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NIU men's hoops travels to Central Michigan on Sunday

Published: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

When: 1 p.m. Sunday, McGuirk Arena, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Radio: AM-1360, 98.9-FM

Last meeting: NIU defeated Central Michigan, 88-63, on Feb. 12.

Scouting the Chippewas: Like NIU, Central Michigan is coming off of a thrilling win itself. The Chippewas (9-16, 2-11 Mid-American Conference) won a 101-95 triple-overtime game over Ball State on Wednesday. However, it was only the second conference win for the Chippewas and second-year coach Keno Davis.

Sophomore guard Chris Fowler leads Central Michigan with 18 points a game. Sophomore forward John Simons averages 11 points and 5.8 rebounds while freshman guard Braylon Rayson averages 10.5 points.

Outlook: NIU (12-13, 6-7 MAC) had trouble scoring early against Eastern Michigan on Thursday night, finishing with 16 points in the first half. But the Huskies earned a thrilling, 61-59, double-overtime win over the Eagles after junior center Jordan Threloff got the game-winning tip-in with 0.8 seconds left. Threloff, a DeKalb High alumnus, had a game-high 27 points and 18 rebounds, and is averaging 8.9 points a game.

The Huskies will go from facing the best defense in the MAC to the worst, as Central Michigan gives up a league-high 74.4 points a game.

– Steve Nitz, snitz@shawmedia.com, @SNitz_DDC

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