Men's Basketball: February 2011 Archives

DOUBLE DOUBLEHEADER SATURDAY

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This weekend in NIU Athletics is an interesting scheduling anomaly. Saturday, the men's and women's basketball teams will be facing Toledo in a doubleheader action. The women play host to the Rockets in a key Mid-American Conference West battle. Tip off for Saturday's contest, which is also Senior Day and NIU PinkZone game, is set for 3 p.m. As fans are leaving the Convocation Center, they can turn to 1360 AM WLBK and probably catch Bill Baker's pregame show prior to the start of the men's basketball contest at Toledo. The men's game begins at 6 p.m.

While it isn't that unusual for two teams in the same conference to be playing each other in two different sports on the same day, it is unique when the same schools from two different conferences square off in doubleheader action. That will be the case Saturday in Lubbock, Texas as the baseball team faces Texas Tech at 12 p.m., while the softball team, which is in Lubbock for the Jeannie McHaney Memorial Classic hosted by Texas Tech, will face the No. 21 Red Raiders at 4 p.m.

Fans can watch Saturday' women's basketball game through Huskie All-Access and both of softball's games with Texas Tech through RaiderVision All-Access.

SILAS THRIVES AT NIU

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Xavier 5.jpgJeff Borzello of CBSSports.com features Xavier Silas and San Jose State's Adrian Oliver, both of whom rank in the top 10 in the nation in scoring following transfers during their career. In just two seasons at NIU, Silas has scored 1,072 points, becoming just the third Huskie to score 1,000 points in two seasons at NIU.

RUCKER'S ROAD

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Nate-Rucker.jpgIn case you missed it over the weekend, Ryan Wood of the Daily Chronicle filed this outstanding feature story on Northern Illinois men's basketball freshman Nate Rucker. In the story, Wood talks about Rucker's trials growing up in Memphis, Tenn., the role his parents played in his development as a person and a man and his path to NIU. 

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2011 HASF KICKOFF

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Dave Doeren at HASF.jpgThe Huskie Athletic Support Fund held its annual HASF Kickoff in Victor E. Court prior to the men's basketball game with Kent State Feb. 12. NIU head football coach Dave Doeren and head volleyball coach Ray Gooden spoke to the hundreds of NIU donors in attendance. It was the beginning of a full day of activities at the NIU Convocation Center. Here's a Photo Gallery of some of the highlights from the day's events.


Baseball Season is Here!

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Etch.jpegPitchers and catchers reported for Major League Baseball's 2011 season on Sunday and Monday.  But entire college baseball teams, the Huskies included, reported a long time ago to prepare for the 2011 campaign.  NIU throws the first pitch of the year Friday against Southern Utah in Cedar City, Utah.  Stay tuned to NIUHuskies.com this week for the release of the 2011 iGuide, season outlook and preview of the Southern Utah three-game weekend series.  The 2011 baseball season is underway this week!

THE WORK ETHIC OF SILAS

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Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune features Xavier Silas and how he has become one of the elite scorers in the nation through hard work and the influences of NBA stars such as Chauncey Billups and Kevin Love. Silas and the Huskies begin a four-game homestand on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the NIU Convocation Center against Kent State.

SILAS' STOCK RISING

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Xavier Silas.jpgXavier Silas is putting together an outstanding season for Northern Illinois. The second leading scorer in the country, Silas is averaging 24.2 points a game and has led the Huskies in scoring in 18 of the Huskies' 21 games this season. As Jay Taft of the Rockford Register Star reports, Silas is getting plenty of attention from NBA scouts.


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