MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball team concludes the 2018-19 regular season Thursday night as they head to Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rival Michigan Technological University.
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Thursday at Michigan Tech: 7:30 P.M.
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| LAST TIME OUT
NMU dropped two games this past week. On Thursday they fell to Grand Valley State University. They then visited #16 Davenport University on Saturday and despite a late game rally, the Wildcats were unable to upset the Panthers a second time this season, falling 74-71.
| SCORING POINTS
The Wildcats have the league's top two scorers in seniors Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) and Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.). Johnson paces the GLIAC with an average of 20.6 points per game while Echols is right behind at 19.1. Johnson has reached 30 points three times this season and scored a career-high 33 points against Lewis University. Echols has scored a season-high 27 points twice this season, including Saturday at Davenport, which included a stretch of 17-straight points for the Wildcats. The pair is also first and second in made free throws per game, with Johnson averaging 5.2 and Echols at 5.0.
| VALUE THE BALL
The Wildcats continue to take care of the ball each game as they commit just 9.2 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 239 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.
Individually, among starting point guards who have started every game they've appeared in and play over 30 minutes, Echols has committed the fewest turnovers, committing just 2.0 turnovers in 35 minutes per game.
| LEADING THE GLIAC
Defensively, junior Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) is atop the league with 70 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 get blocked the fewest among the GLIAC, as they have just two shots blocked per outing this season.
| THE PLAYOFF PICTURE
The Wildcats are currently in a three-way tie for the fifth seed in the GLIAC Tournament, tied with Grand Valley State University and Lake Superior State University, which NMU has split their season series with both. While NMU visits Tech, GVSU hosts current #16 Davenport and LSSU hosts Ferris State University. Ferris State is tied with University of Wisconsin-Parkside for third place. Parkside visits Purdue University-Northwest Thursday.
| NMU VERSUS TECH
NMU leads the series 131-81 all time while the series dates back to the 1911-12 season. The Wildcats collected a 63-59 victory in the Berry Events Center earlier this season. Michigan Tech is 11-15 this year and at 6-13 in the GLIAC have already been eliminated from the GLIAC Tournament.