New test ahead for men’s basketball against Miami


Aaric Armstead, a junior guard, drives to the rim. Armstead scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to aid the Huskies in a defensive win over Toledo 58-49.

By Krystal Ward

Men’s basketball (16-4, 5-2 MAC) will look to keep its hot streak going as it travels to take on MAC-rival Miami (OH) (6-14, 0-7 MAC) in Oxford, Ohio on Saturday.

The two teams last met on Feb. 5 and NIU went on an 8-0 run with two minutes left to win it 69-67. Senior guard Travon Baker scored a team-high 16 points and banked in the game-winning shot with 2.4 seconds left to play. Senior guard Geovonie McKnight led the Redhawks with 18 points.

The Huskies have been red-hot this season, winning nine of their last 11 games. NIU is first or second in most defensive categories in the MAC. Miami is on a nine-game losing streak and ranks last in the MAC East Division. The team has not defeated a MAC opponent since March 3.

Tip-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday and will be televised on ESPN3.


• Ranks last in the MAC in scoring offense, averaging 63.9 points per game.

• Ranks fourth in the MAC in scoring defense, averaging 68.2 points per game.

• The Redhawks are shooting 41 percent from the field, last in the conference.

• Miami ranks 12th in the MAC in rebounding margin with a -2.9 margin.

• Senior guard Eric Washington ranks ninth in scoring in the MAC, averaging 14.9 points per game and is also third in assists, averaging 4.2 per game.

• Washington and McKnight rank fourth and fifth respectively in the MAC in minutes played. Washington averages 32.2 minutes and McKnight averages 31.9 minutes.


• Ranks No. 1 in scoring defense in the MAC, averaging 63.4 points per game and is also No. 1 in scoring margin with a +12.2 margin.

• NIU is first in field goal percentage defense in the MAC with 38 percent.

• NIU is outrebounding its opponents by +7.6 margin, first in the conference.

• The Huskies rank first in both offensive and defensive rebounding in the conference, averaging 13.1 offensive boards and 28.3 defensive boards.

• Travon Baker is averaging 3.9 assists per game.

• Junior guard Michael Orris ranks second in the MAC in assist/turnover ratio with a 2.2 ratio.