Huskies Welcome Ohio to DeKalb Saturday Night

GO HUSKIES Sophomore guard J.J. Cravatta
GO HUSKIES
Sophomore guard J.J. Cravatta
GO HUSKIES

Jan. 17, 2014

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Northern Illinois Huskies (7-8, 1-2 MAC) vs. Ohio Bobcats (12-4, 2-1 MAC)
Date / Time: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 / 7 p.m.
Site: NIU Convocation Center • DeKalb, Ill.
Radio: WLBK 1360-AM, 98.9-FM in DeKalb, Ill. • WJOL 1340-AM in Joliet, Ill. • WRMN 1410-AM in Elgin, Ill. • NIUTube (NIUHuskies.com)
Live Video: NIUHuskies.com
Live Stats: NIUHuskies.com
Twitter Updates: @NIUscores
All-time Series: Ohio leads 30-16
Last Meeting: Jan. 16, 2013 • Ohio 81-63

HUSKIE FOOTBALL TEAM TO BE HONORED
At halftime of Saturday night’s game, the 2012 NIU football team will be recognized for its 12-2, MAC West Division Championship season and NIU will also present a check to Active Heroes for the money raised during the auction of the special Active Heroes jerseys the Huskies wore against Ball State.

WHAT’S TRENDING
• NIU is playing its fourth consecutive conference game against a member of the MAC East. The Huskies will play their first game against a division foe on Wednesday (Jan. 22) when they travel to Toledo.
• NIU ranks 35th nationally in rebounding margin, outrebounding opponents by an average of 6.0 rebounds per game, and 49th nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 64.6 points per game.
Aaron Armstead recorded his first career double-double against Kent State, scoring 15 points with a career-best 10 rebounds. Armstead also ranks 10th in the MAC in free-throw shooting at 80.5 percent.
Travon Baker has scored in double figures six times this season, including 13 points in each of the last two games against Bowling Green and Kent State. Baker is averaging 10 points per game over the last seven contests.   
• In the last four games since returning to the starting lineup for an injured Dontel Highsmith, Aaric Armstead has averaged 9.0 points per game, while playing 29.3 minutes per contest.
Darrell Bowie has scored in double figures seven times this season; he is also averaging 7.4 rebounds per game, sixth-best in the MAC. Bowie is averaging 9.4 rebounds per game in the last five contests.
• Senior Aksel Bolin is closing in on 100 career games played. Bolin has appeared in 98 games in his Huskie career, including 82 consecutive appearances. Bolin is averaging 7.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game during league play.  

ABOUT OHIO
• Ohio comes to DeKalb with a 12-4 overall record, 2-1 in Mid-American Conference play. The Bobcats have won five of their last six games with the lone defeat coming in double overtime against Akron.
• Two players are scoring in double figures for the Bobcats, led by 15.3 points per game from Maurice Ndour, he is also NIU’s leading rebounder at 7.2 boards per contest. Nick Kellogg is also scoring in double figures at 14.6 points per game.
• Ohio currently ranks third in the MAC in scoring defense, allowing just 64.5 points per game. NIU is just behind the Bobcats in fourth at 64.6 points per contest.

THE LAST MEETING
• The Bobcats claimed an 81-63 victory over the Huskies last season (Jan. 16, 2013) in Athens. NIU led just before the midway point of the first half before Ohio used a 20-0 run pull away.
• Four Huskies scored in double figures, including 14 points from Keith Gray, 10 points from Darrell Bowie and 10 points from J.J. Cravatta.
• Walter Offutt scored a game-high 19 points to led Ohio; the Bobcats shot 50.9 percent from the field in the contest.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES
• Ohio leads the all-time series with NIU, 30-16. The Bobcats have won each of the last six meetings in the series.
• NIU’s last victory in the series was an 81-74 triumph in Athens on Feb. 10, 2007.
• The Bobcats have a 12-9 edge in games played in DeKalb, including victories in each of their last three trips to NIU. The last time NIU defeated Ohio in DeKalb was on Jan. 17, 2006 (64-59).

LAST TIME OUT
• NIU led Kent State by as much as 13, but fell to the Golden Flashes in overtime, 73-64. Devareaux Manley knocked in a 30-foot three-pointer in the final minute to force overtime.
Aaron Armstead recorded his first career double-double to lead NIU, scoring a team-high 15 points while grabbing a career-best 10 rebounds.
Travon Baker (13) and Aaric Armstead (12) also scored in double figures for the Huskies.
• NIU shot a season-best 41.7 percent from three-point range against Kent State and also made a season-best 27 free throws.
• Kris Brewer scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Golden Flashes, it was the most points scored by a Huskie opponent this season.