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NIU sophomore guard Jayden Marable maneuvers past EMU freshman guard Kyndal Lewis during Wednesdays conference matchup at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. Marable finished the game with 12 points, the fourth-best scorer for the Huskies in the 72-65 victory over the Eagles. (Alexander Pyevich/Northern Star)

NIU dismantled by Bowling Green at home

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | January 29, 2023

The NIU women’s basketball team extends its losing streak to four as they lose at home to the No. 1 team in the MAC, the Bowling Green Falcons, 66-50. Problems without Davis Without the Huskies’ senior forward A’Jah Davis in the lineup, who...

Huskies senior guard Chelby Koker (10) advances the ball down court past Kent State junior guard Casey Santoro (0) during the matchup Wednesday.  Koker racked up 21 points throughout the game at the NIU Convocation Center. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Huskies fall to Kent State, extend losing streak

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | January 26, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women's basketball (10-7, 2-5 MAC) competed against Kent State University (11-6, 4-3 MAC) Wednesday. The Huskies fell short against the Golden Flashes, losing 82-61. The Huskies started off the game slowly scoring 13 points while allowing...

Then-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.

Senior guards post career days in loss to Toledo

By Ethan Gonzales, Assistant Sports Editor | January 15, 2023

DeKALB – Career-best scoring performances by NIU senior guards Darweshi Hunter and Kaleb Thornton were not enough to defend home court in Tuesday’s MAC battle against the University of Toledo. Both players led the box score as the Rockets handed...

Sophomore guard Keshawn WIlliams attempts a layup during Saturdays game against the University of Toledo Rockets. Williams finished as NIUs leading scorer with 19 points in the 100-72 loss at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. (NIU Athletics)

Huskie guards shine as NIU wallops Eastern Illinois

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

NIU’s dominant guard play led the way for the Huskies as they got back into the win column with a 90-70 victory over Eastern Illinois University. The Huskies’ backcourt dominated the Panthers’ defense, as they combined for 49 points in the dominant...

Then-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...

Cleveland Cavaliers Darius Garland goes up for a shot during the first half against the Brooklyn Nets in the opening basketball game of the NBA play-in tournament Tuesday, April 12, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NBA playoff matchups look to provide exciting action

By Michael Stoll, Sports Reporter | April 12, 2022

The best time of the year for NBA basketball is about to begin: the playoffs. There are a lot of interesting matchups to keep an eye on, but a lot to take in. Don’t worry though, I am here to give you a run-down on every series slated to begin starting...

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)

COLUMN: 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...

Redshirt senior guard Janae Poisson navigates the court during Wednesdays overtime win over the Buffalo Bulls. Poisson recorded 26 points, six rebounds and an assist during NIUs matchup with Buffalo at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. (NIU Athletics)

Huskies need key players for success in MAC tournament’s first round

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | March 8, 2022

The NIU women’s basketball team needs a game plan heading into their first-round MAC tournament matchup against the fifth seed Ball State Cardinals Wednesday.  The last time the Huskies played the Cardinals was a Feb. 26 match, which they won 77-72....

Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan (11) drives against Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 3, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Updating NBA award predictions in the season’s second half

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | March 4, 2022

The 2021-22 NBA season is past the halfway mark and there are about 20 games left till the playoffs start in April. There have been a lot of surprising players this year, such as Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, Cavaliers guard Darius Garland and San Antonio...