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Huskie basketball showcase tips off Oct. 4

September 26, 2014

Photo of basketball going through hoopThe NIU men’s and women’s basketball teams will hold a NIU Basketball Showcase at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, following the Huskie football game.

This will be the first chance for Huskie fans to see the 2014-15 Huskie basketball teams on the court.

“This event is the tip-off of our season,” said NIU men’s basketball head coach Mark Montgomery. “It adds to what is already going to be a great weekend. We want Huskie fans to come tailgate, then watch the football team against Kent State and then get a preview of what you can expect from our team this year.

“It is a great opportunity for us to get our team in front of the public and for the public to see our team, see the new floor, get pictures and watch us for the first time in 2014-15.”

“I’m just really excited to start the season off with this event with our men’s basketball team, on our new court,” said NIU women’s basketball head coach Kathi Bennett. “We hope it will help get fans excited about the new season and what is ahead of us.”

New basketball floorDoors to the Convocation Center will open at 7 p.m., with free pizza provided to NIU students courtesy of Vinny’s Pizza. The event will begin at 8 p.m., with the introduction of the 2014-15 NIU men’s and women’s basketball teams.

After the introductions, the Huskies will compete in a skills challenge, a three-point contest and a dunk contest, followed by a 10-minute scrimmage by the Huskie men’s basketball team.

Last season, the NIU men recorded one of the 10 best win improvements in the nation as they won 15 games. The 10-win improvement was also the largest single-season improvement in NIU history. The Huskie women’s basketball team returns all five starters from last season and has advanced to Cleveland in the Mid-American Conference Tournament in two of the last three seasons.

Season tickets for the 2014-15 campaign of NIU basketball are available now, including the combined men’s and women’s season ticket for just $135. For more information or to purchase season tickets call the NIU Athletic Ticket Office at (815) 753-PACK (7225).

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