The Stetson men's basketball team (7-10, 4-2) returns home on Thursday, looking to extend its three-game win streak against Northern Kentucky (4-9, 2-3). The Hatters and the Norse will square off at 7:00 p.m. at the Edmunds Center in the first ever meeting between the two teams.
The three straight victories for the Hatters mark the longest streak of the season for Stetson, and the first three-game win streak in a season since 2008-09. The team has also won three road games in a row with victories over Kennesaw State, ETSU, and most recently USC Upstate. That feat hasn't been achieved since 2005-06.
"We're excited about what we accomplished on the road," Stetson head coach Casey Alexander said on Wednesday. "It's hard to walk away with a sweep from those two places. Not many teams will do it, so we did ourselves a favor there. I think it gives us a lot of confidence. It helps us keep momentum. Now the important thing is to capitalize on it, playing home games."
The first of two home contests this weekend will bring first-year Atlantic Sun Conference member Northern Kentucky to the Edmunds Center for a 7:00 p.m. contest on ASun.TV and HatterVision. The Norse, in their first year of NCAA Division I play after moving up from the Division II ranks, are 4-9 on the season, but 2-3 in A-Sun action.
"They've had a chance to win every conference game they've played," Alexander said of NKU. "Every game, they've had a chance to win in the last minute. They're a team that is unconventional as far as how we're going to have to guard them. [They use] a five out motion with guys who really play well together. They share the ball well, play hard, and so it will be a real test for us defensively. That will largely determine how we play in the game."
With a rich tradition that saw the Norse reach 13 NCAA Division II Tournaments, NKU has battled through 10 straight road games to start the season, before playing its last three at home. The Norse are averaging only 56.1 points per game, but are holding their opponents to just 59.7 points per contest and an A-Sun best 53.4 points in league play.
The game will be featured on HatterVision and ASun.TV with Robbie Aaron and Ryan Rouse on the call. WSBB 1230 AM, 1490 AM, and www.MyAM1230.com will also feature live audio of the game. Live Stats, the @StetsonMBB Twitter feed, and Hat-Alerts are also available for in-game updates.