Created:Tuesday, January 22, 2013 10:18 p.m.CST

NIU-Central Michigan preview capsule


WHO: Northern Illinois (3-13, 1-3 Mid-American Conference West) at Central Michigan (9-8, 2-2 MAC West)

WHEN: 6 p.m. CST, McGuirk Arena, Mount Pleasant, Mich.

Radio: 1360 WLBK, 98.9 FM

Last meeting: Central Michigan defeated Northern Illinois, 74-64, on Feb. 26, 2012

Scouting the Chippewas: Central Michigan has played well at McGuirk Arena, coming into the contest with a 5-1 home record. The Chippewas have just one player averaging double figures, senior guard Kyle Randall, who is scoring 16.8 points per game. However, senior forward Olivier Mbaigoto, freshman forward John Simons and freshman forward Blake Hibbitts all average more than 7 ppg.

NIU outlook: After winning their conference opener at Miami (Ohio), the Huskies have dropped three consecutive MAC contests. NIU needs to do something to get going offensively. The Huskies scored a season-low 34 points in Saturday’s home loss to Western Michigan, and NIU’s average of 56.6 points per game is last in the MAC.

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