Tip-off: 1 p.m. Saturday, NIU Convocation Center
Media: Video: ESPN3; Radio: 1360AM, 98.9 FM
Records: Huskies 9-4 overall, 2-0 in MAC West; Bobcats 11-2 overall, 2-0 in MAC East
Last game: The Huskies won, 89-76, at Bowling Green; the Bobcats won, 83-55, over Buffalo
Leading scorer: (NIU) Courtney Woods, 17.6 ppg; (Ohio) Quiera Lampkins, 19.6 ppg
Leading rebounder: (NIU) Ally Lehman, 10.8 rpg; (Ohio) Jasmine Weatherspoon, 8.5 rpg
Also: (NIU) Cassidy Glenn, 17.0 ppg, 46.0 3PT%; (Ohio) Taylor Agler, 7.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg
The lowdown: This will be the biggest conference test so far for the Huskies against Ohio, which is the favorite to win the MAC East. ... The Bobcats have a plus-7.9 turnover margin per game. ... Ohio is 4-2 on the road, with the only losses of the year coming in a 69-46 defeat at Michigan and a 63-57 loss at North Carolina A&T. ... Northern Illinois has six players scoring in double figures per game – Woods, Lehman, Glenn, Kelly Smith, Mikayla Voigt and Janae Poisson. ... The Huskies are shooting 38.4 percent as a team beyond the arc. ... The Huskies haven't started 3-0 in conference since 1993-94, when they were a member of the Mid-Continent Conference. They have never been 3-0 as a member of the MAC.
Notable person: Richard Dean Anderson, the actor who played the iconic character MacGyver, attended but did not graduate from Ohio University.