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Joe Henricksen of the Chicago Sun-Times blogs about new NIU men's basketball head coach Mark Montgomery getting down to business running his new program. Henricksen talks about the relationship Montgomery and his staff have already begun cultivating in the area and building excitement for NIU basketball.

Don't forget that you can catch Coach Montgomery, as well as NIU football coach Dave Doeren, this afternoon on 670AM The Score as they broadcast live from Fatty's in DeKalb from 1-6 p.m.


Already a 1995 NIU Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, former NIU men's basketball head coach John McDougal (1976-86) was inducted into the Rockford's (Ill.) Lutheran High School Sports Hall of Fame this week as the school's first inductee.  After a successful run with the Huskies, where he coached the 1981-82 Mid-American Conference Tournament and won 136 total games, McDougal continued coaching at the high school level.  He took Lutheran to the Illinois State Tournament in 1993-94 and 1994-95.  McDougal also had a stellar run at Aurora West High School and is the only coach in Illinois history to place at State in both Class A and AA.  Congrats to Coach McDougal from the Huskie family!

Huskie Hoops Play Last Games Before Starting MAC Slates

NIU-Basketball-Mens-and-Womens-Graphic.jpgBoth the NIU men's and women's basketball teams are in action tonight as they play their last games before starting Mid-American Conference play.  The men face Iowa State on the road at 7 p.m. tonight, while the women host intrastate rival Illinois State at the NIU Convocation Center at 7 p.m.  For a preview of each game, click here: Men | Women.  To follow live stats, click here: Men | Women.  Both Huskie teams will be looking for their second straight win!

After tonight's action, the women have just one day to prepare for their MAC opener against Eastern Michigan at the NIU Convocation Center Wednesday at 7 p.m.  The men will also start the conference schedule at home, doing so Saturday at 3 p.m. versus Ball State.

Don't miss the exciting hardwood action this week!  As always, students can attend for free by showing a valid NIU student ID.  To purchase tickets, click here

Silas' Record 40 Points Lead NIU Past UIC

Didn't get enough coverage of the big win for NIU men's basketball last night?  Check out two other recaps describing Xavier Silas', the nation's leading scorer, NIU Convocation Center record performance.  Here's a recap from the Daily-ChronicleHere's the Northern Star's take



The NIU men's basketball team opened practice over the weekend. Here's a report from the Huskies' first practice of 2010-11.

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