Men's Basketball: April 2011 Archives
Northern Illinois head coaches Dave Doeren and Mark Montgomery join NIU Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher and host Andy Garcia for tonight's installment of "NIU Live." It's the last show of the 2010-11 academic year and the crew had plenty to talk about, including Saturday's Spring Football Game and Montgomery's first basketball recruiting class. Tune in to 670 AM The Score tonight (Wednesday, April 20) at 11 p.m. for the final NIU Live of the season!
Henricksen of the Chicago Sun-Times blogs about new NIU men's basketball head
coach Mark Montgomery getting down to business running his new program.
Henricksen talks about the relationship Montgomery and his staff have already
begun cultivating in the area and building excitement for NIU basketball.
Do you want to know why there is no playoff in Division I college football? This article is a perfect example. The day before the Final Four, Darren Everson of the Wall Street Journal is talking college football. Everson filled out a bracket, substituting the basketball teams with football teams, and guess which one of the teams is in his Final Four. That's right--your Northern Illinois Huskies!
Everson compared NIU to Butler, which is high praise considering the Bulldogs are making their second-straight Final Four appearance. The Huskies navigated a tough bracket, knocking off Notre Dame, Standford, LSU and Wisconsin, all without their head coach and offensive and defensive coordinators! (As you recall, former NIU head coach Jerry Kill left for Minnesota right after the MAC Championship and took Matt Limegrover and Tracey Claeys with him.)
The Huskies will take on Air Force in the first semifinal game of the day. NIU was the highest seed coming out of the Mid-American Conference and the only MAC team to advance past the first round. Toledo and Temple, No. 16 seeds, and Miami a 10 seed, were all bounced in the first round.
So, as I watch the rest of the tournament, I will be pulling for Butler to win it all.
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