Northern Illinois Huskies (3-24, 2-12 MAC) vs. Toledo Rockets (15-14, 6-8 MAC)
Date: Wednesday February 29, 2012
Tipoff: 7 p.m.
Location: NIU Convocation Center • DeKalb, Ill.
Radio: WLBK 1360-AM in DeKalb, WJOL 1340-AM in Joliet and WLIP 1050-AM in Kenosha
Live Stats: NIUHuskies.com
On Saturday, January 14th 2012, the Huskies came away with their first MAC and D-I victory of the season over the Central Michigan Chippewas 74-66. The ecstasy of that victory would only last so long as four days later the Huskies traveled to Toledo and got rocked 41-71.
Nothing worked in that game. Toledo shot a ridiculous 53.2% compared to only 30.2% for NIU. 23 turnover. The Huskies did get to the line more than the Rockets, but only made 12 of 23 points. The 40 point margin of victory was the largest of the conference season. Now it's payback time.
I'm sure the Huskies will be chomping at the bit to defeat the Rockets on a rather peculiar senior night.
Who? You might ask yourself seeing those two names.
A huge prospect coming out of high school, it took forward Tyler Storm a while to get acclimated with the college game. He's having his best season so far as arguably the best 6th man on the team. He's playing 13.7 mins per game and scores 3.7 ppg and grabs 2.7 rpg, both career highs.
His season has been up and down, but in 29 minutes and 17 points vs. Miami OH, Storm his his peak, guiding the Huskies to a 62-59 victory over the Miami Redhawks at home.
Grady is probably more famous for his time on the gridiron, switching from QB to WR. Now another position change as playing point guard part-time for the Huskies. Grady made his debut January 18th vs Toledo ironically and added some much needed depth as Zach Miller went down with his knee injury. Just as he played a bit last year, Montgomery welcomed him on the team.
Miller plays only 5.8 mpg, but he's helped this team quite a bit just by being on the team these past two seasons.
I really hope the Huskies can put together a victory for the seniors. They've been so close lately and now is the time to put that last W on the scoreboard. The spread also likes the revenge spot for the Huskies, as they opened up as 5-point favorites, down to four.
The Huskies expect to slow it down and have a focus on defense [per NStar]:
“They are a high-octane team,” Christian said. “They like to get up and down. The last game we weren’t able to stop them in transition with our turnovers and our quick shots, but we’ve learned in order to beat them we have to keep them in the low 60s and 50s, take care of the ball and stop them in transition.”
Sounds like a 62-61 grind-it-out victory for the Huskies. What do you think?