Oct. 11, 2007
DeKalb, Ill. - With practice beginning, the Northern Illinois Athletics Department announced two events that will help fans get ready for the Huskie men's and women's basketball seasons. A Basketball Tip-Off Celebration is planned for Wednesday, October 24th at Eduardo's Restaurant in DeKalb, and the 2nd Annual Huskie Hoopla will be held on October 26th at Victor E. Court.
Eduardo's restaurant, located at 214 Lincoln Highway, will be the backdrop for the Basketball Tip-Off Celebration as NIU men's basketball coach Ricardo Patton and women's basketball coach Carol Owens will be in attendance to meet and greet Huskie fans beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is free, so be sure to get the early scouting report from the NIU coaches.
Two days later, NIU Athletics will host the 2nd Annual Huskie Hoopla, featuring the NIU men's and women's basketball squads, at Victor E. Court. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the action will begin at 8 p.m. The first 100 people at the event will receive free pizza and pop.
The event will feature a men's and women's scrimmage, various contests, including both a slam-dunk contest and a Halloween costume contest that will be judged by the NIU basketball players. Fans will have the opportunity to win various prizes throughout the night and can meet their favorite Huskies.
Season tickets for men's basketball ($119) and women's basketball ($50) are available through the NIU Ticket Office at (815) 752-6800, and can be ordered online at www.niuhuskies.com.
The men's basketball team opens up the exhibition campaign on November 2nd, as they welcome Aurora at 7 p.m. The women's squad takes to the court on November 6th, as Robert Morris comes to the NIU Convocation Center for en exhibition showdown at 7 p.m.