MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball begins Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action this week by visiting Northwood University Thursday night and Saginaw Valley State University Saturday afternoon.
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FRIDAY AT NORTHWOOD: 8 P.M.
SATURDAY AT SAGINAW VALLEY: 3 P.M.
| LAST TIME OUT
Northern Michigan picked up two wins last week at the Hillsdale Thanksgiving Classic, defeating two former GLIAC foes, Ohio Dominican University and Hillsdale College. The week started Tuesday with ODU, On Wednesday against the hosts, NMU finished the game on a 38-17 run to win 80-68.
| PLAYER OF THE WEEK, AGAIN
Senior Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) averaged 22 points in the team's two wins and was named GLIAC Player of the Week for the second time this season. The senior shot 75% from the field and 50% from three while adding nine rebounds and three assists to his totals.
| STRONG START
The Wildcats are off to a strong start, starting the year 5-0 as they enter conference play. The 5-0 start is their best start to a season since the 1984-85 season when the Wildcats started the year 6-0 and finished 19-10 on the season. Since that time, the team has seen 19 winning seasons and five 20-win seasons.
| GOING NATIONAL
The Wildcats are found multiple time in national statistical rankings. As a team, NMU is second from three-point range, shooting 49%. Individually, junior Sam Taylor (Chicago, Ill.) is fifth from three, shooting 59.1% while Johnson is 19th at 56%. Sophomore Alec Fruin (Beloit, Wis.) is shooting 45% while senior Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.) and junior Marcus Matelski (Boyne Falls, Mich.) are both at 40%. NMU second for fewest turnovers per game with just 8.2 turnovers and is also tenth in assist/turnover ratio at 1.8.
Johnson is 15th in points per game, averaging 23.8. Senior Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) is seventh with 3.3 blocks per game and is 19th in total blocks with 13 blocks this year.
| NMU VERSUS NORTHWOOD
NMU holds a 49-18 advantage in the all-time series with the Timberwolves, with the Wildcats winning seven of the last eight meetings. NU fell to #14 University of Findlay Monday and enter the weekend at 2-4 on the season.
| NMU VERSUS SVSU
SVSU leads the overall series, 37-31, but NMU has outscored the Cardinals by 31 points all-time. The teams have split the past four meetings. The Cardinals enter the week at 2-3, falling to two ranked teams. The Cardinals host Michigan Technological University Thursday.