Men’s basketball faces Washington and Indiana during 2021-2022 season

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NIU Head Coach Rashon Burno speaks with the media following the announcement as the next head coach of Huskies men’s basketball March 13 at the NIU Convocation Center.

Northern Star Staff

DeKALB — The NIU men’s basketball team announced their 2021-2022 schedule Friday, highlighted by 10 conference home games and several high-profile non-conference opponents.

After a 3-16 season and the hiring of Rashon Burno as head coach in May, the Huskies will have to navigate a challenging 32 game slate.

After an Oct. 30 exhibition against the University of St. Francis at home, the Huskies open their regular season with six road games. The first road game comes against another group of Huskies, the University of Washington, on Nov. 9 in Seattle.

NIU will visit the Indiana University Hoosiers on Nov. 12 in Bloomington, the first meeting of the two schools since NIU knocked off the fifth-ranked Hoosiers at Chick Evans Fieldhouse on Jan. 4, 1971.

Straying not too far from home, the Huskies will face the University of Missouri Tigers on Nov. 18 in Columbia, Missouri before participating in the inaugural Jacksonville Classic eight-team tournament from Nov. 21-23. NIU opens the tournament against Boston University on Nov. 21 at the UNF Arena.

NIU closes out the road stint on Nov. 27 in Milwaukee against Marquette University before playing their first home game on Dec. 1 against the Eastern Illinois University Panthers.

Most of early December is taken up by another three-game non-conference road stint against the likes of Dayton University, Chicago State University and the University of Illinois-Chicago. The Huskies’ non-conference schedule closes at home on Dec. 22 when they host the Indiana State University Sycamores.

Mid-American Conference play begins Dec. 29 for NIU when they host their rivals in the Ball State University Cardinals. The Huskies will play four Saturday home games over the conference portion of the calendar, starting Jan. 15 with a game against the Eastern Michigan University Eagles.

Along with EMU, NIU will get to host two other teams that didn’t visit DeKalb last season due to COVID-19 cancellations. The Central Michigan University Chippewas will visit the Convocation Center on Jan. 29 and the University of Toledo Rockets will come to town Feb. 12.

The regular season ends for NIU on March 4 against the defending MAC Champions, the Ohio University Bobcats.