Created:Friday, February 1, 2013 11:57 p.m.CDT

Toledo at Northern Illinois

Toledo (8-10, 4-3 Mid-American Conference) at Northern Illinois (5-14, 3-4 MAC)

3 p.m., NIU Convocation Center

Radio: 1360 WLBK, 98.9 FM , Last meeting: NIU defeated Toledo, 65-61, on Feb. 29, 2012

Scouting the Rockets: One thing Toledo boasts is the MAC's leading scorer — junior guard Rian Pearson, who averages 19.6 points per game. The Rockets average 68.9 points per game, the fourth-best total in the conference. Toledo comes to DeKalb with back-to-back victories. The Rockets defeated Ball State Wednesday and got a win over Bowling Green on Saturday.

NIU outlook: After a record-setting (not in a good way) performance at Eastern Michigan last Saturday, NIU rebounded nicely with Wednesday's 67-65 win over Kent State, when Abdel Nader hit a jumper with 2.2 seconds left to give the Huskies the win. Nader has been NIU's go-to guy all season, averaging 13.6 points per game. His 26 points Wednesday were a season high, and tied his career high.

– Steve Nitz,

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