MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball visits Ferris State University and Lake Superior State University this week as they begin a five-game road stretch to end the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference season.
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Thursday at Ferris State: 7:30 P.M.
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Saturday Lake Superior State: 3 P.M.
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| LAST TIME OUT
NMU picked up two GLIAC victories last week as they defeated Saginaw Valley State University 87-73 and followed it with a 72-60 victory Saturday over Northwood University. Five players achieved double figures as the team shot 53% from the field in Thursday's win against SVSU. Against the Timberwolves Saturday, three players achieved double figures.
| SCORING POINTS
The Wildcats have the league's top two scorers in seniors Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) and Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.). Johnson is averaging 20.8 points per game while Echols is close behind with 19.0 points per game. Echols is first in the league with 5.1 made free throws per game while Johnson has added 4.9 free throws an outing. This past week, Echols averaged 23.5 points, scoring 22 against SVSU and then posting 25 against Northwood, while Johnson had 20.5, scoring 23 Thursday and following it with 18 Saturday.
| VALUE THE BALL
The Wildcats continue to take care of the ball each game as they commit just 9.0 turnovers per game this year. That total is two fewer than anyone else in the GLIAC and places NMU fourth in the country in turnovers per game. In total, Northern Michigan has a committed 199 turnovers this season to put them seventh in all of Division II men's basketball. Opponents are committing over 12 turnovers a game against NMU.
| LEADING THE GLIAC
Defensively, junior Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) is atop the league with 58 blocks, averaging 2.8 per game. In addition to leading the GLIAC, he is ranked sixth nationally in average and total blocks.
As a team, the Wildcats currently pace the league by allowing a league low 40.6% shooting from the field in GLIAC contests this season. They are allowing 68 points per game in GLIAC games, which is the second fewest allowed in the conference.
| THE GLIAC STANDINGS
Northern Michigan is tied with Ferris State and Lake Superior State for second in the GLIAC North at 9-6. The teams trail the division leader, University of Wisconsin-Parkside by one game. In the overall standings, NMU, FSU and LSSU are tied for the fourth seed in the GLIAC Tournament. The top four seeds host while the top seeded team will host the semifinals and finals. The Wildcats are four games up on Michigan Technological University, who are currently sitting at ninth in the GLIAC and outside the conference tournament.
| NMU VERSUS FSU
The Wildcats will look to avenge a 62-59 loss at the Berry Events Center in January that saw the Bulldogs win with a three-pointer at the buzzer. NMU holds a 69-64 all-time series lead over FSU. Ferris State, 17-9 this season, comes into the week off a 104-78 victory after Wayne State University after losing two games prior.
| NMU VERSUS LSSU
NMU holds a 63-41 advantage in the all-time series but looks to split this season's series after falling to the Lakers at home in January. LSSU is 13-8 this year and has won their last three matchups. The Lakers host Michigan Technological University Thursday.