The annual Huskie Basketball Tip-Off, featuring Northern Illinois head basketball coaches Mark Montgomery and Kathi Bennett, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Eduardo’s Mexican Restaurant in downtown DeKalb.
Montgomery, the first-year head coach of the NIU men’s basketball program, and Bennett, beginning her second season in charge of the Huskie women’s program, will talk about their respective programs as they enter the 2011-12 campaign as well as take questions and mingle with Huskie fans.
Eduardo’s, a proud partner of Huskie Athletics, will provide appetizers and offer a cash bar. The event is free and open to the public.
Montgomery begins his first season at NIU following 10 highly successful seasons as an assistant at Michigan State, where he helped the Spartans reach three Final Fours. He leads a Huskie men’s team that returns five letterwinners from a season ago, led by senior Tim Toler and redshirt sophomore Antone Christian.
The Huskie men will open the regular season at Purdue on Nov. 11 prior to the regular season home opener against UW-Milwaukee on Nov. 14. Games against DePaul (Dec. 14) and Southern Illinois (Dec. 17) also highlight the men’s basketball home schedule.
The NIU women’s basketball team returns seven letterwinners, including three starters, from Bennett’s first campaign. The Huskies will be looking to build off a season that saw a 30 percent increase in wins from the prior season and a 75 percent surge in conference victories. With help from the installation of Bennett’s signature pack defense, NIU held opponents to under 40 percent shooting in 15 of 30 games.
Led by seniors Kim Davis and Courtney Shelton, the 2011-12 Huskies begin Bennett’s second season at Loyola Chicago on Nov. 13 before hosting three straight home games against Western Illinois (Nov. 16), Temple (Nov. 20), and Bradley (Nov. 23).
Season ticket holders will be able to pick up their 2011-12 Huskie basketball season tickets at Eduardo’s. Season tickets not picked up will be mailed the following day.
Basketball season tickets are still available, including the combined men’s and women’s season ticket for just $141. Season tickets for the NIU men’s basketball team are just $107 for the general public and $91 for NIU faculty/staff or senior citizens (62 and older). NIU women’s basketball season tickets are available for just $62, with faculty/staff or senior citizen season tickets available for $50.
Fans can purchase season tickets by calling (815) 752-6800 or logging on to www.NIUHuskies.com/tickets. Single game tickets for the NIU men’s and women’s basketball season are also on sale now via Ticketmaster and at the Convocation Center Box Office.
For more information on NIU basketball and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.