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Xavier Silas 34 points couldnt give NIU a victory on Saturday over Kent State.

Silas’ 34-point effort can’t push Huskies over Kent State

By Andrew Singer | February 13, 2011

DeKALB | A 34-point effort from Xavier Silas wasn't enough to keep the Kent State men's basketball team from running its winning streak against MAC West opponents to 22. The Golden Flashes (17-7 overall, 8-2 MAC) downed NIU 84-77 on Saturday afternoon,...

Huskies host Kent State on Saturday

By Andrew Singer | February 11, 2011

On Saturday, the Kent State men's basketball team will enter the Convocation Center with 21 straight wins against MAC West opponents.The Golden Flashes' (16-7, 7-2 MAC) streak is bad news for an NIU squad coming off two ugly losses on the road to MAC...

Assistant coach Sundance Wicks (right) has had an interesting basketball career that has taken him from DJ-ing to all the way to Norway.

5 minutes with Sundance Wicks

By Andrew Singer | February 8, 2011

Sundance Wicks' basketball career has taken him around the globe, from South Dakota to Europe and back to the states again. The Northern Star sat down with Wicks to both pick his basketball mind and learn how he became a DJ in college. Northern Star:...

Commentary: NIU can make the tourney in the MAC

By Chris Dertz | February 7, 2011

Before the season, NIU guard Xavier Silas said he wanted to put a banner up in the Convocation Center.If you read about it, you probably laughed. Here's the thing; it's not a far-fetched idea.Nobody will argue that NIU's men's basketball team is not a...

Huskies fall in OT to Falcons

By Andrew Singer | February 3, 2011

DeKALB | Bowling Green head coach Louis Orr opened Wednesday night's press conference with a prayer. Perhaps it was to give thanks for NIU guard Xavier Silas missing a good look at a game-tying three in overtime. The Huskies lost 73-70 in front of a sparsely-attended...

Christian shines in NIU loss

By Jimmy Johnson | February 2, 2011

DeKALB | With NIU's second-leading scorer out in power forward Tim Toler, head coach Ricardo Patton had to find another player to provide the offensive production that was missing."We were looking for someone to be able to come off the bench and help...

NIU guard Aksel Bolin brings a European flavor to the NIU mens basketball roster.

Bolin brings ‘Euro’ flavor to men’s basketball

By Andrew Singer | January 27, 2011

A year ago at this time, Aksel Bolin found himself in Norway trying to make a decision between basketball and school. All college-aged members of the Norway national basketball team are expected to choose between studying at a university in-country or...

NIU women’s basketball ranks nationally for shooting record

By Katie Leb | January 20, 2011

NIU women's basketball's season has not gone the way it hoped. More than halfway complete, the Huskies stand at 7-11, with a 1-4 conference record. Yet the team has one element that has garnered attention. From behind the arc, the Huskies are shooting...

Commentary: The state of NIU basketball: Not good.

By Andrew Singer | January 18, 2011

Reality is slowly starting to sink in. Once the NFL playoffs wrap up, students will start to fully appreciate the sports wasteland that DeKalb has become in the matter of a few weeks. Last semester, the entire community banded together to support one...

Courtney Shelton’s career high game not enough for an NIU victory

By Katie Leb | January 17, 2011

With the clock winding down, Courtney Shelton found the hot hand NIU needed to make a comeback run against Western Michigan Broncos on Saturday. In front of a home crowd, the junior guard was unstoppable at the end, hitting 14 of her career-high 29 points...

Silas douses out Flames with 40-point effort

By Andrew Singer | December 15, 2010

<span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;">Xavier Silasdropped a Convocation Center record 40 points for the NIU men'sbasketball team in an 80-78 comeback win over Illinois-Chicago onTuesday night.<span style="font-family:...

The Rant: A new year kicks off for college basketball

By Chris Dertz | November 10, 2010

Sniff it. Can you smell it? College basketball is back, and before everyone throws in all the "it doesn't matter until March" nonsense, let me give you one reason that it's absolutely imperative to pay attention all season. The national champion is likely...