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South Dakota St (2-2, 0-0 Summit) at Northern Illinois (2-1, 0-0 MAC)
7 PM CT • Northern Illinois trails 1-0
• NIU hosts its 20th home opener as a Division I NCAA basketball member with this game versus South Dakota State. Overall, the Huskies are 428-448 (.488) in Division I play. NIU is 34-21 all-time in home openers and has won five of the last six, including last season’s double-overtime thriller over Western Illinois, 91-84. Since opening the Convocation Center in the 2002-03 season, the Huskies are 8-2 in Convo home openers. The two teams have met just once, back on Dec. 4, 2005, as SDSU topped NIU 67-42 in DeKalb. The Huskies are coming off a solid 2-1 showing at the Preseason WNIT with back-to-back wins over Davidson and Morehead State. SDSU enters the contest following a 60-55 home win over Nebraska. The Jackrabbits’ other win came against Washington State in overtime, 65-56. Their losses have been to Villanova (71-47) and Creighton (63-54).