MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball team resumes Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play this week as they head to Wayne State University Thursday night and take on #10 Ashland University Saturday afternoon.
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Thursday at Wayne State: 7:30 P.M.
The game will also be televised live on Comcast CN 900.
Saturday at Ashland: 3 P.M.
Live Stats: http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/mbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20190105_4jos.xml
| LAST TIME OUT
The Wildcats took part in the Bellarmine Classic at Bellarmine University prior to break and displayed a solid showing despite coming away shy of victory. In their first game with the University of Southern Indiana, USI closed the first half on an 8-2 run which provided to much to overcome even though NMU outscored the Screamin' Eagles in the second half. In the second matchup, the Wildcats gave #1 Bellarmine their closest game of the season with the only single-digit difference of the season for the Knights but the hosts ultimately captured an 84-75 victory.
| MAKING SHOTS
The Wildcats strong start to the season has been fueled by successful shooting. As a team, NMU is currently ranked 11th in the NCAA as they shoot 42% from behind the arc this season. Senior Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) has paced the team as he is leading the GLIAC and is second in the country by hitting 55.2% of his attempts from three. His overall shooting from the field, 59.9%, places him fifth in the country. NMU is also successful from the free throw line, ranking 21st nationally with 77.9% shooting from the charity stripe. Senior Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.) is second in the GLIAC and is 13th in the NCAA, shooting 92.4 from the line. Echols also leads the league in made free throws.
| VALUE THE BALL
Another key to this year's success has been the team's ability to limit turnovers this year. NMU is averaging just 9.1 turnovers per game which places them third in the NCAA and the only team in the GLIAC with less than 10 turnovers a game. On the season, they have committed just 100 turnovers which is the 11th fewest in Division II. Sophomore Alec Fruin (Beloit, Wis.) is leading the conference in turnover margin, as he has committed just one turnover so far this season.
| SCORING POINTS
NMU features the top-two scorers in the league as Johnson is pacing the GLIAC with 23.7 points per game while Echols is second with 19.3 points per game this season. Johnson's total also places him 10th in the NCAA. As a team, NMU is averaging 78.5 per outing.
| BLOCK THAT SHOT
Junior Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) has 24 blocks this season which places him 19th in the NCAA. His average of 2.3 blocks per game puts him 12th nationally. He is currently leading the GLIAC in both categories.
| NMU VERSUS WAYNE STATE
This will be the 76th meeting between the teams with WSU holding a slight 39-36 lead in the all-time series. The team's have split their meetings the past two years with NMU winning both games in Detroit.
| NMU VERSUS ASHLAND
Ashland leads the all-time series 17-9 over NMU, including winning both matchups last season. In the last matchup, Ashland held on to defeat the Wildcats in the GLIAC Quarterfinals last year. The Eagles are 10-0 and enter this week ranked 10th in the NABC National Poll and will host Michigan Technological University Thursday night.