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The 2019-20 men’s basketball team will be one of NIU’s biggest “what ifs”

The 2019-20 men's basketball team will be one of NIU's biggest

Mike Knapp, Reporter

March 17, 2020

It wasn’t supposed to end this way. Over the last two months, the men’s basketball team accomplished things that hadn’t happened here in DeKalb for a while. They won a share of the Mid-American Conference West Division for the first time since 2006. They won six straight conference games for the firs...

MAC tournaments canceled, Huskies’ season ends prematurely

MAC tournaments canceled, Huskies' season ends prematurely

Jarrett Huff, Sports Editor

March 12, 2020

CLEVELAND — The Mid-American Conference announced Thursday it will cancel its tournaments, joining several other college basketball conferences following the outbreak of COVID-19. The move was in response to the growing concern of the virus impacting athletic events, for the safety of the players, ...

Coronavirus concerns cause MAC to restrict tournament attendance

Coronavirus concerns cause MAC to restrict tournament attendance

Northern Star Sports Staff

March 10, 2020

DeKALB — After the Ivy League announced it had canceled its basketball tournament due to the threat of the COVID-19, the Mid-American Conference announced changes to its basketball tournaments Tuesday. The MAC men's and women's tournaments will continue as scheduled, however, a restricted attendance...

Huskies ground Rockets in convincing fashion

Redshirt senior forward Lacey James attempts to finish an alley-oop Feb. 7 during NIU's game against Kent State University at the Convocation Center.

Mike Knapp, Senior Reporter

March 4, 2020

DeKALB — For most college students, spending some of their spring break in Cleveland wouldn’t be an appealing idea. There’s no place the men’s basketball team would rather be. That’s where it’s headed March 12 for the Mid-American Conference tournament after taking down the University of...

Huskies look to sweep season series against the Toledo Rockets

First-year guard Tyler Cochran attempts a 3-pointer Feb. 7 during NIU's 57-54 win over Kent State University at the Convocation Center.

Jemea Green, Reporter

March 2, 2020

DeKALB — The men’s basketball team will face its rival, the University of Toledo Rockets, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Convocation Center. The Huskies recently fell to the Western Michigan Broncos 72-69. In the second half of the game, the Broncos led by 18 points before NIU went on a 16-1 run to put...

German’s 23 in the second half not enough to complete comeback

Senior guard Eugene German plays off the ball Feb. 22 during NIU's 82-81 win over Central Michigan University at the Convocation Center.

Mike Knapp, Reporter

March 1, 2020

DeKALB — For the second straight road game, the men’s basketball team found itself facing a huge deficit, but this time couldn’t finish off the comeback Saturday night. After falling behind Tuesday by 17 points and coming back to beat Eastern Michigan University, the Huskies traveled to Western Mi...

Several Upsets during the season make March Madness even more unpredictable

Virginia forward Jay Huff (30) celebrates with fans after defeating Duke in an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)

Kyle Mathas, Columnist

March 1, 2020

March Madness is known to be an unpredictable tournament every year, but this year might be the most unpredictable it's ever been. This season of college basketball has had more upsets than any other year in the last decade. In the first month of the season, three number one ranked teams lost. The M...

Huskies erase 17-point deficit to shock Eagles at home

Sophomore guard Trendon Hankerson surveys the floor Feb. 1 during NIU's 70-55 win over Miami University–Ohio at the Convocation Center.

Mike Knapp, Senior Reporter

February 25, 2020

DeKALB — It’s getting down to crunch time in the Mid-American Conference. The men’s basketball team traveled to Ypsilanti, Michigan Tuesday night to take on Eastern Michigan University with four conference games remaining and plenty to play for over the next two weeks. The MAC West-leading...

Eugene German selected as MAC West Co-Player of the Week

Northern Star Sports Staff

February 24, 2020

DeKALB — Senior guard Eugene German takes home another Mid-American Conference West Co-Player of the Week award.NIU’s lone game for the week against the Central Michigan University Chippewas  was all it took for German to be selected. He scored a team-high 23 points, season-high nine rebounds, ...

NIU men’s basketball stuns Central Michigan in overtime

Mattieu Koetters

February 23, 2020

DeKALB — Men’s basketball is finally back to its winning ways following the Huskies’ victory over the Central Michigan University Chippewas on Saturday in a thrilling come-from-behind 82-81 overtime win.Led by a 23-point, 9-rebound performance from senior guard Eugene German, along with three ...

Men’s basketball looks to end losing streak in rematch against CMU

Jarrett Huff

February 19, 2020

DeKALB — After dropping both games on its road trip, the men’s basketball team returns home to the Convocation Center for a rematch against the Central Michigan University Chippewas.The Huskies lost the first game of their road trip against the Ball State University Cardinals 63-59 Feb. 11 in Mun...

Huskies’ historic win streak ends at six in loss to Cardinals

Mike Knapp

February 12, 2020

DeKALB — All good things, no matter how fun they are, ultimately come to an end.The men’s basketball team has been having a lot of fun the last few weeks, rolling to six wins in a row and to the top of the Mid-American Conference standings. The win streak, the Huskies’ longest in MAC history, cam...