NIU Returns to the Road to Face Western Michigan



Jan. 10, 2012

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Northern Illinois Huskies (1-12, 0-1 MAC) at Western Michigan Broncos (6-9, 0-1 MAC)
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT)
Location: University Arena • Kalamazoo, Mich.
Radio: WLBK 1360-AM in DeKalb, WJOL 1340-AM in Joliet and WKRS 1220-AM in Waukegan
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The Match-Up
Northern Illinois travels to Western Michigan on Wednesday for its Mid-American Conference road opener. The Huskies visit to Kalamazoo is their first road game since Dec. 10 and their first trip outside the State of Illinois since Nov. 28. NIU opened MAC play at home last Saturday against Eastern Michigan, Zach Miller tied career highs with nine points and three rebounds against the Eagles, he also registered four assists and no turnovers in the contest.

About Western Michigan
Western Michigan enters Wednesday’s game with a 6-9 overall record, 0-1 in the Mid-American Conference. The Broncos played an extremely challenging non-conference schedule that included road games at Purdue, Gonzaga, Detorit, Oakland and Duke. Matt Stainbrook and Demetrius Ward lead the way for the Broncos, averaging 13.5 and 13.2 points per game, respectively. Mike Douglas also averages in double figures Western Michigan at 12.2 points per contest. Steve Hawkins is in his ninth season as the head coach of the Broncos, who were the preseason favorite to win the MAC West.  

Against the Broncos
Northern Illinois trails in the all-time series with Western Michigan, 48-29. The Broncos have won the last three meetings; NIU’s last win came on Jan. 13, 2010, an 87-77 victory in DeKalb. Western Michigan leads the series in Kalamazoo, 31-8; NIU’s last road win in the series came on March 4, 2006, a 74-59 decision. Last year in Kalamazoo, Xavier Silas had 23 and Tim Toler scored 18 but the Broncos made a tip-in with 0.5 seconds left to win, 82-80.

Michigan Homecoming
Freshman guard Marquavese Ford and four members of the NIU men’s basketball staff will be making their homecoming to the Great Lakes State on Wednesday night. Ford, along with assistant coach Lou Dawkins, are from Saginaw, Mich. NIU head coach Mark Montgomery is a native of Inkster, Mich., assistant coach Jon Borovich hails from Bloomfield Hills and Director of Basketball Operations Jason Larson is a native of Manistee. NIU is making its first of three appearances in the Wolverine State.

On the Road Again
After playing five-straight home games, Wednesday’s contest marks the first road game for NIU since Dec. 10 when the Huskies traveled to UIC. The game in Kalamazoo is also the first game outside of the State of Illinois for the Huskies since Nov. 28 when they played at Utah Valley.

Getting Defensive
The Huskies have held 10 of their 13 opponents thus far below their current season scoring average. The only schools to exceed their season average against the Huskies have been Purdue, Iowa and Nebraska Omaha. Western Michigan comes into Wednesday’s contest averaging 70.1 points per game.

Looking Ahead
Northern Illinois will return home on Saturday, Jan. 14, when the Huskies host Central Michigan at 3:30 p.m. at the NIU Convocation Center. The contest will be the second game of a doubleheader with the NIU women hosting Toledo at 1 p.m.



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