Created:Tuesday, February 12, 2013 10:44 p.m.CDT
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Up next for NIU men's basketball

By STEVE NITZ - snitz@shawmedia.com

WHO: Ball State (9-13, 3-7 MAC) at Northern Illinois (5-17, 3-7 MAC)

WHEN: 7 p.m., NIU Convocation Center

RADIO: 1360 WLBK, 98.9 FM

LAST MEETING: Ball State defeated NIU, 62-51, on March 3, 2012

SCOUTING THE CARDINALS: Ball State sits tied with NIU at the bottom of the MAC West standings and has won only two of its past nine The Cardinals did get a 65-62 victory over Western Michigan on Saturday. Sudanese forward Majok Majok averages a MAC-high 10 rebounds a game, and Ball State is fourth in the conference in rebounding margin at +3.2.

OUTLOOK: From here on out, it’s all West Division games on the conference schedule for NIU, including two against against Ball State, tonight and the regular-season finale in Muncie. Sophomore wing Abdel Nader led the Huskies in scoring once again in Saturday’s 59-54 loss at Buffalo, notching 13 points in just 19 minutes. One Huskie who has come on lately is freshman guard J.J. Cravatta, who is averaging 5.1 points in 15.8 minutes over the team’s past eight games.

How do you feel about NIU's recruiting class?
NIU couldn't have done better
Huskies went to a BCS bowl in 2012, it's disappointing
Talk to me in three years