Jan. 31, 2011
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois men's basketball will host Seattle University in its 2011 ESPNU BracketBusters contest announced on Monday. The game between the Huskies and Redhawks will take place on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the NIU Convocation Center, beginning at 3 p.m. NIU will also be hosting its annual Alumni Day festivities on Feb. 19, the alumni game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
Northern Illinois and Seattle will be playing for the first time. The contest will be NIU's seventh all-time BracketBuster game and just its second home game in the event. NIU's previous home contest came on Feb. 17, 2007, when the Huskies fell, 82-76, to UW-Green Bay. The Huskies are 1-5 all-time in the BracketBuster, having won at Southeastern Missouri State on Feb. 21, 2009. Last season, NIU fell, 73-70, at Eastern Illinois (Feb. 20, 2010) in its BracketBuster contest.
Seattle University is 8-13 on the season heading into tonight when it plays on the road at Loyola Marymount. The Redhawks have recorded wins over Oregon State and Virginia this season. Aaron Broussard is the leading scorer and rebounder for Seattle, averaging 15.0 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for second-year head coach Cameron Dollar.
Seattle is in its third season back as a NCAA Division I school after leaving NCAA Division I in 1980. The Redhawks competed at the NAIA level from 1980-2002 and as a NCAA Division II institution from 2002-09. Seattle has been competing as a NCAA Division I independent since 2008-09. Seattle reached the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament 11 times between 1953 and 1969, including an appearance in the national championship game in 1958, led by hall of famer Elgin Baylor.
As part of the ESPNU BracketBusters agreement, NIU will return the game to Seattle in the future.