Oct. 24, 2012
DEKALB, Ill. -- The annual Huskie Basketball Tip-Off, featuring Northern Illinois head basketball coaches Mark Montgomery and Kathi Bennett, will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 5-7 p.m., at Eduardo’s Mexican Restaurant on East Lincoln Highway in downtown DeKalb.
Montgomery, entering his second season as head coach of the NIU men’s basketball program, and Bennett, beginning her third campaign as head coach of the NIU women’s program, will be on hand to talk about their respective teams as they enter the 2012-13 basketball season.
Eduardo’s, a proud partner of Huskie Athletics, will provide heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. The event is free and open to the public.
In his second season in charge of the Huskie men’s program, Montgomery welcomes back his top-five leading scorers and top-six rebounders from a season ago. The Huskie men will look to build upon last season’s finish when they defeated MAC West champion Eastern Michigan in the opening round of the MAC Tournament, NIU’s first tournament victory since 2003.
After reaching the MAC Tournament quarterfinals for the first time since 2007 last season, Bennett and the NIU women return eight players and over 60 percent of their points and rebounds. Showing the principles of Bennett's famed "pack" defense, the Huskies ranked in the top four in the league in scoring defense, opponent field goal percentage, opponent three-point percentage and defensive rebounding last season and look to take the next step this year.
Basketball season tickets are on sale now, including the combined men’s and women’s season ticket which gives fans 27 games for just $126.
Also available this season is the Huskie Value Pack, featuring 10 general admission vouchers redeemable for any NIU men’s or women’s basketball game for just $30. In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Convocation Center, Huskie Value Packs are available for just $10 until the end of the calendar year (December 31).
Season tickets for NIU men’s basketball are available to the general public for just $99, or $86 for NIU football season ticket holders, faculty/staff or seniors. Season tickets reserve Huskie fans the same seats for all 15 Huskie men’s home games this season at a 33 percent discount over single game prices. Courtside season tickets are also available for $399.
NIU women’s basketball season tickets are just $50, or $40 for NIU football season ticket holders, faculty/staff or seniors. Season tickets for Huskie women’s basketball are a 48 percent discount over single game prices and guarantee fans the same seat for all 12 Huskie women’s home games this season. Courtside season tickets are also available for $100.
Fans can purchase season tickets by calling (815) 753-1923 or logging on to www.NIUHuskies.com/tickets.