Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team
will play an exhibition against Xavier this Saturday at 7 p.m. at
the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The game will
be broadcast live on WIOK (107.5 FM) and can also be heard on the
Internet at athletics.nku.edu.
the 2005-06 campaign without any returning starters from last season’s
14-15 squad. The Norse must replace leading scorer Mike Kelsey,
who averaged 16 points per game last season. Kelsey also finished
his career No. 7 on the NKU all-time scoring list with 1,595 career
back five letterwinners from last season, including 6-foot-4 junior
forward Kevin Reinhardt (8.4 ppg). Reinhardt appeared in all 29
games last season and shot 55.7 percent from the field.
SERIES: Xavier owns a 3-2 lead in the all-time series with
NKU. The Norse, however, have won the past two games with the Musketeers.
The two schools
have not met since Jan. 6, 1979, when Tom Schneider came off the
bench and scored 25 points as NKU stunned Xavier, 63-61, in overtime
at Schmidt Fieldhouse.
season, NKU upset the Musketeers, 59-58, as Mike Hofmeyer tipped
in a shot at the buzzer to give the Norse the win.
TIES: Xavier junior forward Justin Doellman is the son
of former NKU basketball standout Dan Doellman, who played for the
Norse from 1975-79. Dan Doellman averaged 18.6 points per game during
his career at NKU and finished with 1,920 career points. He also
led NKU to the 1978 NCAA Division II Tournament.
The elder Doellman
was also a charter member of the NKU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997.
MISS: NKU advanced to the championship game of the Great
Lakes Valley Conference Tournament last season before losing to
Southern Indiana, 79-49, in the finals. The Norse upset third-seeded
Indianapolis and second-seeded Southern Illinois at Edwardsville
to reach the championship game of the GLVC Tournament.
GLVC: The GLVC has added three schools from the state of
Missouri - Rockhurst, Drury and Missouri-Rolla - for the 2005-06
season. The 14-team GLVC is now split into two divisions, the East
NKU is in the
GLVC East along with Indianapolis, Saint Joseph’s, Lewis,
Wisconsin-Parkside, Bellarmine and Kentucky Wesleyan. The
GLVC West features Southern Indiana, SIUE, Missouri-St. Louis, Quincy,
Rockhurst, Drury and Missouri-Rolla.
PICKED SECOND IN GLVC: NKU is picked to finish second in
the GLVC East in the 2005-06 preseason poll. Saint Joseph’s
is the preseason favorite in the GLVC East. The Pumas received six
first-place votes and 36 total points.
one first-place vote and 26 total points. Kentucky Wesleyan (25
points), Bellarmine (21 points) and Wisconsin-Parkside (16 points)
round out the top five in the GLVC East.
is picked to win the GLVC West, while Southern Illinois at Edwardsville
is second in that poll. The top three teams from each of the divisional
standings and two wild card teams will qualify for the GLVC Tournament
IMPACT: Three transfers - center Gavin Ludgood, guard Aaron
Smith and forward Vincent Humphrey - figure to make immediate impacts
for NKU this season. Ludgood, a 6-8, 235-pound transfer from Division
I Florida Atlantic and former prep standout in Arkansas, should
give NKU a powerful presence in the post.
Smith, a 6-3
guard, is a long-range shooting specialist who averaged 14 ppg in
junior college last season. He is expected to help replace Kelsey’s
scoring in the backcourt. Humphrey, a 6-4 wing player who spent
last season at Division I Valparaiso, is a versatile performer who
CONNECTION: Kevin Schappell (Loveland), Mark Hawkins (Finneytown),
Mike Kimmey (Sycamore) and Billy Finnell (Purcell Marian) all played
their high school basketball in Cincinnati.
one of the top scorers in the area and earned All-Fort Ancient Valley
Conference honors for the Tigers. Hawkins finished his career as
Finneytown’s all-time leading scorer (1,435 points) and averaged
20.2 ppg as a senior.
21.0 ppg as a senior last season at Sycamore and is a threat from
long range. Finnell averaged 16 ppg as a senior at Purcell Marian
and was named the Greater Catholic League Player of the Year.
EXHIBITIONS AGAINST DIVISION I OPPONENTS: NKU is 0-6 against
Division I opponents since 2001. The Norse are 0-4 against Cincinnati,
0-1 against Kentucky and 0-1 against Ohio State. Last season, NKU
lost exhibition games at Kentucky (91-73), Cincinnati (103-64) and
Ohio State (77-67).
NEXT FOR NKU: The Norse will make a second trip across
the Ohio River on Nov. 12 for a 7 p.m. exhibition game against Cincinnati
at the Fifth Third Arena.
OPEN REGULAR SEASON AGAINST FINDLAY: NKU begins the regular
season at 7:45 p.m. Nov. 18 against Findlay in the John L. Griffin/Lions
Club Classic in Regents Hall. Findlay is ranked sixth nationally
in the Division II Bulletin preseason poll, and the Oilers advanced
to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight. Findlay posted a 30-4 record
NKU will meet
Saginaw Valley State at 7:45 p.m. Nov. 19 in the final game of the
John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic. The Norse will also play host
to Grand Valley State on Thanksgiving Eve (Nov. 23) at 6:30 p.m.
in Regents Hall.
Lakes Valley Conference
2005-06 men’s basketball preseason poll
1. Saint Joseph’s (6) 36
2. Northern Kentucky (1) 26
3. Kentucky Wesleyan 25
4. Bellarmine 21
5. UW-Parkside 16
6. Indianapolis 15
7. Lewis 8
1. Southern Indiana (4) 34
2. SIU-Edwardsville (1) 30
3. Quincy (1) 26
4. Drury (1) 23
5. Missouri-St. Louis 14
6. Missouri-Rolla 11
7. Rockhurst 9