Huskies to Host Judson on Sunday

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Sophomore forward Keith Gray

Nov. 16, 2012

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Northern Illinois Huskies (0-2, 0-0 MAC) vs. Judson University Eagles (2-5, 2-1 CCAC)
Date / Time: Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 / 3 p.m. CT
Site: NIU Convocation Center • DeKalb, Ill.
Radio: WLBK 1360-AM in DeKalb, Ill. • WJOL 1340-AM in Joliet, Ill. • WRMN 1410-AM in Elgin, Ill. • Huskie All-Access
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All-time Series: First Meeting

Aksel Bolin has led NIU in scoring in each of its first two games. Bolin is averaging 10.5 points per game, scoring in double figures in both contests. Bolin has nine career double-figure scoring games.
Travon Baker leads the Huskies in both assists (6) and steals (7).
• Freshmen have played 62.5 percent of the minutes this season for NIU; sophomores have added another 21 percent of the minutes.
• Northern Illinois returns its top-five scoring letterwinners and top-six rebounders from a season ago.
• 10 of the 15 players making up the Huskie roster this season are underclassmen.
• Of the five upperclassmen on NIU’s roster, one will sit out this season following a transfer (Pete Rakosevic) and another had never played a Division I game until this season (Brandon Hayes).
• NIU made its first appearance in the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, playing Valparaiso at 7 a.m. CT on Tuesday, Nov. 13. The Huskies were one of two MAC schools, along with Kent State, that will appear in the marathon.
• The Huskies will play 10 teams that appeared in postseason play a season ago: Valpo (Horizon League regular season champs, NIT), Dayton (NIT), Milwaukee (CBI), Washington (Pac-12 regular season champs, NIT Final Four), UMass (NIT Final Four), Akron (MAC regular season champs, NIT), Bowling Green (CIT), Buffalo (CIT), Kent State (CIT) and Ohio (NCAA Sweet 16).

• Developed by, “The Experience Tracker” looks that the experience per minute played by every team in the country.
• Each team’s number is generated by taking the sum of minutes each player plays, multiplied by their class (1-freshmen, 2-sophomores, 3-juniors, 4-seniors) divided by the total of team minutes.
• Northern Illinois is currently the third-least experienced team in the country (1.54), behind only Arkansas-Little Rock (1.24) and Texas (1.42).
• In contrast, last Tuesday’s opponent, Valparaiso, is the most experienced team in the nation (3.67).
• See page five for a complete chart of the nation’s least experienced teams.

• With its six-man returning nucleus from a season ago, the Huskies return more than 60 percent of their production for 2011-12 in most statistical categories.
• The following are NIU’s percentages returning from last season: minutes (60.7 percent), scoring (62.6), rebounds (63.1), assists (47.0), blocks (71.2) and steals (57.1).
• By comparison, here are the numbers that returned at the beginning of last season from the 2010-11 campaign: minutes (33.8 percent), scoring (32.0), rebounds (31.8), assists (26.6), blocks (39.7) and steals (27.4).

• Judson comes into this weekend with a 2-5 record, 2-1 in conference play. The Eagles will host Purdue-North Central on Saturday before coming to DeKalb on Sunday.
• Judson is led by Jason Roy; he is averaging 10.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.
• The Eagles are a member of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, a NAIA Division II Conference.
• Joel Cotton is in his first season as head coach at Judson after serving as an assistant coach for three seasons.

• Sunday’s contest will be the first meeting between NIU and Judson.
• The Huskies met a school from the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference last season, Roosevelt, the Huskies defeated the Lakers, 72-46.

• Valparaiso earned a 69-46 victory over NIU in a contest that started at 7 a.m., as part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.
Aksel Bolin finished with a team-high 10 points and nine rebounds, just missing out on a double-double.
• The Huskies held Valparaiso to just four offensive rebounds, the fewest for an opponent during the Mark Montgomery era.
• NIU committed just 12 personal fouls, tied for the lowest total under Coach Montgomery. As a result the Crusaders attempted just nine free throws, also a new low in the Montgomery era.  
Travon Baker recorded four assists against the Crusaders.
Sam Mader has three blocked shots against Valparaiso.
• NIU held Valparaiso to 34.8 percent shooting in the first half, but the Crusaders shot 68 percent from the field, including 72.7 percent from three, after the intermission.

• Northern Illinois did not win a game last season in which the Huskies allowed more than 69 points.
• The Huskies were 3-4 in games decided by five points or less last season.
• NIU did not play an overtime game last season. Its last overtime contest came on Feb. 26, 2011, a 75-70 victory at Toledo.
• The Huskies shot a better field goal percentage than their opponents in four of their five victories last season. NIU also had a better 3-point shooting percentage than its opponents in all five victories a year ago.
• NIU outrebounded its opponents 18 times last season, including in four of its five wins.

• NIU was picked to finish fifth in the MAC West in the preseason conference media poll. Toledo was picked to win the MAC West, followed by Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Ball State, NIU and Central Michigan.
• The MAC East was picked to finish as follows: Ohio, Akron, Kent State, Buffalo, Bowling Green and Miami. Ohio was also picked as the favorite to win the MAC Tournament.
Abdel Nader was one of five played named to the West Division Preseason All-MAC Team. Joining Nader are Ball State’s Jesse Berry, Toledo’s Rian Pearson and Julius Brown and Western Michigan’s Nate Hutcheson.

• NIU finished the season with a 5-26 record, 3-13 in Mid-American Conference play.
• The Huskies won their first MAC Tournament game since 2003, defeating MAC West Champion Eastern Michigan, 55-52, on the road to advance to Cleveland.
• NIU saw 55.9 percent of its minutes played by freshmen, the sixth-highest percentage in the country.
• Northern Illinois led the MAC in offensive rebounds, ranked second in rebounding defense and was third in rebounding margin.
Abdel Nader was named to the MAC All-Freshmen Team, NIU’s first All-Freshmen honoree since 2009.



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