Huskies Ready for Sunday Matchup at CMU

GO HUSKIES Freshman Aaric Armstead recorded his first career double-double last time out
GO HUSKIES
Freshman Aaric Armstead recorded his first career double-double last time out
GO HUSKIES

Feb. 22, 2014

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Northern Illinois Huskies (12-13, 6-7 MAC) at Central Michigan Chippewas (9-16, 2-11 MAC)
Date / Time: Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 / 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET)
Site: McGuirk Arena • Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
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: CMUChippewas.com
Twitter Updates: @NIUscores
All-time Series: NIU leads 51-46
Last Meeting: Feb. 12, 2014 • NIU, 88-63

DID YOU KNOW?
• NIU’s 61-59 double overtime win over Eastern Michigan (Feb. 20) was the first multiple overtime game for the Huskies since falling in two overtimes to Kent State, 86-83, on Feb. 10, 2009.
• The Huskies have won seven games this season by seven points or less, NIU won just one game by seven or fewer points all of last season.
Jordan Threloff has scored in double figures in seven of the last nine games and is averaging 13.2 points per game over the last nine, shooting 54.1 percent from the field and 79.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Jordan Threloff (27 points, 18 rebounds) and Aaric Armstead (13 points, 10 rebounds) each recorded their first career double-double last time out against Eastern Michigan.  
• NIU is ranked 40th nationally in scoring defense (64.0 ppg) and 44th in rebounding margin (+4.7). The Huskies also rank 64th in three-point field goal defense (32.0 percent).
Aaric Armstead is averaging 8.7 points per game in 14 games since replacing an injured Dontel Highsmith in the starting lineup. In league play, Armstead is fifth among freshmen in scoring (8.5 ppg) and third in rebounding (4.2 rpg). Armstead is the only player that ranks in the top-five in both categories.
Darrell Bowie has grabbed seven-or-more rebounds 16 times this season. Bowie ranks ninth in the MAC in rebounding (7.0 rpg).
Travon Baker is also averaging 2.2 steals per contest in league play, third-best in the MAC.
Pete Rakocevic is shooting 71.4 percent (15-of-21) from the field over the past eight games.
• NIU’s 12 wins this season are more than double its total from the two previous years combined (10). The 12 wins are the most for a Huskie team since going 17-11 during the 2005-06 season.
Aksel Bolin has appeared 107 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).
• NIU has won nine of the 10 games this season in which it has had a better field goal percentage than its opponent.
• The Huskies have won five road games this season, the most for the program since winning six in 2005-06.
• The Huskies have lost 51 man games due to injury this season, not including redshirts, and are currently dressing nine scholarship players.

ABOUT CENTRAL MICHIGAN
• Central Michigan brings a 9-16 overall record, 2-11 in Mid-American Conference play, into Sunday’s contest under second-year head coach Keno Davis. The Chippewas are coming off a 101-95 triple overtime win over Ball State.
• CMU has three players scoring in double figures as Chris Fowler (18.0 ppg), John Simons (11.0 ppg) and Braylon Rayson (10.5) are all scoring in double figures for the Chippewas.
• Central Michigan ranks second in the MAC in scoring offense, averaging 74.8 points per game. The Chippewas have attempted 624 three-point field goals, 63 more than anyone in the MAC (Kent State, 561).

THE LAST MEETING
• NIU claimed an 88-63 victory over Central Michigan in the first meeting of the season on Feb. 12 at the NIU Convocation Center. The Huskies shot 57.7 percent from the floor in the contest, including 66.7 percent in the second half.
Darrell Bowie scored a game-high 19 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists to lead NIU.
Aaric Armstead added 17 points, Jordan Threloff had 14 points and Daveon Balls chipped in 11 points.
• NIU’s 88 points is the most against a Division I opponent since scoring 99 on Jan. 6, 2010 against Chicago State.
• The 25-point margin of victory is NIU’s largest over a conference foe since defeating Eastern Michigan 94-61 (33) on Feb. 26, 2006.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES
• NIU holds a 51-46 advantage in the all-time series against Central Michigan, but the Chippewas have a 31-15 edge in meetings played in Mt. Pleasant.
• Last season’s 74-61 win in Mt. Pleasant was NIU’s first road win against Central Michigan since 2006.
• The Huskies and Chippewas have split the last six overall meetings in the series.

THRELOFF LEADS HUSKIES IN DOUBLE OVERTIME THRILLER
Jordan Threloff recorded his first career double-double with a career-best 27 points and a career-high 18 rebounds as NIU defeated Eastern Michigan, 61-59, in double overtime on Feb. 20.
• Threloff capped his monster night with a tip-in to win the game in double overtime with 0.8 seconds to play. Threloff’s tip-in was No. 9 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays of the night.
Aaric Armstead also recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.
• Four Huskies played over 40 minutes in the contest, with Aaric Armstead playing a team-high 44 minutes. Darrell Bowie, Jordan Threloff and Travon Baker each played 42 minutes. Eastern Michigan’s Mike Talley played a game-high 47 minutes.
• NIU outrebounded the Eagles 63-42; the Huskies also had a 20-10 edge in second chance points and a 34-14 advantage in points in the paint.
• The contest was NIU’s first multiple overtime game since falling in two overtimes to Kent State, 86-83, on Feb. 10, 2009.

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 12 wins this season are more than double its total from the two previous years combined (10). The 12 wins are the most for a Huskie team since going 17-11 during the 2005-06 season.
• The seven-win improvement over last season’s five wins is already NIU’s ninth-best single season win improvement in school history. With two more wins, NIU would tie a school record for the biggest single-season turnaround in program history.
• NIU’s six conference wins are also the most for the Huskies since recorded 12 during the 2005-06 season.
• NIU currently has a RPI of 198; the Huskies have not finished with an RPI above 260 since the 2005-06 season.
• The Huskies currently rank 221 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.
• NIU has had 64 double figure scoring games this season, NIU had just 46 such performances last year.
• The Huskies have had 38 seven-plus rebound performances this season, NIU had just 22 a year ago.  
• 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.