, Xavier Silas

Northern Illinois' Darion Anderson talks to Xavier Silas. (Nam Y. Huh, Associated Press / November 13, 2009)


His team was under .500 last season and is decidely below the radar for the upcoming season, but Northern Illinois coach Ricardo Patton is as optimistic as most coaches this time of year.

"I think we have just as good a chance as anyone at this point," Patton said Thursday.

Chief among the reasons for Patton's positive outlook is 6-foot-5 senior guard Xavier Silas, who returns after averaging 19.7 points and 5.3 rebounds last season.

Silas was selected as a member of the preseason All-Mid-American Conference team.

SUNDANCE LEARNS A NEW SPORT

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Sundance Wicks, men's basketball assistant and man of the world, learns some new tricks on the volleyball court, courtesy of Coley and Dan Pawlikowski. The Pawlikowski's are assistant coaches for the NIU volleyball team, which is currently tearing up the competition with a 23-2 record. Boom. Shaka. Laka.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

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Former men's hoops standout and NIU Athletics Hall of Fame inductee T.J. Lux was featured in today's Northwest Indiana Times. Mike Nieto caught up with the former Huskie standout to reminisce about his time in DeKalb and find out what he's doing now in this feature.

HUSKIE MEN TIP-OFF PRACTICE

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The NIU men's basketball team opened practice over the weekend. Here's a report from the Huskies' first practice of 2010-11.

BENNETT FINDS A GREAT SHOOTER

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Kathi Bennett Rides Shooter
NIU head women's basketball coach Kathi Bennett took her team out to visit head men's coach Ricardo Patton at a local ranch where Ricardo keeps his horse "Shooter." Kathi saddled up to give it a go (picture above). Five months into Kathi's stay in the Huskie basketball suite, the two are fast becoming BFFs. Earlier in the week, Kathi road Patton's infamous "Spider," a three-wheeled motorcycle. Word is she has already started saving for one of her own.

CHEMISTRY KEY FOR HUSKIE HOOPS

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Entering head men's basketball coach Ricardo Patton's fourth season, a new theme has emerged amongst his players: chemistry. Few would doubt that the Huskies were a talented team last season, but as Jeremy Werner of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle points out in this article, the improved chemistry on the 2010-11 squad could be just the intangible NIU is looking for to bring the talent together. Here's brief snippet of Jeremy's article:

Patton said that though team chemistry is intangible, it can't be overrated.

"I think it's the hardest thing to achieve and maybe the most important thing," Patton said. "Every team's going to have guys that can shoot the basketball. Every team's going to have guys that can rebound, defend and different things. But if they don't get along, if they're not pulling in the same direction, they're always going to underachieve."