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The Frisky Biscuit Offline
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Coming off the best game I've seen NIU play (other than perhaps NIU's wins over Akron during the Patton years, those games made no sense...also, I only go back to the late Judson years), NIU faces Seattle tonight.

I want to see the "roll" continue (2 good road losses in a row is a roll for NIU), but consistency is the hardest thing to acquire for a young team. Especially on the road.

Seattle is dreadful, no doubt...though, it should be said, NIU is not good enough yet to laugh at any opponent.

Did NIU miss Nader? He's averaging 18.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals in the 2 games (and a lot of fouls). NIU is averaging 14 more points per game with him. Yeah, they missed him.

Having Nader allows Monty to bring Akeem Springs off the bench, and he's averaging 16.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game since the move. He's also shooting over 50% the last two games, so hopefully I won't have to beg him to shoot less.

NIU has forced 16 turnovers or more in the last four. The price has been heavy fouling, but I love the defensive pressure.

Seattle has been in some shootouts and some stinkers this year, so it's tough to say how this one will go.

Hopefully, NIU can get over the close-but-no-stogie hump and win a road game.

You might have to pay to see this one, as I didn't see it on First Row Sports though it MAY (I'm not sure) be free at Seattle's Stream if you register. It seems to be the case, but I don't want to disappoint ye.

You can always go Huskie All-Access too. And you should be able to find a radio feed if all else fails (WLBK 1360-AM, 98.9-FM in DeKalb).

Go Huskies!
12-19-2012 01:09 PM
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EA3 Offline

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RE: NIU-Seattle
Seattle is 8th in the country in rebounding at 43.5 per game. Although, this could be a product of their horrible shooting, which checks in at 320th in the nation at .388.

I mentioned this on the Stampede, but I am very curious to see how this one plays out. One of our recruits, Tucker Haymond, gave us his verbal back in Sept. only to decommit in mid October. He apparently still lists WMU as a possibility but he really wants to finish the high school season before he decides on where he is going. I suspect that he wants to "ball out" and see if he can get a higher offer. Anyhow, Seattle is also in the running for his services as he lives there. He's attended a few of their games. I'm hoping for a Huskie beat down tonight as it would go a long way in showing the young man that the MAC is superior to the WAC in basketball.
12-19-2012 01:28 PM
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RE: NIU-Seattle
I'm actually taking NIU in this one.
12-19-2012 01:29 PM
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Post: #4
RE: NIU-Seattle
Bad shooting will lead to alot of rebounds in this game.
If only NIU could shoot 50% + ....
12-19-2012 01:35 PM
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