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The past two Monday nights, NIU men's basketball head coach Mark Montgomery has spent time visiting the fraternities and sororities at NIU. Last Monday night, Montgomery stopped by the fraternities on campus, bringing Taco Bell to each of the houses. Last night, Montgomery made the rounds to the sororities at NIU, handing out boxes of chocolate in a Pre-Valentine's Day gesture from the Huskies.

"Everyone at the fraternities and sororities was very friendly and it was a good chance to meet and interact with members of the student body," Montgomery said. "We had a great response from the fraternities last week and saw a number of those guys come out and support our team last Wednesday, hopefully we see them come back this week and we see them joined by the sororities we visited last night."


Eamonn Brennan of caught up with NIU men's basketball head coach Mark Montgomery this week. Montgomery tells Brennan about reaching his goal of becoming a Division I head coach and the built-in advantages he sees at Northern Illinois.


Sports Illustrated web front_small.jpgNIU men's basketball head coach Mark Montgomery spent the last 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Michigan State and, as Steve Hendershot explains in an article for Sports Illustrated, Montgomery brought much of that winning Spartan formula to NIU. But the NIU way isn't completely the same as the MSU way, read more to find out where Montgomery believes he and Izzo differ. 


Joe Henricksen of the Chicago Sun-Times recently caught up with former NIU basketball player, and Huskie Hall of Famer, Rodney Davis to talk about Davis' current work with young people in the Aurora area. In 2005, the former NIU star started L.I.F.E. Support Incorporated, a non-profit that provides social services and recreational activities for young people. Davis has also written a book entitled, "After The Buzzer - 7 Steps for Winning the Big Game (Life, After the Cheering Stops)." You can find more information on Davis' book at and on his organization at



NIU Men's Basketball Head Coach Mark Montgomery has joined the Twitter universe. You can find Coach Montgomery at to keep up with all of the tweets of the new Huskie head coach. Coach Monty has been on Twitter for less than 24 hours but check out his thoughts about the NBA Playoffs.



Despite battling flu-like symptoms for much of the week, Xavier Silas had another impressive performance last night for the Huskies, scoring 39 points to lead NIU to an 83-74 victory over Akron. Silas was 9-of-17 from the floor, including 5-of-9 from beyond the three-point line, and also grabbed eight rebounds as NIU improved to 7-11, 3-3 in the MAC.

With his performance, Silas was named's Mid-Major Stud of the Night.

The Huskies return to action on Saturday when they travel to Buffalo. Game time is set for 11 a.m. CT. 


David Thorpe of recently featured NIU's Xavier Silas as one of his potential sleepers in the 2011 NBA Draft. In evaluating Silas, here are some of Thorpe's thoughts:

- "I like Silas' compact and repeatable shooting form from deep better than any player I've studied in college this season."

- "He could also hit that difficult shot off of a baseline screen or flare from the top because the wing 3-pointer is such a deep shot. I'd guess there won't be three players from this class who will be able to make that shot consistently over their NBA careers, but Silas will be one who can."

- "Silas surprised me with his defense, smartly switching screens in rapid succession and finding the right guys to rotate to quickly. This shows me he's locked into the game plan."

To read Thorpe's entire column, click here. Silas and the Huskies return to the NIU Convocation Center on Wednesday night when they host Akron at 6:30 p.m.


Xavier Silas led NIU to a 71-69 victory last night at Eastern Michigan with 31 points, including 6-of-6 from beyond the three-point line. For his efforts, Silas was named's Mid-Major Stud of the Night. Silas and the Huskies return home to the NIU Convocation Center on Saturday when they host Toledo at 3:30 p.m., the game is part of a doubleheader with the NIU women who play Western Michigan at 1 p.m.

Silas was also featured recently on the Mid-American Conference Fast Break video series.

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