Created:Friday, January 6, 2017 2:48 p.m.CDT

NIU men's basketball: Central Michigan at Huskies preview


Tip-off: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, NIU Convocation Center

Media: Video: ESPN3; Radio: 1360AM/98.9 FM

Records: Huskies 8-6 overall, 0-1 in MAC West; Chippewas 10-4 overall, 0-1 in MAC West

Last game: The Huskies lost, 69-67, at Miami (Ohio). ... the Chippewas lost, 85-63, at Eastern Michigan

Leading scorer: (NIU) Marin Maric, 13.2 ppg; (CMU) Marcus Keene, 30.1 ppg

Leading rebounder: (NIU) Marin Maric, 6.3 rpg; (CMU) Cecil Williams, 6.0 rpg

Also: (NIU) Dontel Highsmith, 10.3 ppg in last seven games; (CMU) Braylon Rayson, 17.4 ppg

The lowdown: Keene, a 5-foot-9 transfer guard from Youngstown State, leads the nation in scoring and the Chippewas lead the MAC with 89.2 points per game. ... Northern Illinois freshman guard Eugene German scored 13 points in the loss at Miami and missed a potential go-ahead 3-pointer in the closing moments. ... The 63 points against Eastern Michigan was the only time this season that the Chippewas have scored less than 73 in a game. ... Northern Illinois sophomore Levi Bradley is coming off a double-double, with 11 points and 14 rebounds in the loss to the RedHawks.

Notable person: Emmy-winning actor Terry O'Quinn, who played John Locke in the hit ABC show "Lost," attended Central Michigan.

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