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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...

Arizona guard Shaina Pellington walks past an NCAA March Madness sign in the hallways of McKale Center before Arizonas game against UNLV in the first round of the NCAA womens college basketball tournament March 19 in Tucson, Arizona. (Rebecca Sasnett/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

NCAA should shift March Madness to 32-team bracket

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | March 29, 2022

The NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament continues to bolster its branding as “March Madness” with a number of upsets occurring in the past two weeks. Within the action of the postseason, the true madness lies within the playoff format that...

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...

Senior guard Trendon Hankerson goes for a wide open layup on Dec. 2 at the Convocation Center against EIU. Hankersons 16 points helped NIU snap a five-game losing streak.

Men’s basketball ends season with victory on senior night

By Jordan Radloff | March 5, 2022

DeKALB — The NIU men’s basketball team ended their season with an upset victory over the Ohio University Bobcats on Senior Night Friday. The end of the close battle was a nailbiter as Ohio missed a game-winning buzzer beater, resulting in a 58-57...

Junior guard Kaleb Thornton controls the tempo of the game during Jan. 18 83-92 loss to Bowling Green. (Zulfiqar Ahmed | Northern Star)

Thornton leaving game leaves Huskies with no floor general

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | March 2, 2022

Men’s basketball couldn’t snap the Kent State University Golden Flashes win streak, falling 63-55 Tuesday at home. How it happened Junior guard Kaleb Thornton left the game with 12 minutes left in the first half after an awkward landing. He would...

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. (Zohair Khan | Northern Star)

Huskies fall to Bulls in road finale

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | February 28, 2022

The men’s basketball team fell on the road to the University at Buffalo Bulls 70-60 Saturday in Buffalo, New York, giving the Huskies their second loss to the Bulls in three days. How it happened The Huskies were first on the board after senior guard...

Mens basketball junior guard Kaleb Thornton looks on as Eastern Michigan freshman forward Colin Golson, Jr. makes an attempt at the net during a game in DeKalb on Jan. 15.

Men’s basketball can’t complete comeback at EMU

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | February 23, 2022

Men’s basketball lost on the road against the Eastern Michigan University Eagles, 74-72, Tuesday in Ypsilanti, Michigan. How it happened Both teams had trouble handling the ball in the first half as they turned the ball over multiple times. NIU turned...

Akron sophomore wing Ali Ali (left) plays man defense against senior guard Anthony Crump during Tuesday nights Mid-American Conference matchup at the Convocation center in DeKalb. Crump finished the game third in NIU scoring, recording 11 points in their 70-54 defeat at home. (Zulfiqar Ahmed | Northern Star)

Late air ball leaves Huskies with loss

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | February 20, 2022

Huskies lose close game at home The men’s basketball team was defeated 78-75 by the Miami University at Ohio RedHawks Saturday in a close game at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. How it happened Both teams’ benches contributed well in the first...

Akron sophomore wing Ali Ali (left) plays man defense against senior guard Anthony Crump during Tuesday nights Mid-American Conference matchup at the Convocation center in DeKalb. Crump finished the game third in NIU scoring, recording 11 points in their 70-54 defeat at home. (Zulfiqar Ahmed | Northern Star)

Men’s basketball finishes road trip with win

By Michael Stoll, Sports Reporter | February 18, 2022

The NIU Huskies sank their free throws late and played inspiring defense to come out with a narrow 66-63 win on the road against the University of Akron Zips for the first time since 2008. How it happened Five Huskies scored in double figures. Guard...

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