NIU men's hoops travels to E. Michigan today
Northern Illinois (13-14, 7-8 MAC) at Eastern Michigan (16-12, 8-7)
WHEN: 1 p.m. today, EMU Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, Mich.
RADIO: AM-1360 WLBK, FM 98.9
LAST MEETING: NIU defeated Eastern Michigan, 61-59, in double overtime in DeKalb on Feb. 20
SCOUTING THE EAGLES: Eastern Michigan plays well in Ypsilanti. The Eagles are 12-3 at home this season and have not lost at the EMU Convocation Center since Jan. 25 against Ohio.
NIU lost twice in Ypsilanti last season. There was the infamous 42-25 regular-season loss when the Huskies had just four first-half points, as well as a one-point loss in the first round of the MAC Tournament.
Four EMU players score in double figures – junior forward Karrington Ward (12.6 points per game), freshman guard Raven Lee (10.3), junior guard Mike Talley (10.1) and freshman forward Glenn Bryant (10).
The Eagles rank first in the MAC in scoring defense, giving up just 61.8 points per game.
OUTLOOK: NIU has a good chance at hosting a MAC Tournament game after upsetting Toledo, 74-66, on Wednesday night. The Rockets are currently ranked 37th in the RPI, and the victory was the Huskies' first over a top-50 RPI program since defeating Wisconsin in 1999.
In NIU's last contest against the Eagles, NIU junior center Jordan Threloff had career highs with 27 points and 18 rebounds in a 61-59 double-overtime win in DeKalb. Threloff had the game-winning tip-in with less than a second left in the game.
Threloff, a DeKalb High graduate, is averaging 12.7 points and 8.2 rebounds over his last 11 contests.
– Steve Nitz, firstname.lastname@example.org