Huskies Open Regular Season Friday Against Omaha

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Sophomore wing Darrell Bowie
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Nov. 7, 2013

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Northern Illinois Huskies (0-0, 0-0 MAC) vs. Omaha Mavericks (0-0, 0-0 Summit)
Date / Time:  Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 / 7 p.m. CT
Site: NIU Convocation Center • DeKalb, Ill.
Radio: WLBK 1360-AM, 98.9-FM in DeKalb, Ill. • WRMN 1410-AM in Elgin, Ill. • NIUTube (NIUHuskies.com)
Live Stats: NIUHuskies.com
Live Video: NIUTube (NIUHuskies.com)
Twitter Updates: @NIUscores
All-time Series: Omaha leads 2-0
Last meeting: Nov. 9, 2012 • UNO 77-64

A LOOK AT THE 2013-14 SEASON
• NIU returns eight letterwinners and four starters from a season ago.
• The Huskies will play their first five games at home, with their first road game coming on Nov. 30 at Nebraska.
• NIU welcomes seven newcomers this season, including DeKalb native Jordan Threloff who transferred to NIU from Illinois State.
• The Mid-American Conference has added a pair of league games to the slate this season. The MAC will play an 18-game conference schedule for the first time since 2005-06.
• The Huskies will play seven opponents that appeared in the postseason a year ago, including three NCAA Tournament teams (Akron, Iowa State and James Madison), Kent State (CIT), UMass (NIT), Ohio (NIT) and Western Michigan (CBI) also played in the postseason last year.

WHAT’S BACK FOR NIU
• Returning eight letterwinners and four starters from last season, NIU has its most experienced returning group of Mark Montgomery’s tenure.  
• The Huskies returning 72.1 percent of their minutes played from a season ago, along with 63.4 percent of their scoring, 72.5 percent of their rebounds, 80.7 percent of their assists, 50.9 percent of their blocked shots and 70.9 percent of their steals. 

ABOUT OMAHA
• The Mavericks went 11-20 last season, 6-10 in Summit League play. UNO was 7-6 at home and 4-14 in road and neutral contests in 2012-13.
• Omaha returns four starters from a season ago, losing only Alex Welhouse from its 2012-13 starting five.
• Justin Simmons is the leading returning scorer for Omaha; he averaged 16.7 points per game a season ago. John Karhoff also averaged double figures a season ago at 12.0 points per contest.
• Derrin Hansen is in his ninth season as head coach at Omaha.
• Omaha was picked to finish fifth in the preseason Summit League poll.   
• While the Mavericks are in their second season as a member of the Summit League, they are still in a transition period to NCAA Division I status and are not eligible for the NCAA Tournament.  

LAST TIME WE MET
• NIU and Omaha also met in the season opener last season, playing the first game in Omaha’s new Ralston Arena.
• The Mavericks earned a 77-64 deicision over the Huskies.
• NIU trailed by just one with 13 minutes to play in last season’s meeting before the Mavericks went on a 13-3 run.
Aksel Bolin scored a team-high 11 points last season for NIU while Daveon Balls, making his collegiate debut, came off the bench to score 10 points.

EXHIBITION RECAP
• NIU defeated Rockford University, 90-57, last Saturday (Nov. 2) in its lone exhibition contest.
• Five Huskies scored in double figures against the Regents, led by 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench from Jordan Threloff.
Daveon Balls (11), Darrell Bowie (11), Pete Rakosevic (11) and Dontel Highsmith (10) also scored in double figures for the Huskies.
• NIU scored the first 13 points of the contest against Rockford.
• The Huskies shot 53.3 percent (32-of-6) from the field against the Regents.

HOME COOKING
• Northern Illinois will play its first five games at home at the NIU Convocation Center.
• This marks the first season that NIU has opened at home since 2010-11, when Northwestern visited DeKalb on the opening night of the season.
• The Huskies with Omaha before hosting the NIU Invitational next weekend, hosting three games in three day (James Madison on Nov. 15, San Jose State on Nov. 16 and UW Milwaukee on Nov. 17).
• NIU will close the five-game stretch when it hosts Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) on Nov. 24.
• The Huskies will make their first road trip of the season on Nov. 30 when they visit Nebraska.
• This season marks the first time NIU has played its first five games at home since 1941-42.

THRELOFF ELIGIBLE IMMEDIATELY
• Redshirt junior center Jordan Threloff is eligible to play immediately this season after being granted a legislative relief waiver by the NCAA.
• Threloff played two seasons at Illinois State, appearing in 51 games for the Redbirds, averaging 2.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.
• Including this season, Threloff will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
• NIU’s two other Division I transfers, Anthony Johnson (Purdue) and Michael Orris (Kansas State), will sit out this season following their transfers.


 

 

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