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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.

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.

Norse basketball’s Holland joins pro league in Netherlands

Lavone Holland II (30) reacts to a call during the game against Louisville.

Mike Canizales, Sports Editor

August 27, 2018

Former NKU men's basketball star and Horizon League Tournament MVP 2017 Lavone Holland II has signed his first professional contract to play overseas with the Den Helder Suns in the Netherlands.

Like mother, like son; Drew McDonald joins mother Christie in NKU history books

Drew McDonald (34) hugs his mother before the net cutting in BB&T Arena after securing 1st place in Horizon League.

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor

March 13, 2018

During most NKU men’s basketball games, Christie McDonald sits in the stands as if she is a coach; her expression is stern, not wanting her son, Drew, to be able to read what she is thinking during a game. After the game is a different story, according to Drew. “It’s good game and then i...

Norse players honored in Horizon League voting

Jalen Tate (5) celebrates a basket by the Norse during the game against Green Bay.

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor

February 28, 2018

The Horizon League announced the 2018 All-League honorees and season awards for both men’s and women’s basketball on Wednesday. NKU’s Drew McDonald was named to the First Team All-Horizon League but fell short in the voting for Player of the Year, which went to Oakland’s Kendrick Nunn. It is...

Norse earn victory over Youngstown State on senior night

Lavone Holland II (30) shakes hands with Head Coach John Brannen on senior night before the game against Youngstown State.

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor

February 20, 2018

There were plenty of emotions in BB&T Arena Monday night, as NKU honored their three seniors Lavone Holland II, Jordan Garnett and Nick Ayers. The crowd was loud as each player received their framed jersey and shook hands with head coach John Brannen. For Holland though, he wishes those emoti...

Norse extend road win streak against Cleveland State

Carson Williams (23) goes up for a shot in the game against Detroit.

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor

February 4, 2018

The Northern Kentucky University men's basketball remains undefeated on the road in Horizon League play, defeating Cleveland State 78-61. The Norse are now 10-2 in conference play and are tied for first place with Wright State, who defeated Youngstown State on Saturday. The Vikings fall to 3-9 in...

Preview: Expectations high for reigning Horizon League champions

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

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 on the court of the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit celebrating a Horizon League championship in j...

Norse fall to league-leading Valparaiso

Drew McDonald (34), Carson Williams (23), Jeff Garrett (4), and Cole Murray (25) walk on to the court after a timeout.

Austin Elmore, Assistant Sports Editor

January 30, 2017

The NKU men’s basketball team lost to Horizon League leading Valparaiso on 65-58 on Sunday. The Norse pulled to within two points late in the game, but the Crusaders held off the Norse for their 18th win of the season. NKU now sits at 14-9, and 5-5 in Horizon League play. Lavone Holland II led the N...

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