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Sat 3:30 pm ESPN+

NET rank NIU 118 Akron 143
KenPom NIU 117 Akron 122

Last meeting NIU used a hot shooting (21 of 30) 2nd half compared to
Akron (5 of 25) to pull away. I believe the Huskies trailed at halftime by 1 or 2 but soon after half the win was in the bag. German lead scoring with 27.

GO HUSKIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keeping track of our friends down in Champaign and Normal they are ranked 126 and 204 respectively.
01-25-2019 10:20 AM
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Bulls down 5 @ Kent midway through 2nd half. Wouldn't that be our luck to have Buffalo lose this.
01-25-2019 08:04 PM
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Buffalo wins by 9
01-25-2019 09:15 PM
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A Buffalo loss tonight would’ve been just fine for NIU.
01-25-2019 10:13 PM
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(01-25-2019 10:13 PM)dc1 Wrote:  A Buffalo loss tonight would’ve been just fine for NIU.

I thought about that too, but in the end to me, it's such a lottery chance NiU would have kept up with Buffalo that I think its best Buffalo hands out as many losses as possible. NIU can use that Buffalo win as tiebreak with teams they split with also.
01-25-2019 11:58 PM
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Akron -4. I figured even to Akron -2

This might be the biggest game of the season for NIU in my opinion. Huksies have the easiest remaining schedule in the conference. Win this game and a top 4 seed becomes a very strong possibility
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01-26-2019 12:02 AM
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Here is how I would project things as they stand right now for the MAC tourney:

#1 Buffalo vs #9 Ohio/#8 Miami
#4 Northern Illinois vs #12 Western Michigan/#5 Ball State
#2 Bowling Green vs #10 Akron/#7 Central Michigan
#3 Toledo vs #11 Eastern Michigan/#6 Kent State
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01-26-2019 01:32 AM
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(01-25-2019 11:58 PM)MaddDawgz02 Wrote:  
(01-25-2019 10:13 PM)dc1 Wrote:  A Buffalo loss tonight would’ve been just fine for NIU.

I thought about that too, but in the end to me, it's such a lottery chance NiU would have kept up with Buffalo that I think its best Buffalo hands out as many losses as possible. NIU can use that Buffalo win as tiebreak with teams they split with also.

Agreed, I would rather Buffalo win out in the reg season to ensure they get an at large bid, then if they get upset in the tourney, 2 teams in from the MAC would be fun.
01-26-2019 12:52 PM
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NIU shooting well to start.
01-26-2019 05:10 PM
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A rather massive difference in how this game is being called from a foul perspective compared to the Buffalo game.
01-26-2019 05:29 PM
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NIU leads by 4 at half. They played a very good first 15, and a crap last 5, couldn't find a basket for quite a while.
01-26-2019 05:48 PM
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(01-26-2019 05:48 PM)17Huskies Wrote:  NIU leads by 4 at half. They played a very good first 15, and a crap last 5, couldn't find a basket for quite a while.

Thank god the FG streak got busted to end the half. Ugly 2nd half of the 1st half.
01-26-2019 05:52 PM
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Akron running away with it, brutal showing by NIU
01-26-2019 06:20 PM
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(01-26-2019 06:20 PM)MaddDawgz02 Wrote:  Akron running away with it, brutal showing by NIU

NIU looks like they have never played offense before. Monty figure it out.
01-26-2019 06:21 PM
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(01-26-2019 06:21 PM)prairiedawg Wrote:  
(01-26-2019 06:20 PM)MaddDawgz02 Wrote:  Akron running away with it, brutal showing by NIU

NIU looks like they have never played offense before. Monty figure it out.

Definitely. That is an offensive cliff we have not seen for awhile, yikes.
01-26-2019 06:29 PM
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Fought very hard to the end but came up short ... bummer.
01-26-2019 07:04 PM
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gross game, just a gross feeling, other than the run at the end.

After watching both Akron games...NIU is clearly the better team, but man they just disappeared for the 20 minutes in each game. You can't do that on the road. German did some crazy things in the last 4 min, but he also walked the ball down the court with 20 seconds left and then lost it on the dribble...Bradley and James were MIA for much of the game.

Just a sad showing after the excitement of Tuesday.
01-26-2019 07:09 PM
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This loss means NIU has to sweep the 3 game homestand. If they pulled this one out, I think they could have afforded to take 2 of 3 at home.
01-26-2019 07:26 PM
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German is not getting drafted he will be back at NIU. He is extremely week when dribbling in any kind of traffic. His 3pt shot has improved but I don’t believe he can finish like he was last year.
01-26-2019 07:40 PM
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18 wins and they will play in a postseason tournament. They have no chance in doing anything at the MAC tourney. Hopefully they can get a 2 or 3 seed and not a 4 or worse seed. Win one lose one is not a tourney contender
01-26-2019 07:43 PM
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