Norse Look to Secure Horizon League Title as Season Winds Down
Northern Kentucky men's basketball team will play its final two regular season home games this week, in the friendly confines of BB&T Arena in Highland Heights.
The Norse (20-7 overall, 10-4 in the Horizon League) have won nineteen consecutive games at home.
On Thursday night, NKU takes on Youngstown State (12-16, 8-7) at 7 p.m., and then closes out the regular season on Saturday, senior night, against Cleveland State (3-12, 8-20), who shocked the Norse in last year's Horizon League tournament.
NKU is tied for first place in the Horizon League standings with rival Wright State (16-11, 10-4). The Raiders are riding a four-game winning streak, including a win over NKU last Friday night. Wright State and Northern Kentucky face the same four opponents in the final four games of the regular season, which for the Raiders include a home stand against Youngstown State and Cleveland State before a two-game road swing against Green Bay (14-13, 8-6) and Milwaukee (9-18, 4-10).
After NKU hosts Cleveland State and Youngstown State, the Norse hit the road to Milwaukee and then Green Bay to close out the regular season.
The outcome of these games will determine the Horizon League's regular season champion.
NKU has the conference's best record and has won 20 games in a season for the third straight year.
The Norse's 19-game winning streak at home is the sixth-longest in the nation.
Senior Drew McDonald, a graduate of Newport Central Catholic, will look to score his 2,000th career point for NKU. He currently has 1,949 points over his four years, ranking him number three all-time. NKU's career leader is Craig Sanders (1998-2002) with 2,007 points. McDonald leads the team in scoring this season, averaging 19.2 points per game.
Photo: Drew McDonald (file)