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2009-10 NIU Men's Basketball Schedule Released

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All I can say is WOW. This is the best schedule in years. The local flavor is tremendous with road trips to Northwestern, Illinois, Chicago State, UIC along with a marquee home date against Bradley. It will be the first time ever Northern Illinois has ever taken on the Illini. Tubby Smith's Minnesota, UNI & Temple are all teams that are consistently good every year and we get the Owls at home (before the students get back though). Tennessee State & SEMO make their return trips to Dekalb after playing both teams last year on the road. MD Eastern Shore & North Dakota should be easy opponents sandwiching the tough Temple game to get us prepared for the conference season. No ridiculous road trips or anything like that. Definitely an 'A' schedule for a team that only lost their 6th man to graduation in Sean Smith.

Coach Patton's thoughts about this season and the future:

"Bradley is very well thought of in this state, and nationally as well," Patton said. "It's the beginning of a non-conference series that we hope to continue for a long time. We'll also be resuming our series against both Southern Illinois and Loyola (Chicago) next season."

"We're hoping to start a great local rivalry with UIC," Patton said. "Jimmy Collins has done an excellent job with that program; they had some very impressive non-conference wins last season. It will be a very challenging game for us on the road, and we're excited about that series continuing in future seasons."

"The thing I like most about our MAC schedule is that we finish the season at home, and two of our last three conference games are at the Convocation Center," said Patton. "We've got some challenging cross-divisional games that will take place on the road, but that's part of a league race. We are going to need to take our show on the road this season, and also continue to play well at home (in conference play)."

2009-2010 SCHEDULE
( Click on an event for complete event information )
Date Opponent / Event Location Time
11/13/09 at Northwestern Evanston, Ill. TBA
11/17/09 at Illinois Champaign, Ill. TBA
11/20/09 vs. Tennessee State DeKalb, Ill. TBA
11/22/09 vs. SEMO DeKalb, Ill. TBA
11/28/09 at Chicago State Chicago, Ill. TBA
12/02/09 vs. Bradley DeKalb, Ill. TBA
12/05/09 at Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, Iowa TBA
12/15/09 at Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. TBA
12/19/09 at Uic Chicago, Ill. TBA
12/22/09 vs. Maryland Eastern Shore DeKalb, Ill. TBA
12/30/09 vs. Temple DeKalb, Ill. TBA
01/02/10 vs. North Dakota DeKalb, Ill. TBA
01/09/10 at Ball State * Muncie, Ind. TBA
01/13/10 vs. Western Michigan * DeKalb, Ill. TBA
01/16/10 vs. Eastern Michigan * DeKalb, Ill. TBA
01/20/10 at Toledo * Toledo, Ohio TBA
01/23/10 at Central Michigan * Mt. Pleasant, Mich. TBA
01/27/10 vs. Ohio DeKalb, Ill. TBA
01/30/10 vs. Buffalo * DeKalb, Ill. TBA
02/01/10 at Kent State * Kent, Ohio TBA
02/03/10 at Akron * Akron, Ohio TBA
02/06/10 vs. Miami (Oh) * DeKalb, Ill. TBA
02/10/10 at Bowling Green * Bowling Green, Ohio TBA
02/13/10 vs. Ball State * DeKalb, Ill. TBA
02/17/10 at Western Michigan * Kalamazoo, Mich. TBA
02/20/10 ESPNU BracketBusters TBA TBA
02/24/10 vs. Central Michigan DeKalb, Ill. TBA
02/27/10 at Eastern Michigan * Ypsilanti, Mich. TBA
03/04/10 vs. Toledo * DeKalb, Ill. TBA
03/07/10 MAC Tournament First Round Campus Sites TBA
03/11/10 MAC Tournament Quarterfinals Cleveland (Quicken Loans Arena) TBA
03/12/10 MAC Tournament Semifinals Cleveland (Quicken Loans Arena) TBA
03/13/10 MAC Championship Game Cleveland (Quicken Loans Arena) TBA