Created:Tuesday, February 5, 2013 10:40 p.m.CST

Up next for NIU men's basketball


WHO: Bowling Green (8-13, 3-5 Mid-American Conference) at Northern Illinois (5-15, 3-5 MAC)

WHEN: 7 p.m. today, NIU Convocation Center

RADIO: 1360 WLBK, 98.9 FM

LAST MEETING: Bowling Green defeated NIU, 65-40, on Feb. 4, 2012

SCOUTING THE FALCONS: The road hasn’t been too kind to Bowling Green this season. The Falcons are winless (0-8) away from home, and have lost MAC games at Central Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Buffalo and Toledo. The Falcons struggle to put the ball in the basket, averaging just 62 points, the third-lowest total in the MAC.

NIU OUTLOOK: The Huskies got a big win over Kent State on Jan. 30, but failed to get their first two-game winning streak of the season after losing to Toledo, 69-64, on Saturday. Sophomore wing Abdel Nader was named MAC West player of the week after averaging 22.5 points and 11 rebounds in the two games and hitting a game-winning shot against Kent State with 2.2 seconds left. Freshman guard Akeem Springs has left the Huskies program because of family and personal reasons so the Huskies lose some depth in the backcourt.

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