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NKU v WSU: Who will end on top?

Graphic with The Northerner logo, NKU Norse logo, The Wright State Guardian logo and Wright State athletics logo in all four corners.
Editor's Note: Made in conjunction with Wright State Campus Reporter, Makenzie Hoeferlin.
January 24, 2020
Wright State University (WSU) and Northern Kentucky University (NKU) hold the most intense rivalry in the Horizon League, starting in 2015 when NKU joined the league. NKU and WSU have fought back and forth for years, taking turns earning Horizon League titles and going to the NCAA championships. This intense, long-term rivalry began in July of 2015 when it was announced that NKU would be joining the Horizon League.

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Head Coach John Brannen goes over a play during a timeout in the game against Milwaukee.
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Jalen Tate (5) fights for a loose ball in the game against  Detroit.
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Carson Williams (23) blocks a Cleveland State player's shot.
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Carson Williams (23) watches for a rebound after a free throw in the game against Wright State.
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Lavone Holland II (30) fights toward the basket in the game against UIC.
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Lavone Holland II (30) fights toward the basket in the game against UIC.
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Lavone Holland dished out eight assists against IUPUI Thursday night.
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The NKU men's basketball team celebrates after winning the Horizon League championship.
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