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Nov. 23, 2009

GET THE GAME ON HUSKIES' ALL-ACCESS

By Donna Turner | Posted at 5:24 pm on Thursday, November 19, 2009

Although there is no television broadcast of the MAC football match-up between Northern Illinois and Ohio this Saturday (kickoff at 1 p.m. Central from Peden Stadium in Athens), you can still watch the game on your computer through Huskies All Access at www.niuhuskies.com, or via All-MACcess at www.mac-sports.com. To sign up for Huskies All Access, click on the words "All Access" on the front page of www.niuhuskies.com or click here and go directly to the event listing page. Click the "Watch" button next to the NIU-Ohio football game and you will be directed to the sign-up or sign in page.

Cost to watch the Northern Illinois-Ohio game is $6.95 and that payment gets you a full month of free Huskies' All-Access, including video of every home men's and women's basketball game and access to the radio call of every football and basketball contest. One note, the Huskies' All-Access feed is being provided by the MAC's instant replay system and, by league rule, will feature audio from the home team broadcast crew. To get the game broadcast via the Mid-American Conference's All-MACcess program, go to www.mac-sports.com.

The MAC offers single event pricing at $7.95 per event. Both feeds will offer the same audio and video. On your radio dial, you can listen to the broadcast on any of the three Northern Illinois ISP Sports Network stations - WLBK 1360 AM in DeKalb, WSCR AM 670 in Chicago and WTJK AM1380 (Janesville, Wisc.) beginning with the pregame show at 12:30 p.m. (CST).


WE GOT `EM IN GRAD RATES

By Donna Turner | Posted at 5:24 pm on Thursday, November 19, 2009

Here's a note.  Yesterday, the NCAA released and posted online the annual Graduation Success Rates (GSR) and Federal Graduation Rates for universities and colleges across the country.  As reported in this story on www.niuhuskies.com, Northern Illinois' numbers came in above the national average at 82 percent.  The Huskies' overall figure also ranked tied for fourth among Mid-American Conference schools. 

However, as this blog entry from ESPN.com lists, Northern Illinois' football team would rank second in the Southeastern Conference in graduation success. The Huskies' football GSR of 73 percent ranks tied for third in the MAC.  In the SEC, only Vanderbilt boasted a better percentage. 


  PLAYING FOR SOMETHING

By Joe Summins | Posted at 12:10 pm on Thursday, November 19, 2009

Saturday's contest between Northern Illinois and Ohio at Peden Stadium (1 p.m. CST/Northern Illinois ISP Network) is a critical game for both squads.  Both are 7-3 overall and 5-1 in Mid-American Conference play and both need a win Saturday to keep their MAC championship hopes alive. 

"It's like being in the I-AA playoffs," NIU head coach Jerry Kill said. "We're in the playoffs right now. This is the first game of the playoffs. One of us will advance, and one of us will be still trying to win the next game. It will be a darn important game, it just won't be for the conference championship."

That next game Kill is referring to is versus the current division leader Friday, Nov. 27. NIU heads up to Mt. Pleasant, Mich. to face MAC West leader Central Michigan, while Ohio plays host to the East-leading Temple. Playing meaningful games in November is all that a team can ask.

"Now we're in that position that you always want to be in; playing for something in November and we're playing for something in November," Kill said. "Everything that this young team has set out to do is still in front of them. No matter what, we're going to have to play these two games back to back on the road. We're where we need to be, now we'll have to see what happens."

While some would feel there is added pressure on the Huskies to win this week, the Huskies don't. 

"This is a heck of a deal. This is what you work for," Kill said. "There's no pressure; this is fun. I tell them to go out and have fun. We're playing for something in November. There are a lot of teams right now that aren't playing for anything."

"It is just fun right now," Landon Cox said. "This is what we've worked for all year. This is what the winter conditioning and the summer workout are for, just the opportunity to be playing for something. This is right on track for all of our goals to be accomplished."

Ohio presents an interesting challenge for the Huskies defensively. The Bobcats are one of the few teams operating the "Pistol" offense. The pistol is like the shotgun, only the quarterback isn't as deep in the backfield and the tailback is lined up behind the QB. It's similar to the option in that playing assignment football is key.

"We're definitely aware of the pistol and their offense," Cory Hanson said. "Most of the teams in the MAC that run this true zone are east to west on the handoff in the shot gun. With the pistol, it's more north to south."

"They're completely different from anyone that we face," Kill said. "They're very good at executing what they do. If you don't play assignment football, it's going to be a long day."


BACK ON BOARD

By Joe Summins | Posted at 10:47 pm on Thursday, November 19, 2009

Former Huskie Britt Davis, who was signed by the New York Jets as a free agent May 1 and was waived Sept. 5, was signed to the Jets' practice squad Monday. During the preseason, he had five receptions for 54 yards.

GROWING UP BEFORE OUR EYES

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 8:37 am on Thursday, November 19, 2009

As has been alluded to by head coach Ricardo Patton and others surrounding the NIU basketball program, the final score in Champaign on Tuesday night may have not been the most important development of this early season.  What is exciting about this team is that its top-four expected scorers (Xavier Silas, Darion "Jake" Anderson, Sean Kowal and Mike DiNunno) have combined for just 58 points so far.  The scoring for those players will undoubtedly come around.  What the two games against Big Ten foes gave coach Patton to do was evaluate his team, and take a look at some other players that may help the Huskies down the road.  One of those players is Bryan Hall, who played his best all-around career game at No. 23/25 Illinois.  John Sahly of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle/HuskieWire.com caught up with Hall after the contest.  


GETTING ACCLIMATED

By Zach Peters | Posted at 12:42 am on Thursday, November 18, 2009

NIU volleyball freshman middle blocker/outside hitter Mary Kurisch is fitting in just fine in her first season of collegiate competition, as she has appeared in 99 of NIU's 105 sets, ranks second on the team with 70 blocks and ranks fourth with 158 kills.  But before the LaCrosse, Wis. native began to make an impact for the Huskies, she had to make get acclimated to a new level of competition.  Kirk Bey, from her hometown newspaper the Coulee News, chronicled her adjustment recently, click here to check it out. 


WE MEET AGAIN

By Zach Peters | Posted at 11:44 am on Thursday, November 18, 2009

Six days after dropping a close match to Central Michigan in the regular season finale in Mount Pleasant, Mich., the Huskie volleyball team will face the Chippewas again on Friday at 10 a.m. (CT) at the SeaGate Center in Toledo, Ohio in the second round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament, as CMU defeated Eastern Michigan in five sets in Mount Pleasant last night to advance out of the first round.

In other exciting volleyball news, the Huskies added four talented student-athletes to the 2010 roster today, as NIU received National Letters of Intent from Sarah Angelos (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan), Tori Halbur (Omaha, Neb./Millard West), Lauren Wicinski (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) and Kayla Zeno (Lake Elmo, Minn./Still Water Area).  For complete info on the newest Huskies, click here.


SPORTSCENTER TOP-10... No. 1 AGAIN!

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:42 am on Thursday, November 18, 2009

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You'll remember Tommy Davis netted the top spot in ESPN Sportscenter's Top-10 Plays after his kick-off return for touchdown against Eastern Michigan. Second verse... same as the first. Check out Bryan Hall snagging the number one spot for his half-court buzzer-beater against the Illini.

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REGULAR SEASON'S OVER, NOW WE PLAY ... ?

By Zach Peters | Posted at 3:19 pm on Tuesday, November 17, 2009

As a result of a three-way tiebreaker between NIU, Toledo and Central Michigan, the Huskies were awarded the fourth seed in the Mid-American Conference volleyball tournament, which begins tonight!  As the fourth seed, NIU will receive a first round bye, and will face tonight's winner of the No. 5 Central Michigan - No. 12 Eastern Michigan match, which is at 7 p.m. (ET) in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

The Huskies will then face the winner on Friday at 10 a.m. (CT) in Toledo, Ohio at the SeaGate Center, where the tournament is hosted.  To follow along with the entire tournament, click here.


Q&A WITH A COACH OF THE YEAR

By Joe Summins | Posted at 2:48 pm on Tuesday, November 17, 2009

NIU head football coach Jerry Kill, the 2007 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year, sat down for a Q&A with the folks at Liberty Mutual last week and it was posted on their website today. You may remember coach Kill was featured by Liberty Mutual in a video on its site earlier in the year.

MAC FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 12:46 pm on Tuesday, November 17, 2009

As ESPN's Graham Watson points, the race for the MAC Championship is essentially a playoff from here out. She explains everything very well in this article.


SPREADING GOODWILL

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 11:19 am on Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Members of the military and the United Auto Workers and unemployed residents have a chance to see the Mid-American Conference football championship at Ford Field for free.  On November 21, 10,000 free tickets will be distributed to those groups at the Detroit stadium.  Hopefully they'll be taking in a Huskies win en route to a MAC title!  


CATCH THE HUSKIES ON ESPN360.COM TONIGHT!

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 11:12 am on Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Can't make the trip to Champaign?  The ESPN network has you covered!  NIU and No. 23/25 Illinois will be carried live on ESPN360.com tonight beginning at 7 p.m.  Check your local listings!


TOUGH BREAK FOR SILAS, HUSKIES

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:56 am on Tuesday, November 17, 2009

As Huskie Nation has undoubtedly already heard, junior guard Xavier Silas will be sidelined for at least two weeks with a fractured right hand.  You've gotta feel for a kid that waited 20 months to get back on the court, only to garner some tough luck in his first game in an NIU uniform.  Silas made the trip to Champaign to cheer on his teammates, however, and caught up with John Sahly from the DeKalb Daily Chronicle/HuskieWire.com Monday.  


ELLIS HONORED, HUSKIES PLAY TONIGHT

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:38 am on Tuesday, November 17, 2009

NIU women's basketball player Ebony Ellis was named MAC West Player of the Week after going all Dwight Howard on Bradley with 22 points and 17 rebounds. You can come see the reigning MAC PotW live tonight when the Huskies take on Western Illinois at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center. Tickets here, by calling (815) 753-6800 or at the door.


WEBER: THEY CAN COME HERE

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:18 am on Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Huskie men's basketball team travels to the University of Illinois tonight. Bruce Weber, coach of the Fighting Illini, claims he will not play any in-state teams on the road. This from the Freeport Journal Standard:

"We'll play the state schools, if they want to come to us,'' Weber said.

And just so we're clear...

"They can come here,'' Weber said.

I must refrain from commentary, but that doesn't mean you have to. Feel free to send your thoughts to houghtaling@niu.edu. I'll be glad to post some of the cleaner comments here on the blog.


A 360 VIEW FOR FOOTBALL

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:18 am on Monday, November 16, 2009

Northern Illinois' MAC West showdown against Central Michigan on Friday, November 27 will be shown on ESPN360.com at noon (central time). Catch further details here.


FOULS FOIL HUSKIES IN EVANSTON

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Darion "Jake" Anderson showed that can help his team in more ways than scoring.

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:04 am on Monday, November 16, 2009

The Huskie men's basketball looked good in stretches of its season-opener, but foul trouble kept NIU from staying with Northwestern Friday night. You can catch the game recap and box score. You can catch the DeKalb Daily Chronicle's rehash here.


ELLIS STANDS TALL IN WIN

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By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 8:55 am on Monday, November 16, 2009

It's always nice to get a win to tip-of a season. It's even better when it's over an in-state rival, say for instance, Bradley. The Huskie women's basketball team got its season going right by grinding out a victory over the Braves Friday night at the Convo. You can catch the official game recap along with the box score.

HAVE A HAPPENING?

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 8:55 am on Monday, November 16, 2009

Have a Huskie Happening we missed? Let us know by e-mailing us here! We only have so many sets of eyes, but the Huskie Nation sees all!

 

 

 

Event Calendar
Women's Soccer
Thursday, Sept 18 vs Green Bay
Women's Volleyball
Friday, Sept 19 at Cal Poly
Women's Tennis
Friday, Sept 19 at Gopher Invite
Men's Tennis
Friday, Sept 19 vs Roger Knapp Invite
Football
Saturday, Sept 20 at Arkansas
Softball
Saturday, Sept 20 at UIC
Softball
Saturday, Sept 20 vs Kirkwood CC
Men's Soccer
Saturday, Sept 20 vs Marquette
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Sept 20 vs Santa Clara
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Sept 20 at UC Santa Barbara
Men's Golf
Saturday, Sept 20 at Wolf Run Intercollegiate
Women's Tennis
Saturday, Sept 20 at Gopher Invite
Men's Tennis
Saturday, Sept 20 vs Roger Knapp Invite
Men's Golf
Sunday, Sept 21 at Wolf Run Intercollegiate
Women's Tennis
Sunday, Sept 21 at Gopher Invite
Men's Tennis
Sunday, Sept 21 vs Roger Knapp Invite
Women's Golf
Monday, Sept 22 at Cardinal Classic
Men's Soccer
Tuesday, Sept 23 at Milwaukee
Women's Golf
Tuesday, Sept 23 at Cardinal Classic
Women's Soccer
Friday, Sept 26 at Central Michigan
Women's Volleyball
Friday, Sept 26 vs Toledo
Softball
Saturday, Sept 27 vs Heartland CC
Softball
Saturday, Sept 27 vs Rock Valley College
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Sept 27 vs Ball State

 

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