Oct. 19, 2010
DeKALB - The annual Huskie Basketball Tip-Off featuring Northern Illinois head basketball coaches Ricardo Patton and Kathi Bennett is set for Nov. 2 from 6-8 p.m. at Eduardo's Mexican Restaurant in downtown DeKalb.
Patton, who is entering his fourth year as the leader of the NIU men's basketball program, and Bennett, who was chosen as the ninth women's basketball coach in Huskie history just five months ago, will give brief summaries of the status of each program before taking time to mingle with Huskie fans and answer questions about their teams.
Eduardo's, a proud partner of Huskie Athletics, will provide free light appetizers and is offering a cash bar during the event.
The men's team returns eight letterwinners, including Xavier Silas. An All-Mid-American Conference performer, Silas was the only player in the conference to rank in the top-five in the league in scoring (19.7 ppg) and in the top-20 in rebounding (5.3 rpg).
Bennett enters her first season at NIU with a .624 winning percentage in 17 years as a head coach. She will have the benefit of seven returning letterwinners, including All-MAC performers Marke Freeman and Ebony Ellis.
Basketball season tickets, including a combined men's basketball/football or men's basketball/women's basketball season ticket packages are priced at just $86. Faculty and/or staff, along with senior citizens, can also purchase men's basketball season tickets for $86. For the general public, the 15-game men's basketball season ticket package is just $100, while season courtside seats for "the best seats in the house" are $400. Overall, men's basketball season ticket holders receive a 33 percent discount off the cost of each single game seat.
Women's basketball season tickets cost just $50 for the general public, while a season courtside seat package will be priced at $100. Through the various packages, fans can receive up to a 48 percent discount for general public season tickets this season, along with a 58 percent discount for faculty/staff and senior citizens.
Fan can purchase season tickets by calling (815) 752-6800 or logging on to www.NIUHuskies.com/tickets.