Illinois Releases Complete 2005-06 Mens Basketball Schedule
2005-06 Men's Basketball Schedule
- A pair of contests against Mid-American Conference Tournament
Champion Ohio University and six other match-ups against postseason
qualifiers highlights another challenging MAC schedule for the Northern
Illinois University mens basketball program, announced Tuesday
(Aug. 30) by league commissioner Rick Chryst.
The 18-game MAC slate will see the Huskies face National Invitation
Tournament participants Western Michigan and Kent State on two occasions,
in addition to home contests against Buffalo and Miami. Last season,
the MAC had a record five teams qualify for postseason play, highlighted
by Ohios run to the NCAA Tournament. Western Michigan and
Buffalo both came away victorious in their opening-round NIT match-ups.
The Huskies open MAC competition at defending West Division champion
Toledo on Dec. 3, before returning home for back-to-back tilts at
the Convocation Center against 2005 East Division winner Miami (Jan.
3) and Buffalo (Jan. 7).
The Mid-American Conference is as competitive as it has ever
been, and night-in and night-out you must play your best basketball
or you will fall out of contention quickly, head coach Rob
Judson said. This seasons schedule has a much better
rhythm to it. We will have back-to-back home games four times during
the conference season and it is really balanced throughout January
Huskie fans will enjoy four home weekend contests, beginning with
that Jan. 7 contest against Buffalo. Other weekend home dates include
Saturday affairs with Kent State (Jan. 21) and Western Michigan
(Feb. 4) and a Sunday tilt versus Eastern Michigan (Feb. 26), led
by first year head coach Charles Ramsey.
Northern Illinois opens the 2005-06 campaign on Monday, Nov. 14
with an exhibition contest against Benedictine, before traveling
to Springfield, MO, to face Missouri Valley power Missouri State
(formerly Southwest Missouri State) on Nov. 19.