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Junior guard Kaleb Thornton searches for a passing lane during Wednesdays matchup against the Toledo Rockets. Thornton was NIUs second-best scorer in the contest with 18 points as the Huskies lost 100-72 to their Mid-American Conference Rivals in DeKalb.

Huskies defeated in first match of Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off

By Michael Stoll, Sports Reporter | November 21, 2022

DeKALB – Shooting woes plagued the Huskies as they fell to 1-3 on their early season, losing 68-50 against the undefeated Georgia Institute of Technology Yellow Jackets in the Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off. Sophomore guard Zarique Nutter put...

NIU sophomore guard Zarique Nutter attempts a layup at the beginning of the second half in NIUs non-conference matchup with Purdue University Northwest on Monday. Nutters layup attempt was successful, giving NIU its first score of the second half on its way to a 99-73 victory. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Scoring success pushes Huskies past Pride

By Ethan Gonzales and Skyler Kisellus | November 15, 2022

DeKALB – NIU men’s basketball entered the win column for the first time this season after pulling out a 99-73 victory in its first ever meeting with the Purdue University Northwest Pride on Monday evening. Fresh off a pair of losses to in-state opponents,...

NIU senior guard Kaleb Thornton defends against a University of Illinois Springfield player during Mondays game between the Huskies and Prairie Stars at the Convocation Center in DeKalb.  (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Second-half slip leaves NIU winless after season debut

By Joseph Segreti, Senior Sports Reporter | November 8, 2022

DeKALB – Men’s basketball (0-1, 0-0 MAC) fell just short of University of Illinois Springfield (1-0) in an 83-77 loss in Monday’s season opener at the NIU Convocation Center. Junior guard Keshawn Williams and sophomore guard David Coit combined...

Junior guard Kaleb Thornton (left) makes a drive down the court against the Bowling Green Falcons in a 92-83 loss on Jan. 18 at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. NIU proceeded to lose its second matchup with BGSU Saturday, falling on the road 87-65 in Bowling Green. (Zulfiqar Ahmed | Northern Star)

Huskies top McKendree in exhibition battle

By Ethan Gonzales, Assistant Sports Editor | November 1, 2022

DeKALB – Junior guard Keshawn Williams and sophomore guard Zarique Nutter led the NIU men’s basketball team to a 79-76 victory over McKendree University in their first exhibition game of the season. Both the Huskies and the Bearcats got out to slow...

Sophomore guard Keshawn Williams drives against the Eastern Illinois defense during their game on Dec. 2.  Williams scored a career-high 24 points.

Men’s basketball prepping for year two of Rashon Burno

By Ethan Gonzales and Joseph Segreti | October 31, 2022

DeKALB – NIU men’s basketball is set to begin the 2022-23 regular season under the reins of second-year head coach Rashon Burno. Burno was hired at the beginning of the 2021-22 season after spending six seasons at Arizona State University. Burno...

NIU senior guard Trendon Hankerson (right) and Buffalo senior forward Jeenathan Williams surge in an attempt to recover the ball during Thursdays home matchup against the University at Buffalo. The Huskies fell to the Bulls in back-to-back games, losing 79-68 Thursday and 70-60 Saturday.

MAC men’s basketball preseason poll projects Huskies in last place

By Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter | October 26, 2022

The Mid-American Conference men’s basketball Preseason Coaches Poll, released Wednesday, has the Huskies projected to finish last by the end of the season.  Last season, the Huskies finished in tenth place in the MAC with a record of 9-21.14 of...

Womens basketball vs. Bowling Green

Huskie basketball teams announce new recruits

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | April 21, 2022

Multiple new signees have been announced for both the NIU men’s and women’s basketball team rosters going into the 2022-23 season, according to NIU Athletics news releases.  Men’s basketball recruits Xavier Amos is a 6’8 forward from Chicago....

Chicago Bulls DeMar DeRozan shoots past Milwaukee Bucks Jrue Holiday during the second half of Game 1 of their first round NBA playoff basketball game April 17 in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Matchups heat up in first round of NBA playoffs

By Michael Stoll, Sports Reporter | April 19, 2022

It’s been a wild first few days of NBA Playoff basketball. With so many matchups to keep track of, you can quickly miss out on important details and narratives hidden within all the games. Thankfully, I’m here to keep you up to speed with what...

Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid saves a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors March 20 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

James, Embiid, Antetokounmpo in close race for NBA lead scorer

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | March 31, 2022

The NBA season is coming to an end, and the race to win the scoring title is very close between Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.  James is currently the...

Trendon Hankerson dribbles the ball during a game against Miami University Feb. 19 at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb.

Five players from men’s basketball enter transfer portal

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | March 30, 2022

DeKALB — Five men’s basketball players have announced their intention to transfer out of NIU’s program in the past week. The announcements come after a 2021-22 season where the Huskies finished 4-18 overall and third-worst in the Mid-American Conference. Seniors...

Loyola of Chicagos Lucas Williamson (left) heads to the basket as Drakes Tremell Murphy (right) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Sunday, March 6 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

March Madness predictions: first round features great matchups

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | March 14, 2022

March Madness will begin on Tuesday, and the top 68 teams in college basketball have been selected. Here are predictions on teams’ fates in the tournament: Best matchups The best matchup in the first round will be North Carolina vs Marquette. The...

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