Created:Monday, January 9, 2017 3:57 p.m.CDT
Updated:Monday, January 9, 2017 4:56 p.m.CDT

NIU men's basketball: Northern Illinois at Kent State preview


Tip-off: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Kent, Ohio

Media: Radio: 1360 AM, 98.9 FM

Records: Huskies 9-6 overall, 1-1 in MAC West; Golden Flashes 9-6 overall, 1-1 in MAC East

Last game: The Huskies beat Central Michigan, 87-83; the Golden Flashes lost, 85-67, at Ohio

Leading scorer: (NIU) Marin Maric, 13.5 ppg; (KSU) Jimmy Hall, 17.4 ppg

Leading rebounder: (NIU) Marin Maric, 6.5 rpg; (KSU) Jimmy Hall, 11.0 rpg

Also: (NIU) Jaylen Key, 8.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg; (KSU) Jaylin Walker, 14.8 ppg, 78.6 FT%

The lowdown: The Huskies led by 17 in the second half against Central Michigan before hanging on for a victory in the closing minutes. ... Last season, the Huskies lost, 75-74, at Kent State. ... Northern Illinois is 1-9 in its past 10 road games against MAC opponents. ... NIU freshman point guard Justin Thomas has four turnovers in 264 minutes so far this season. ... The Huskies are third in the conference in turnover margin (plus-2.8), but last in 3-point percentage (29.4).

Notable person: Actor Michael Keaton, known for his portrayal as Batman, Beetlejuice and countless other films, attended but did not graduate from Kent State.

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