NIU Men's Cagers Square Off With Akron On Tuesday

GO HUSKIES NIU senior Shaun Logan and the Huskies take on Akron on Tuesday night.
NIU senior Shaun Logan and the Huskies take on Akron on Tuesday night.

Feb. 11, 2008

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DeKalb, Ill. - Northern Illinois rounds out its Mid-American Conference East Division slate on Tuesday (Feb. 12), as the Huskies travel to Ohio to square off with Akron for the MAC Television Game of the Week. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. (CST) at the James A. Rhodes Arena.
   The game can be found on DirecTV channels 637 and 638. Michael Reghi provides the play-by-play and Steve Mix will handle the color analysis.
Northern Illinois ran into a buzzsaw in MAC East-leading Kent State on Saturday (Feb. 9) afternoon, as the host Golden Flashes drained a MAC season-high 15 three-pointers on their way to the 82-67 victory over the Huskies. NIU freshman Darion Anderson led four Huskie players in double-figures with 15 points. Anderson leads NIU in scoring with 10.4 points-per-game.
   Akron, playing without leading scorer Jeremiah Wood (right knee), earned the 70-61 win over Ball State on Saturday night. Zips' forward Nate Linhart led four Akron players in double-figures with a game-high 19 points. Akron senior guard Nick Dials paces the Zips' offensive attack with 12.5 points and 4.5 assists-per-game.

All-Time Series: Akron holds a 17-6 lead over the Huskies in their all-time series.

The Last Time: Akron senior guard Dru Joyce scored 18 points to lead five players in double-figures, leading the Zips to the 87-64 victory over Northern Illinois at the NIU Convocation Center on January 24, 2007. NIU junior guard Zach Pancratz topped the Huskies with 13 points, including three three-pointers.

My Name Is: NIU freshman guard Darion Anderson also is referred to as "Jake", short for his middle name, Jakeon.

Perfect From The Line: The following Huskies have made at least their last 10 free throw attempts:

Sean Smith, 16-for-16 (last miss - 12/4/07 vs. Air Force);

Jarvis Nichols, 13-for-13 (last miss - 1/19/08 vs. Central Michigan);

Darion Anderson, 10-for-10 (last miss - 2/2/08 vs. Ohio)

Bracketbuster: Northern Illinois will host Tennessee State in the sixth annual O'Reilly Bracketbusters Event on Sunday, February 24 at the NIU Convocation Center. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. (CST).

Like Father, Like Son: NIU head coach Ricardo Patton is one of 13 coaches across America, whose son is playing for his squad. Michael Patton is a freshman point guard for the Huskies, who is averaging 6.2 points-per-game.

Recruiting Class: NIU head coach Ricardo Patton has inked four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, including guards Mike Dinunno (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben), Bryan Hall (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young), Dominique Johnson (Detroit, Mich./Southwest Tennessee C.C.) and forward Tyler Storm (Geneseo, Ill./Geneseo) to play for the Huskies in 2008.

Welcome Back Jake: Since his return to the starting line-up, freshman guard Darion Anderson is averaging 13.5 points-per-game in NIU's last six contests.

From Long Range: NIU freshman guard Michael Patton has knocked down 24 three-pointers this season, the most by a freshman since teammate Zach Pancratz had 28 during the 2004-05 campaign.

Double-Digit Darion: Freshman guard Darion Anderson has scored in double-figures in each of his last five contests. The last Huskie to accomplish that feat in six consecutive games played was guard Mike McKinney during the 2005-06 campaign from 11/28/05 to 12/30/05.

Are You Experienced?: Of NIU's 11 active players, the Huskies have seven student-athletes who are in their first season of Division I basketball.

Freshman `20': With his 20 point performance against Western Michigan on January 5, guard Michael Patton became NIU's second freshman this season, joining Darion Anderson (23 points, Indiana State, Nov. 20; 22 points, Central Michigan, Jan. 19), to reach the 20-point plateau. The last time NIU had two freshmen each score at least 20 points in a game during a season was during the 1973-74 campaign, when both Carroll Holmes and Ricky Hicks each accomplished that feat.

Fine Freshman: Huskie guard Darion Anderson is second among MAC freshmen in scoring (as of Feb. 11), as he is averaging 10.4 points-per-game. Bowling Green's Chris Knight tops the MAC with 10.8 points-per-game.

Paradise Lost: NIU senior guard Ryan Paradise announced on January 11 that he would hang up his No. 10 jersey due to the pain from the numerous injuries that he has sustained throughout his tenure as a Huskie.

Blazin' Bench: The NIU bench outscored the Huskie starters 41-22 in the 77-63 loss to Central Michigan on Saturday (Jan. 18), marking the seventh time this season, the most in NIU Division I history, that the reserves have accomplished that feat. As a team, NIU's bench is averaging 27.4 points-per-game.

Top Dawg: NIU guard Darion Anderson (10.4 ppg.) is the first Huskie freshman to lead the team in scoring since all-time leading scorer T.J. Lux averaged 15.2 points-per-game as a rookie during the 1995-96 campaign.

Getting To The Line: NIU has converted at least 20 free throws in their last two games. The last time the Huskies were able to do that in three straight games was during the 2002-03 campaign against Ohio (21, 1/15/03), Eastern Michigan (21, 1/18/03) and Bowling Green (22, 1/25/03).

Long Lost Range: Senior Zach Pancratz is sitting out the 2007-08 season after undergoing left shoulder surgery to correct continued instability in his non-shooting arm.

Up Next: NIU hosts Western Michigan on Sunday, February 17 for a 3 p.m. (CST) tip-off at the Convocation Center.



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