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Northern Illinois Huskies men's basketball

The Northern Illinois Huskies men's basketball team represents Northern Illinois University (NIU) in DeKalb, Illinois. The school's team currently competes in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 1996. The Huskies are coached by Mark Montgomery. Mark Montgomery spent 10 years on the Michigan State University Staff under Coach Tom Izzo.[2]

Northern Illinois Huskies
2018–19 Northern Illinois Huskies men's basketball team
Northern Illinois Huskies basketball logo.svg
UniversityNorthern Illinois University
Head coachMark Montgomery (7th season)
ConferenceMid-American
LocationDeKalb, Illinois
ArenaNIU Convocation Center
(Capacity: 10,000)
NicknameHuskies
ColorsCardinal and Black[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Away


NCAA Tournament Appearances
1982, 1991, 1996
Conference Tournament Champions
1932 (IIAC)
1982 (MAC)
1996 (MCC)
Conference Regular Season Champions
1933, 1934, 1935, 1941, 1945 (IIAC)
1972 (Midwestern)
1981 (MAC)
1991 (Mid-Con)
Conference Division Season Champions
2006 (MAC)

Contents

HistoryEdit

The All-Century TeamEdit

Best of Northern Illinois Men’s Basketball (1900-2000)Edit

The Northern Illinois University athletic department celebrated 100 years of Huskies basketball in the 2000–01 season. A panel of 29 Administrators, NIU Staff/Faculty, NIU Alumni, Media and NIU Media Services were given the opportunity to cast votes for the greatest players to ever don the cardinal and black of Northern Illinois University, resulting in a total of 46 players. Eighty-six different Huskie players received at least one vote, including 33 Northern Illinois Hall of Famers, plus 12 performers either drafted or signed as free agents by the National Basketball Association. Members of the All-Century Team were acknowledged at halftime of the NIU-Ball State Cardinals men's basketball game on Saturday February 17, 2001 in Chick Evans Field House.[3]

No. Player Pos. Career Height Hometown Votes All-American Player of the Year MAC/Midwestern/IICA All-Conference Note
33 Kenny Battle F 1984-86 6-6 Aurora, IL 29  Y    Y Jersey in College Basketball HOF
24 Jim Bradley F/C 1971-73 6-10 East Chicago, IN 29  Y    Y NIU Player of the Century
35 T.J. Lux F/C 1995-2000 6-9 Merrillville, IN 29  Y    Y NIU All-Time leading scorer
40 Allen Rayhorn C 1978-82 6-9 Rock City, IL 29  Y    Y NIU All-Time leader in FT and FTA
10 Donald Whiteside PG 1987-91 5-10 Chicago, IL 28      Y Played in the CBA, ABA & NBA
34 Matt Hick F 1974-77 6-4 Aurora, IL 27  Y  Y  Y MAC Player of the Year 1976-77
44 Donnell Thomas F 1987-91 6-4 Chicago, IL 27      Y Lead NIU in rebounding four consecutive seasons
13 Larry Wyllie G 1956-59 6-1 Westmont, IL 27      Y Inducted into IBCA Hall of Fame (1987)
44 Paul Dawkins F 1975-79 6-5 Saginaw, MI 26  Y  Y  Y Fifth in the nation in scoring in 1979
50 Tim Dillon F/C 1980-84 6-9 Franklin Grove, IL 26  Y    Y NIU's First Academic All-American
40 Larry Gentry F 1956-60 6-4 Clinton, IL 26      Y Four-Time All-IIAC
44 Jerry Zielinski F 1968-72 6-4 Hennepin, IL 25      Y Drafted by ABA Dallas Chaparrals in April, 1972
44 Jim Smith C 1967-69 6-7 Des Plaines, IL 24       First Huskie drafted by the NBA (Lakers)[4]
12 Billy Harris G 1969-73 6-2 Chicago, IL 24  Y     Titled: "The Best Playground Baller Ever"
10 George Bork G 1960-63 6-1 Mt. Prospect, IL 23  Y    Y First NIU football-basketball All-America pick.
12 Willie Hanson G 1963-67 5-10 Mendota, IL 23      Y Best Free Throw Shooter in NIU History
32 Rodney Davis G 1984-88 6-3 Aurora, IL 22      Y Called "complete package" by Northern Illinois Hall of Fame coach John McDougal.
NA Reino Nori F 1932-36 5-6 DeKalb, IL 22      Y Greatest NIU athlete during school's first 50 years.
52 Abe Booker C 1958-61 6-5 Chicago, IL 21       Set NIU single-game (32) and season (331) rebound records
NA Tuck Huntzicker F 1925-28 5-10 DeKalb, IL 21       Two-time team Captain
21 John Olson F 1953-57 6-3 Chicago, IL 21      Y First NIU player to reach 1,000-point career points
32 Bill Terwilliger F 1938-41 6-2 DeKalb, IL 21       Dubbed "Fastest Man on Campus"
21 Bobby Wood G/F 1945-49 5-11 Rockford, IL 21       First NIU cager to play in the NBA.
NA Charles "Wix" Garner F 1916-21 5-9 DeKalb, IL 20      Y Two-sport All-IIAC Athlete
NA Leland Strombom G 1927-31 6-0 Sycamore, IL 20      Y Namesake of long-running Sycamore High School boys' basketball holiday tournament.
NA Wes Concidine F 1925-28 6-1 DeKalb, IL 19       Earned 11 varsity letters in three sports
NA Jim McKinzie G 1950-53 6-0 DeKalb, IL 17      Y Inducted into IBCA HOF in 2004
NA John "Red" Pace F 1929-33 6-3 Woodstock, IL 17      Y NBA official (1949-52) and NFL referee and crew chief (1953-70)
25 Dick Williams F/C 1944-49 6-0 Kirkland, IL 17    Y  Y Competed in two collegiate spring sports literally at same time (baseball/track).
NA Clarence "Boots" Cannon G 1916-21 5-9 Shabonna Grove, IL 16       Lettered in football, basketball, and baseball
25 Chris Coleman G/F 1994-97 6-3 Buffalo Grove, IL 16      Y MCC Tournament Most Valuable Player (1996)
34 Brad Waller G/F 1982-85 6-4 Lombard, IL 16      Y IBCA Hall-of-Fame (1991)
NA Benny Westlake F 1931-35 6-1 Elburn, IL 16      Y Mr. Northern Illinois Basketball in 1930s
NA Roy "Flip" Allen G/F 1935-39 6-0 Mount Morris, IL 15      Y Nicknamed "Flip" for his radical one-handed basketball jump shot
24 Harry Henigan G 1942-49 5-11 Sycamore, IL 15      Y Known as "Harry The Horse" to Northern Illinois fans
16 Ollie Krahenbuhl G 1939-42 5-7 Rochelle, IL 15      Y Described by George "Chick" Evans as "...the greatest punter I ever saw."

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Division I season–by–season recordsEdit

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
John Keith (Independent) (1900–1902)
1900–01 John Keith 0–2
1901–02 John Keith 6–2
John Keith: 6–4
Fred Charles (Independent) (1902–1903)
1902–03 Fred Charles 2–1
Fred Charles: 2–1
William Crocker (Independent) (1903–1904)
1903–04 William Crocker 3–7
William Crocker: 3–7
John Keith (Independent) (1904–1905)
1904–05 John Keith 7–3
John Keith: 13–7
Harry Sauthoff (Independent) (1905–1906)
1905–06 Harry Sauthoff 7–2
Harry Sauthoff: 7–2
Nelson A. Kellogg (Independent) (1906–1910)
1906–07 Nelson A. Kellogg 2–6
1907–08 Nelson A. Kellogg 7–6
1908–09 Nelson A. Kellogg 5–5
1909–10 Nelson A. Kellogg 3–10
Nelson A. Kellogg: 17–27
William Wirtz (Independent) (1910–1918)
1910–11 William Wirtz 4–5
1911–12 William Wirtz 6–4
1912–13 William Wirtz 12–3
1913–14 William Wirtz 9–4
1914–15 William Wirtz 6–6
1915–16 William Wirtz 7–3
1916–17 William Wirtz 5–4
1917–18 William Wirtz 8–2
William Wirtz: 57–31
Ralph Wagner (Independent) (1918–1920)
1918–19 Ralph Wagner 2–3
1919–20 Ralph Wagner 11–7
Ralph Wagner: 13–10
Milo Oakland (IIAC) (1920–1923)
1920–21 Milo Oakland 13–4 2-2
1921–22 Milo Oakland 6–6 4-3
1922–23 Milo Oakland 6–8 5-6
Milo Oakland: 25–18 11-11
William Muir (IIAC) (1923–1926)
1923–24 William Muir 6–5 2-4
1924–25 William Muir 13–4 2-2
1925–26 William Muir 15–2 2-0
William Muir: 34–11 6-6
Roland Cowell (IIAC) (1926–1929)
1926–27 Roland Cowell 18–1
1927–28 Roland Cowell 12–4 5-2
1928–29 Roland Cowell 10–9 5-6
Roland Cowell: 40–14 10-8
George "Chick" Evans (IIAC) (1929–1940)
1929–30 George "Chick" Evans 11–6 7-4
1930–31 George "Chick" Evans 8–8 4-7
1931–32 George "Chick" Evans 13–6 7-5
1932–33 George "Chick" Evans 15–3 12-1 1st
1933–34 George "Chick" Evans 16–2 12-2 1st
1934–35 George "Chick" Evans 12–9 8-6 1st
1935–36 George "Chick" Evans 4–19 3-11
1936–37 George "Chick" Evans 12–9 7-7
1937–38 George "Chick" Evans 10–13 5-7
1938–39 George "Chick" Evans 12–6 8-3
1939–40 George "Chick" Evans 12–12 6-6
George "Chick" Evans: 125–93 79-59
Ralph McKinzie (IIAC) (1940–1948)
1940–41 Ralph McKinzie 16–3 7-2 1st
1941–42 Ralph McKinzie 11–9 3-4
1942–43 Ralph McKinzie 9–8 4-4
1943–44 Ralph McKinzie 7–7 3-4
1944–45 Ralph McKinzie 15–1 7-1 1st
1945–46 Ralph McKinzie 11–8 4-4
1946–47 Ralph McKinzie 11–8 3-5
1947–48 Ralph McKinzie 14–12 3-5
Ralph McKinzie: 94–56 34-29
Gene Fekete (IIAC) (1948–1949)
1948–49 Gene Fekete 10–11 2-6
Gene Fekete: 10-11 2-6
Gilbert Wilson (IIAC) (1949–1950)
1949–50 Gilbert Wilson 4–17 0-8 5th
Gilbert Wilson: 4-17 0-8
Gilman Hertz (IIAC) (1950–1954)
1950–51 Gilman Hertz 12–7 8-4 T-2nd
1951–52 Gilman Hertz 5–16 1-11 6th
1952–53 Gilman Hertz 13–7 6-6 4th
1953–54 Gilman Hertz 5–14 2-10
Gilman Hertz: 35-44 17-31
William Healey (IIAC) (1954–1963)
1954–55 William Healey 9–11 4-8 T-6th
1955–56 William Healey 5–14 3-9 6th
1956–57 William Healey 7–13 6-6 T-2nd
1957–58 William Healey 10–12 6-6
1958–59 William Healey 11–11 4-8
1959–60 William Healey 14–7 7-5 T-3rd
1960–61 William Healey 14–8 7-5 T-3rd
1961–62 William Healey 11–10 4-8 T-5th
1962–63 William Healey 15–8 4-4 T-2nd
William Healey: 96-94 45-59
Ev Cochrane (IIAC) (1963–1966)
1963–64 Ev Cochrane 11–11 5-3 2nd
1964–65 Ev Cochrane 12–10 5-3 T-2nd
1965–66 Ev Cochrane 10–13 4-4 4th
Ev Cochrane: 33-34 14-10
Tom Jorgensen (Independent) (1966–1970)
1966–67 Tom Jorgensen 8–12
1967–68 Tom Jorgensen 10–14
1968–69 Tom Jorgensen 13–11
1969–70 Tom Jorgensen 13–12
Tom Jorgensen (Midwestern Conference) (1970–1972)
1970–71 Tom Jorgensen 13–10 4–4 3rd
1971–72 Tom Jorgensen 21–4 7–1 1st
Tom Jorgensen (Independent) (1973–1973)
1972–73 Tom Jorgensen 17–8
Tom Jorgensen: 95–71 11-5
Emory Luck (Independent) (1973–1975)
1973–74 Emory Luck 8–17
1974–75 Emory Luck 8–15
Emory Luck (MAC) (1975–1976)
1975–76 Emory Luck 5–21 2–14 9th
Emory Luck: 21–53 2-14
John McDougal (MAC) (1976–1986)
1976–77 John McDougal 13–14 10–6 4th
1977–78 John McDougal 11–16 9–7 5th
1978–79 John McDougal 14–13 8–8 5th
1979–80 John McDougal 16–13 9–7 3rd
1980–81 John McDougal 17–12 10–6 T–1st
1981–82 John McDougal 16–14 9–7 3rd NCAA Round of 48
1982–83 John McDougal 11–16 8–10 T-5th
1983–84 John McDougal 12–15 9–9 5th
1984–85 John McDougal 11–16 7–11 T–7th
1985–86 John McDougal 15–12 10–8 4th
John McDougal: 136–141 89-79
Jim Rosborough (Independent) (1986–1989)
1986–87 Jim Rosborough 9–19
1987–88 Jim Rosborough 8–20
1988–89 Jim Rosborough 11–17
Jim Rosborough: 28–56
Jim Molinari (Independent) (1989–1990)
1989–90 Jim Molinari 17–11
Jim Molinari (Mid-Con) (1990–1991)
1990–91 Jim Molinari 25–6 14–2 1st NCAA Round of 64
Jim Molinari: 42–17 14-2
Brian Hammel (Mid-Con) (1991–1994)
1991–92 Brian Hammel 11–17 7–9 T–6th
1992–93 Brian Hammel 15–12 10–6 T–2nd
1993–94 Brian Hammel 10–17 7–11 T–6th
Brian Hammel (MCC) (1994–1997)
1994–95 Brian Hammel 19–10 7–8 7th
1995–96 Brian Hammel 20–10 10–6 3rd NCAA Round of 64
1996–97 Brian Hammel 12–15 6–10 T–6th
Brian Hammel (MAC) (1997–2000)
1997–98 Brian Hammel 10–16 6–12 5th (West)
1998–99 Brian Hammel 6–20 2–16 6th (West)
1999–00 Brian Hammel 13–15 7–11 4th (West)
2000–01 Brian Hammel 1–6 0–0
Brian Hammel: 117–138 62-89
Andy Greer (MAC) (2000–2001)
2000–01 Andy Greer 4–17 4–14 5th (West)
Andy Greer: 4–17 4–14
Rob Judson (MAC) (2001–2007)
2001–02 Rob Judson 12–16 8–10 4th (West)
2002–03 Rob Judson 17–14 11–7 2nd (West)
2003–04 Rob Judson 10–20 5–13 6th (West)
2004–05 Rob Judson 11–17 7–11 5th (West)
2005–06 Rob Judson 17–11 12–6 1st (West)
2006–07 Rob Judson 7–23 4–12 6th (West)
Rob Judson: 74–101 47-59
Ricardo Patton (MAC) (2007–2011)
2007–08 Ricardo Patton 6–22 3–12 6th (West)
2008–09 Ricardo Patton 10–20 5–11 5th (West)
2009–10 Ricardo Patton 10–20 6–10 5th (West)
2010–11 Ricardo Patton 9–21 5–11 4th (West)
Ricardo Patton: 35–83 19–44
Mark Montgomery (MAC) (2011–present)
2011–12 Mark Montgomery 5–26 3–13 6th (West)
2012–13 Mark Montgomery 5–25 3–13 6th (West)
2013–14 Mark Montgomery 15–17 8–10 4th (West)
2014–15 Mark Montgomery 14–16 8–10 T–4th (West)
2015–16 Mark Montgomery 21–13 9–9 T–3rd (West) Vegas 16 Quarterfinals
2016–17 Mark Montgomery 15–17 7–11 T–4th (West)
Mark Montgomery: 75–114 38–66
Total: 1235–1268

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Conference Tournament resultsEdit

MAC TournamentEdit

The Huskies have won the MAC Tournament once in 1982.

Year Seed Location Round Opponent Result NIU Head Coach
1980 3rd DeKalb, IL
Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor, MI
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Consolation
(6) Miami
(2) Bowling Green
(5) Ball State
W 58–53
L 54–49
W 71–58
John McDougal
1981 5th Bowling Green, OH
Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor, MI
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Championship
(4) Bowling Green
(1) Western Michigan
(2) Ball State
W 79–72
W 78–73
L 79–66
John McDougal
1982 3rd DeKalb, IL
Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor, MI
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Championship
(6) Ohio
(2) Bowling Green
(1) Ball State
W 70–68
W 67–66
W 79–75 (OT)
John McDougal
1984 5th Rockford, IL Quarterfinal (4) Toledo L 73–68 John McDougal
1986 4th Rockford, IL Quarterfinal (5) Toledo L 82–79 John McDougal
2000 10th Toledo, OH First Round (7) Toledo L 68–64 Brian Hammel
2001 11th Muncie, IN First Round (6) Ball State L 89–57 Andy Greer
2002 9th Huntington, WV First Round (8) Marshall L 97–93 Rob Judson
2003 4th DeKalb, IL
Cleveland, OH
Cleveland, OH
First Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
(13) Buffalo
(5) Western Michigan
(1) Central Michigan
W 81–64
W 75–63
L 94–72
Rob Judson
2004 12th Buffalo, NY First Round (5) Buffalo L 90–73 Rob Judson
2005 10th Buffalo, NY First Round (7) Buffalo L 73–66 Rob Judson
2006 2nd Cleveland, OH Quarterfinal (7) Toledo L 78–77 Rob Judson
2007 11th Cleveland, OH First Round (6) Western Michigan L 67–62 Rob Judson
2008 11th Cleveland, OH First Round (6) Central Michigan L 83–71 Ricardo Patton
2009 11th Cleveland, OH First Round (6) Kent State L 64–61 Ricardo Patton
2010 11th Cleveland, OH First Round (6) Eastern Michigan L 65–59 Ricardo Patton
2011 10th Bowling Green, OH First Round (7) Bowling Green L 74–54 Ricardo Patton
2012 12th Ypsilanti, MI
Cleveland, OH
First Round
Second Round
(5) Eastern Michigan
(8) Western Michigan
W 52–55
L 54–71
Mark Montgomery
2013 10th Ypsilanti, MI First Round (7) Eastern Michigan L 45–44 Mark Montgomery
2014 7th DeKalb, IL
Cleveland, OH
First Round
Second Round
(10) Bowling Green
(6) Eastern Michigan
W 54–51
L 58–43
Mark Montgomery
2015 10th Akron, OH First Round (7) Akron L 76–52 Mark Montgomery
2016 7th DeKalb, IL
Cleveland, OH
First Round
Second Round
(10) Western Michigan
(2) Ohio
W 56–50
L 79–62
Mark Montgomery
2017 9th Ypsilanti, MI First Round (8) Eastern Michigan L 69–72 Mark Montgomery

The Summit League TournamentEdit

Year Seed Location Round Opponent Result NIU Head Coach
1991 1st Green Bay, WI Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Championship
(8) Illinois-Chicago
(5) Northern Iowa
(2) UW-Green Bay
W 77–52
W 76–63 (OT)
L 56–39
Jim Molinari
1992 6th Cleveland, OH Quarterfinal (3) Illinois-Chicago L 80–66 Brian Hammel
1993 2nd Dayton, OH Quarterfinal (7) Valparaiso L 83–75 Brian Hammel
1994 7th Rosemont, IL Quarterfinal (2) Illinois-Chicago L 87–77 Brian Hammel

Horizon League TournamentEdit

The Huskies have won the Horizon League Tournament once in 1996.

Year Seed Location Round Opponent Result NIU Head Coach
1995 7th Dayton, OH First Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
(10) Loyola
(2) Illinois-Chicago
(3) Green Bay
W 62–57
W 87–83
L 68–65
Brian Hammel
1996 3rd Dayton, OH Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Championship
(6) Milwaukee
(7) Illinois-Chicago
(5) Detroit
W 80–60
W 95–60
W 84–60
Brian Hammel
1997 6th Dayton, OH Quarterfinal (3) Illinois-Chicago L 76–65 Brian Hammel

PostseasonEdit

NCAA Tournament resultsEdit

The Huskies have appeared in the NCAA Tournament three times. Their overall record is 0–3.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1982 #12 Round of 48 #5 Kansas State L 77–68
1991 #13 Round of 64 #4 St. John's L 75–68
1996 #14 Round of 64 #3 Texas Tech L 74–73

NCAA Division II Tournament resultsEdit

The Huskies appeared in one NCAA Division II Tournament. Their record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1958 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Hope
St. Norbert
L 95–101
L 76–70

Vegas 16 resultsEdit

The Huskies appeared in one Vegas 16. Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2016 Quarterfinals UC Santa Barbara L 70–63

Coaching staffEdit

Mark Montgomery was announced as NIU head coach on March 23, 2011. Prior to joining the Huskies, Montgomery served as an assistant to head coach Tom Izzo at Michigan State for ten seasons, the last four as Associate Head Coach.[7][8]

  • Mark Montgomery – Head Coach
  • Jon Borovich – Associate Head Coach
  • TBA – Assistant Coach
  • TBA – Assistant Coach
  • Chad Pecka – Director of Player Development/Operations
  • Chris MacMartin – Graduate Assistant
  • TBA – Assistant Director of Basketball Operations

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NIU Athletic Marks Standards Guide" (PDF). 12 July 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  2. ^ Powers, Scott. "NIU hires Mich. St.'s Mark Montgomery". Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  3. ^ The First Century Northern Illinois Men's Basketball
  4. ^ Basketball-Reference.com
  5. ^ NIU Huskies Hall of Fame
  6. ^ 100 years of memories, basketball at NIU
  7. ^ New coach: NIU hoops a 'sleeping giant' – Chicago Colleges Blog – ESPN Chicago
  8. ^ NIU Men's Basketball Coaching Staff

External linksEdit