Basketball Prepares For Dec. 19-22 Surf N' Slam Invitational
DeKalb, IL -Blue skies, temperatures in the 80s and ocean
as far as the eye can see. Yes it's time for Northern Illinois'
trip to beautiful Hawaii for the Surf N' Slam Invitational on Dec.
19-22 in Laie, HI.
Dec. 15 contest with Cornell College, the Northern Illinois men's
basketball team will depart Chicago's O'Hare Airport on Wednesday
(Dec. 17) at 8:55 a.m. for Honolulu, HI, and mark the programs first
trip outside the contiguous 48 states for an intercollegiate basketball
game. Following a nine-hour flight to the Islands, the Huskies will
land in Honolulu at 2:01 p.m. (Hawaii Time) and head to their hotel
on Waikiki Beach.
is a four-hour time difference between DeKalb, IL, and Hawaii, the
Huskies will have a chance to get acclimated quickly, as their first
practice will be held later that night at 7:20 p.m. (11:20 p.m.
(Dec. 18) the Huskies will have a two hour practice in the afternoon
(dinner time if you are scoring at home) before heading back to
the hotel to enjoy a Hawaiian luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
In addition to trying authentic Hawaiian cuisine, hula dancers and
fire-eaters will entertain the team during their meal.
get down to business on Friday (Dec. 19) as they participate in
the first of three games over the weekend. NIU will take on Western
Athletic Conference member San Jose State University at 10 p.m.
(CST) in Laie, HI, on the campus of Brigham Young-Hawaii University.
As always, each NIU men's basketball contest can be heard on the
Huskie Sports Radio Network including: WLBK-AM 1360 - DeKalb; WBIG-AM
1280 - Chicagoland; WRHL-AM 1060 - Rochelle; WSEY-FM 95.7 - Rockford,
Freeport; WMKB-FM 102.9 - LaSalle-Peru.
are 3-3 on the season and are coming off an 85-77 win over Cal State
Sacramento on Dec. 13. In fact the Spartans have won two straight
games as they prepare to face their first opponent from outside
of the state of California.
It will be a
quick turnaround for the Huskies as they face tournament host BYU-Hawaii
on Saturday (Dec. 20). Technically, the game will tip off on Sunday
at 12:30 a.m. in DeKalb, IL, as NIU faces the Seasiders, who are
6-2 on the season and have won five consecutive contests. One of
the more successful Division II programs, the Seasiders have already
faced a Division I foe this season, falling 84-53 at Colorado State
on Nov. 22.
won't compete on Sunday (Dec. 21), instead it will be a day of reflection
as the team will travel to Pearl Harbor in the morning and take
a boat ride to view the USS Arizona memorial. The team will also
walk through the Pearl Harbor museum and pay their respects to the
2,388 United States Armed Forces members and civilians that lost
their lives on December 7, 1941.
will conclude on Monday (Dec. 22) as the Huskies face Baylor University
of the Big 12 Conference. The most fan-friendly time for Huskie
fans back in DeKalb, IL, game time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (CST)
and can again be heard on the Huskie Sports Radio Network.
Baylor Bears are 3-4 on the year, but are coming off a 53-45 home
loss to Texas-San Antonio. The Bears are led by Terrance Thomas,
a 6-foot-6, 230 pound forward, who is averaging 19.6 points and
8.9 rebounds a game. That scoring total ranks second in the Big
12, while his rebounding average ranks fourth.
NIU will return
to the Mainland later that night as they are scheduled to depart
on a 10:55 p.m. flight (Hawaii Time) out of Honolulu. After a brief
layover in Los Angeles, the Huskies are scheduled to arrive in Chicago's
O'Hare Airport at 12:56 p.m. (CST).
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