Northern Illinois battles Kent State tonight on CSN

Northern Illinois battles Kent State tonight on CSN
January 29, 2014, 2:30 pm
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Scott Krinch

Immediately following SportsTalk Live, you can catch the Northern Illinois Huskies as they travel to Ohio to take on the Kent State Golden Flashes. Coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.

Looking to avenge a 73-64 overtime home loss on Jan. 15 to Kent State, Northern Illinois will look to return the favor in Ohio on Wednesday night.

The Huskies (7-11, 1-5 MAC) are playing in their seventh conference game of the season and its sixth against MAC East opponents. They will play nine of their final 11 games against the MAC West.

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The Golden Flashes (11-8, 2-4 MAC) have lost their last three contests. Kent State leads the MAC conference in turnover margin, averaging 2.8 less turnovers per game than any other team in the MAC.

Northern Illinois key players:

Dontel Highsmith: 10.5 PPG, .539 FG%, .348 3PT%

Darrell Bowie: 9.7 PPG, 6.8 RPG

Tavon Baker: 9.0 PPG, 2.6 APG

Kent State key players:

Kris Brewer: 12.6 PPG, 2.9 APG, .412 FG%

Derek Jackson: 10.9 PPG, .437 FG%, .391 3PT%

Mark Henniger: 7.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG


-Kent State leads the all-time series against Northern Illinois, 33-18.

-Northern Illinois ranks No. 1 nationally in Conference strength of schedule.