Men's Basketball Prepares for GLIAC Home Opener

Men's Basketball Prepares for GLIAC Home Opener

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball team will host their first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference games of the season inside the Berry Events Center as they host Purdue University Northwest on Thursday, hosted by Econo Foods, and University of Wisconsin-Parkside Saturday afternoon with game host Peoples State Bank of Munising.  

WEEKLY NOTES

  FOLLOW ALONG

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Thursday vs. Purdue Northwest: 7:30 P.M.
Game Host: Econo Foods

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Saturday vs. Parkside: 3 P.M.
Game Host: Peoples State Bank of Munising

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Live Stats: http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/mbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20181208_dphp.xml

  LAST TIME OUT

The Wildcats suffered their first setback of the season Thursday night as they fell to Northwood University 76-64. The team bounced back to take a 67-59 victory at Saginaw Valley State University Saturday.  NMU is tied at the top of the GLIAC Standings. 

  THREE TIMES

For the third time this season, and the second-straight week, senior Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) was named GLIAC Player of the Week.  Johnson averaged 28 points per game for the Wildcats, scoring 25 points at Northwood University, followed by 31 at Saginaw Valley State University. He shot 55.9 percent from the field and was 50 percent from three-point range, making eight of the team's 11 threes for the week. The senior also led the team with 12 rebounds, three assists and four total steals. 

On the season, Johnson is averaging 25.0 points per game and 5.6 rebounds to lead the team. His 25 points also leads the GLIAC by six points and is fifth in all Division II.  His 53.7% shooting from three-point range is third in the league and 14th nationally.

  DEFENSIVE LOCKDOWN

The team's strong defense has been key to their early success. NMU has held opponents to 65.4 points per game this season which is the third fewest allowed among GLIAC schools and is the 29th ranked defense among Division II teams. On the boards, the Wildcats are allowing just 9.3 offensive rebounds, the fewest allowed in the GLIAC.

Protecting the rim has been junior Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) who paces the GLIAC with 17 blocks and 2.8 blocks per game.  He is eighth nationally per game and is 16th total. 

  GETTING POINTS AND PROTECTING THE BALL

Northern Michigan features two of the top scorers in the league.  In addition to Johnson's 25 points per game leading the league, senior Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.) adds 18.9 points per game and is tied for second in the GLIAC. 

As a team, NMU is 20th in the nation shooting 41.9% from three-point range. The team also protects the ball as they are currently second in the NCAA with just 8.3 turnovers per game.  They have committed just 58 turnovers this season. Their 1.47 assist to turnover ratio puts them 24th in the country. 

 

  NMU VERSUS PNW

The teams played for the first time ever last season and NMU came away with two victories. The Wildcats won the first meeting 80-73, then pulled away in the second meeting, winning 90-74.  The Pride feature a new coach this season, Boomer Roberts, and are seeking their first GLIAC win this season. They have a 2-5 overall record.

  NMU VERSUS PARKSIDE

Parkside is joining the GLIAC this season after leaving the Great Lakes Valley Conference and Saturday will be the first meeting as GLIAC foes. NMU holds a 21-10 overall series advantage with the Rangers. The teams have played the past two season during opening weekend as part of the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge with the Wildcats winning both meetings. Parkside enters this week at 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the GLIAC with a win over Davenport University. 

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