Huskies Begin Western Trip at Boise State



Nov. 25, 2011

Boise State Game Notes in PDF

Northern Illinois Huskies (0-4, 0-0 MAC) at Boise State Broncos (3-1, 0-0 Mountain West)

Date: Saturday, November 26, 2011
Tipoff: 8 p.m. CT (7 p.m. local time)
Location: Taco Bell Arena • Boise, Idaho
Radio: WLBK 1360-AM in DeKalb and WSCR 670-AM in Chicago.
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The Match-Up
Northern Illinois will travel to Boise for the first game of a two-game, post-Thanksgiving western trip. After meeting the Broncos on Saturday night, NIU will travel south to face Utah Valley in Orem, Utah, on Monday night. NIU will be making its first appearance in Idaho since Dec. 23, 1991, when the Huskies fell at Idaho State, 97-92. Monday’s game in Utah will be NIU’s first in the Beehive State since 1972.

About Boise State
The Broncos come into Saturday night’s contest with a 3-1 record, including a perfect 3-0 home mark. Boise State lost its last contest, 72-62, on Tuesday night at Long Beach State. Anthony Drmic leads three Broncos averaging in double figures; Drmic is scoring 16.3 points per game. Leon Rice is in his second season as head coach of the Broncos, last year Boise State finished with a 22-13 record.

Against the Broncos
Northern Illinois and Boise State will be meeting for the second time. Last year, the Huskies and Broncos met in DeKalb (Nov. 29, 2010), Boise State won that contest, 80-51.

Huskies Go West
NIU will be playing west of the central time zone for the first time since the 2008-09 season. That year, the Huskies went to the Great Alaska Shootout, finishing sixth after losing to Portland State, defeating Alaska-Anchorage and falling to Western Carolina. The Huskies also played at Air Force a week after the Great Alaska Shootout, dropping a 67-55 decision to the Falcons in their last game in the Mountain Time Zone.

Puppies at the Point
Two freshmen, Marquavese Ford and Zach Miller, are playing considerable minutes at point guard this season for the Huskies. Over the last two games, the duo has done a much better job taking care of the basketball, combining for a 15:4 assist-to-turnover ratio. Ford has eight assists and two turnovers in the last two games while Miller is just behind with seven assists and two turnovers in the two contests against Iowa (Nov. 17) and Eastern Illinois (Nov. 20).

New Face in the Starting Five
After starting the same five for each of the first three games of the season, Keith Gray became the first new entrant into the NIU starting lineup when he took Tim Toler’s place against Eastern Illinois (Nov. 20). Gray’s appearance in the starting lineup meant the Huskies started three freshmen against the Panthers, with Marquavese Ford and Abdel Nader joining Gray.

Kids on the Floor
With a roster featuring eight freshmen, youth will definitely be served for the 2011-12 Huskies. Through the first four games of the season, 57.1 percent of the minutes played in the NIU lineup have been played by first year players.

Balance Throughout the Lineup
After 10 different Huskies scored and all 11 Huskies that saw playing time recorded at least one rebound against UW-Milwaukee (Nov. 14), NIU continued with similar balance at Iowa (Nov. 17) as 12 players saw action, 10 of whom scored and 11 grabbed a rebound. Last time out against Eastern Illinois (Nov. 20), 13 Huskies saw action, 11 of which grabbed a rebound.



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