Huskies Return to the Road Saturday at Akron

GO HUSKIES Freshman guard Aaric Armstead scored a career-high 17 points last time out
GO HUSKIES
Freshman guard Aaric Armstead scored a career-high 17 points last time out
GO HUSKIES

Feb. 14, 2014

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Northern Illinois Huskies (11-12, 5-6 MAC) at Akron Zips (16-8, 8-3 MAC)
Date / Time: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 / 6 p.m. CT (7 p.m. ET)
Site: James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, Ohio
Radio: WLBK 1360-AM, 98.9-FM in DeKalb, Ill. • WJOL 1340-AM in Joliet, Ill. • NIUTube (NIUHuskies.com)
Live Video: mac-sports.com
Live Stats: GoZips.com
Twitter Updates: @NIUscores
All-time Series: Akron leads 20-9
Last Meeting: Jan. 12, 2013 • Akron, 68-53

DID YOU KNOW?
• NIU is playing its final regular season game against a MAC East opponent. NIU’s remaining six games are all against the MAC West.
• The 88 points NIU scored last time out against Central Michigan are the most for the Huskies against a Division I opponent since scoring 99 against Chicago State on Jan. 6, 2010.
Aksel Bolin ranks first in the MAC in three-point percentage during league play, connecting on 48.3 percent (14-of-29) of his triple tries. Bolin is averaging 9.3 points per game in conference play.
• Bolin is averaging 11.7 points per game over his last five games, shooting 58.6 percent from the field, 50 percent from three and 93.3 percent from the free-throw line during that stretch.
Pete Rakocevic is shooting 70 percent (14-of-20) from the field over the past six games.
Jordan Threloff is averaging 11.1 points per game over the last seven games, shooting 56.3 percent from the field.
Daveon Balls scored 11 points last time out against Central Michigan (Feb. 12), his third double figure scoring game of the season and his first career double figure scoring game in conference play.  
Travon Baker has scored in double figures in 11 of the last 15 games; he is averaging 10.8 points per game in conference play. Baker is also averaging 2.3 steals per contest in league play, tied for second in the MAC.   
Aaric Armstead is averaging 8.0 points per game in 12 games since replacing an injured Dontel Highsmith in the starting lineup. In league play, Armstead is fifth among freshmen in scoring (7.7 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (3.9 rpg).
Aksel Bolin has appeared 105 games during his NIU career, but saw his streak of 86 consecutive games snapped at Ball State due to illness. The NIU record for career games played in 117, by Anthony Maestranzi and Todd Peterson (2002-06).
• The Huskies have won five road games this season, the most for the program since winning six in 2005-06.
• The Huskies have lost 46 man games due to injury this season, not including redshirts, and are currently dressing just eight scholarship players.  

ABOUT AKRON
• Akron has a 16-8 overall record, 8-3 in Mid-American Conference play, the Zips are coming off a 57-54 setback at Western Michigan on Wednesday night (Feb. 12).
• Two players are scoring in double figures for the Zips, led by 14.1 points per game from Demetrius Treadwell. Treadwell is also the leading rebounder for the Zips at 8.8 boards per contest. Akron’s other double figure scorer is Quincy Diggs (12.3 ppg).
• Akron is 9-1 at home this season, its lone home loss was a 75-61 defeat against Toledo (Jan. 18).
• The Zips have played in the MAC Tournament championship game in each of the last seven season, the second-longest streak in the country behind Gonzaga.

THE LAST MEETING
• Akron claimed a 68-53 victory over NIU on Jan. 12, 2013 at the NIU Convocation Center. The Zips led by just six midway through the second half before an 11-2 run extended their advantage.
Darrell Bowie scored a then-career best 13 points to lead NIU.
• Reggie McAdams came off the bench to lead Akron with 20 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES
• Akron leads the all-time series with NIU, 20-9. The Zips have won the last two overall meetings.
• The last Huskie victory in the series was an 83-74 win in DeKalb on Jan. 26, 2011. Xavier Silas scored 39 points in the contest on 9-of-17 shooting from the field and 16-of-20 from the free-throw line.
• NIU has just two wins all-time at Akron, the last one coming on Feb. 12, 2008 (88-78). NIU’s other victory at Akron was a 48-30 victory on Jan. 26, 1991.

LAST TIME OUT
• NIU stormed past Central Michigan, 88-63, as the Huskies shot a season-high 57.7 percent from the field, including 66.7 percent in the second half.
• The 88 points were the most for the Huskies against a Division I opponent since scoring 99 against Chicago State on Jan. 6, 2010.
• The 25-point margin of victory is NIU’s highest in a conference game since defeating Eastern Michigan 94-61 (33) on Feb. 26, 2006.
• Four Huskies scored in double figures, Darrell Bowie (19), Aaric Armstead (17), Jordan Threloff (14) and Daveon Balls (11).
• Aaric Armstead’s 17 points marked a new career-high; he also tied a career-high with eight rebounds.
• Central Michigan claimed just 19 rebounds, the fewest by a Huskie opponent this season. NIU outrebounded the Chippewas by 20 in the contest (39-19).

THE TURNAROUND
• Third-year head coach Mark Montgomery has NIU headed in the right direction, after two years of laying the foundation of his program; the fruits of that labor are starting to show. Consider the following…
• NIU’s 11 wins this season is more than double its total from the two previous years combined (11). The 11 wins are the most for a Huskie team since going 17-11 during the 2005-06 season.
• NIU currently has a RPI of 203; the Huskies have not finished with an RPI above 260 since the 2005-06 season.
• The Huskies currently rank 225 in the KenPom ratings. NIU has not finished a season above 230 since the 2006-07 campaign.  
• The Huskies have won five road games this season, the most for the program since winning six in 2005-06.
• The Huskies finished the non-conference portion of the schedule with a 6-6 record, marking the most non-conference wins for NIU since winning six in 1999-2000.
• In NIU’s 88-63 victory over Central Michigan (Feb. 12), the Huskies recorded their largest margin of victory over a conference foe (25) since defeating Eastern Michigan 94-61 (33) on Feb. 26, 2006. NIU’s 88 points is the most for the program against a Division I opponent since defeating Chicago State 99-93 on Jan. 6, 2010.
• NIU had a three-game winning streak from Jan. 29-Feb. 4, winning at Kent State and Ball State along with a home win over Miami (Ohio). The three-game winning streak is NIU’s longest since winning six-straight in the 2009-10 season (Jan. 2, 2010-Jan. 20, 2010).
• NIU defeated Bowling Green, 45-36, to record its first victory at Bowling Green since 2006. The 36 points allowed by the Huskies were the fewest allowed by NIU since holding Akron to 30 in a 48-30 victory on Jan. 26, 1991.


 

 

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