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NKU v WSU: Who will end on top?

Editor's Note: Made in conjunction with Wright State Campus Reporter, Makenzie Hoeferlin.
Sierra Newton and 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.
Carson Williams (23) watches on during the game against Wright State.

With Williams transfer, where do the Norse go from here?

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor March 28, 2018

When NKU takes the court next fall, they’ll do so without senior starters Jordan Garnett and Lavone Holland II. More unexpected is the release of sophomore forward Carson Williams. Williams was granted...

Carson Williams (23) goes up for a shot during the game against Youngstown State.

Norse take first place in the Horizon League with victory over UIC

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor February 23, 2018

The NKU men's basketball team defeated UIC 79-72 Friday night in Chicago. The Norse now hold first place in the Horizon League with a 14-3 conference record while UIC sits in third place with a 12-5...

Head Coach John Brannen goes over a play during a timeout in the game against Milwaukee.

#NorseNotebook Why Friday’s game is more than just for first place

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor February 13, 2018

While the NKU men’s basketball team came up with two victories during homecoming week, those wins did not come easy. The Norse fell into Milwaukee’s hands Thursday night, playing half court basketball...

Jalen Tate (5) fights for a loose ball in the game against  Detroit.

GALLERY: Norse recover after Oakland loss; crush Detroit Mercy

Lilly Brown, Contributor January 29, 2018

Northern Kentucky men’s basketball team defeated Detroit Mercy 72-44 Sunday afternoon in BB&T Arena. The win pushes NKU’s record to 15-7 with a conference record of 8-2. They are currently...

Carson Williams (23) blocks a Cleveland State player's shot.

Gallery: Norse get back on track with victory over Cleveland State

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor January 15, 2018

The Northern Kentucky men's basketball team defeated Cleveland State 70-55 Monday night in BB&T Arena. The Norse improve to 12-6 on the season and 5-1 in Horizon League play while Cleveland State...

Carson Williams (23) watches for a rebound after a free throw in the game against Wright State.

Norse Notebook: Brannen looking for ways to improve against size

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor January 15, 2018

If the Norse have suffered one weakness this season, it is that they struggle against size inside. This was exposed against Wright State, who collected four blocks in Thursday’s game. “Size has...

Lavone Holland II (30) fights toward the basket in the game against UIC.

Holland scores 1,000th career point in win over Oakland

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor January 6, 2018

The NKU men's basketball team defeated the Oakland Grizzlies 87-83 in Oakland Friday night. The Norse move to 3-0 in Horizon League play while the Grizzlies fall to 1-2 in Horizon League play. Lavone...

Lavone Holland II (30) fights toward the basket in the game against UIC.

Preview: NKU takes on Oakland on ESPN2

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor January 5, 2018

It's a big night for NKU men's basketball, as The Norse will take on Oakland on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. on the road. Oakland and NKU were co-favorites to win the Horizon League this season. Oakland is 9-6 on...

Lavone Holland dished out eight assists against IUPUI Thursday night.

Three Norse score double figures in loss to Aggies

Kevin Carey , Reporter December 20, 2017

The NKU men’s basketball team suffered their fifth loss of the season to No. 8 Texas A&M at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas 64-58. The Norse finish non-conference play sitting at 7-5. Junior...

NKU's Carson Williams backs down a Berea defender on Wednesday night at BB&T Arena.

Norse crush Berea 112-33

Austin Elmore, Contributor November 29, 2017

The NKU men’s basketball team defeated Division III opponent Berea College 112-33 on Wednesday night at BB&T Arena. After two straight road losses, the win brings the Norse to 5-2 on the season....

The NKU men's basketball team celebrates after winning the Horizon League championship.

Preview: Expectations high for reigning Horizon League champions

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor November 9, 2017

When Newport Central Catholic graduate Drew McDonald committed to NKU to play basketball, he dreamed of making the Norse a competitive Division I program. What he didn’t anticipate, however, was standing...

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