NKU Basketball to Host NCAA Tournament Darlings UMBC
Northern Kentucky men's basketball will host Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) when the new season gets underway in November.
UMBC made history in the 2018 NCAA Tournament when it became the first #16 seed to topped a #1 seed in the opening round. The Retrievers upset top-seeded Virginia, 74 to 54. The Retrievers lost in the second round, 50 to 43, to Kansas State.
They'll visit Highland Heights to take on the Norse on November 30.
The two teams played last season in a game won by UMBC, 76 to 75.
NKU also hosts Northern Illinois as part of a home-and-home series during the 2018-19 slate. The Norse host the Huskies on Thursday, Dec. 20, after traveling to DeKalb, Illinois, on Nov. 9. NIU was 13-19 overall last season and went 6-12 in the MAC.
Northern Kentucky plays at Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 8.
The Norse continue to establish new heights in the Division I era. Following 2017’s Horizon League Tournament Championship and subsequent NCAA Tournament appearance, Northern Kentucky won the Horizon League regular-season title and participated in the NIT last year, making NKU the only program in DI history to win both a league regular-season and tournament title and appear in the NCAA tournament and NIT in its first two years with active status.
Two-time first team all-Horizon League performer McDonald returns to lead the Norse. He averaged 17.0 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. He is joined by Jalen Tate, who earned both all-defensive and all-freshman team honors by the Horizon League last year.
Additional nonconference games, both home and away, will be announced at a later date.
Photo: Drew McDonald (provided)