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Preview: Northern Illinois Huskies

In order to rise in MAC, Huskies need a player to shoulder the scoring load

Updated: October 3, 2013, 5:31 PM ET
By Jeff Haley | ESPN Insider

Northern Illinois Huskies

2012-13: 5-25 (3-13 MAC); lost to Eastern Michigan 45-44, MAC first round
In-conference offense: 0.84 points per possession (12th)
In-conference defense: 1.00 points allowed per possession (6th)

In January, Northern Illinois did something both shocking and remarkable. In the first half of a game against Eastern Michigan, the Huskies scored only four points, before falling 42-25. A game like this is bound to produce some unusual numbers, but consider this one in particular: NIU shot just 1-of-33 from 3-point range.

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