Oct. 14, 2004

NORSE MEN PICKED THIRD IN GLVC POLL

NKU will open exhibition schedule Nov. 3 at UK

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team is picked third in the 2004-05 Great Lakes Valley Conference preseason poll, which was released Thursday.

The GLVC coaches selected defending NCAA Division II national runner-up University of Southern Indiana as the preseason favorite in the poll with 96 total points. The Screaming Eagles, who received six first-place votes, posted a 28-7 record last season and return two starters from that squad.

Kentucky Wesleyan College is picked second in the poll with 87 total points. The Panthers, however, have been barred from postseason play by the GLVC for the 2004-05 campaign and are not eligible for either the GLVC or NCAA Tournament this season.

NKU posted a 16-15 record last season, and the Norse finished 9-11 in the GLVC. NKU received 78 total points and a pair of first-place votes.

NKU returns leading scorer Mike Kelsey, who averaged 16.9 points per game last season. Kelsey made 83 of 202 three-point attempts last season, and he set an NKU single-game scoring record when he poured in 50 points against the University of Indianapolis.

NKU head coach Dave Bezold has also added center Tory Reed and guard Bryant Northern, a pair of transfers from Conference USA schools. Reed, a 6-foot-8 senior, averaged 3.6 points per game at Charlotte during the 2002-03 season. He scored 13 points against Cincinnati that season, and he added an 11-point, nine-rebound effort against Louisville in 2003.

Northern, a 6-1 senior guard, averaged 3.2 ppg at Louisville two years ago. He scored 18 points against Ohio State University that season and made 93.3 percent (14-for-15 shooting) of his free throws. As a sophomore at Louisville, Northern scored in double figures 10 times, including a career-high 25 points against Texas Christian University. In that game, Northern made six three-point shots.

NKU will open its exhibition schedule Nov. 3 against the University of Kentucky at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.


Great Lakes Valley Conference men’s preseason poll

1. Southern Indiana (6) .............96

2. *Kentucky Wesleyan (3) .........87

3. Northern Kentucky (2) ............78

4. SIU-Edwardsville .................74

5. Indianapolis..................70

6. Quincy ...............52

7. Saint Joseph's .......46

8. Lewis ................42

9. Missouri-St. Louis.........23

10. UW-Parkside.........21

11. Bellarmine .......19

* not eligible for GLVC title

Bryant Northern