Created:Saturday, January 26, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

NIU men's hoops preview capsule


Northern Illinois (4-13, 2-3 Mid-American Conference West) at Eastern Michigan (9-10, 2-3 MAC West)

Game time:
1 p.m. today

Where: EMU Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, Mich.

Radio: AM-1360 WLBK, 98.9 FM ,Last meeting: Northern Illinois defeated Eastern Michigan, 55-52, in the first round of the 2012 MAC Tournament
Scouting the Eagles:
Eastern Michigan may be below .500, but the Eagles do play well at home, as all nine of EMU's wins have came in Ypsilanti. Like the Huskies, the Eagles have trouble putting the ball in the basket. EMU averages just 57.7 points per game, good for 11th in the MAC. NIU is 12th at 57.6 ppg. The Eagles do give up a league-low 61.2 points per contest.
NIU outlook:
The Huskies couldn't have gotten any lower than a 71-34 home loss to Western Michigan on Jan. 19, but NIU rebounded nicely with a 74-61 victory at Central Michigan on Wednesday. The Huskies are now 2-1 on the road in conference play. Sophomore wing Abdel Nader had another strong showing at CMU, scoring a season-high 23 points. He leads the Huskies with an average of 13.9 ppg.

– Steve Nitz,

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