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NKU Sets Record for Season Tickets; ESPN to Broadcast 3 Games

Northern Kentucky University men's basketball set a record for the number of season tickets sold this season, with 1,341 purchased.

Last year's sales set the previous record at 1,322.

The number for this season could still grow ahead of the season tip-off on November 10.

The past three seasons have seen much success for NKU basketball with two trips to the NCAA Tournament, one to the NIT, and two Horizon League tournament and regular-season titles each.

NKU is 41-5 at BB&T Arena in Highland Heights over that span.

New head coach Darrin Horn takes over for the Norse this season following the departure of John Brannen, who is now coach at Cincinnati.

Season tickets are still on sale and cost around $11 per game with a variety of packages available.

Tyler Sharpe, Jalen Tate, Dantez Walton and Trevon Faulkner return to lead the Norse this year, with all four playing starting roles last season. 

Meanwhile, ESPN will air three Northern Kentucky men’s basketball games this season on its family of linear networks. An additional ESPN-broadcast game that features the Norse may also be in the cards, as the contest has been identified as a potential wildcard game.

Northern Kentucky’s matchup against UIC in Chicago is set to run on ESPN2. That contest will be held Friday, Jan. 10, in the Flames’ Credit Union 1 Arena.

Two weeks later, NKU’s rivalry game at Wright State airs on ESPNU. The Jan. 24 contest is being held at the Raiders’ Nutter Center.

Norse fans may not have to wait all that long to catch Northern Kentucky back in action on one of the ESPN networks. ESPN will select between either NKU’s game at Green Bay or Oakland at Detroit on Friday, Jan. 31, as part of the network’s wildcard contest. Final selections will occur no less than two weeks prior to the game.

-Staff report