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Kansas players celebrate after a college basketball game against North Carolina in the finals of the Mens Final Four NCAA tournament, Monday, April 4, 2022, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Reflecting on a March Madness for the ages

Brendan Connelly, Assistant Sports Editor April 5, 2022

Kevin Harlan said it best at the outset of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.  “Welcome to the Big Dance. This tournament is so. Much. Fun.”  Boy was it ever. It’s been three years since college basketball...

Virginia Tech celebrates after winning the NCAA college basketball championship game against Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference mens tournament, Saturday, March 12, 2022, in New York. Virginia Tech won, 82-67. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

2022 NCAA Tournament Preview

Brendan Connelly, Assistant Sports Editor March 14, 2022

For the first time in three years, a sense of normalcy returns to the NCAA Tournament. First weekend games in eight different cities, stadiums full of fans, and a Final Four in New Orleans for the first...

Miranda Wucherer (5) is an NKU senior volleyball player and compliance department assistant at NKU.

NCAA’s new NIL bylaws benefitting NKU student athletes

Blake Lehmann, Reporter November 20, 2021

One of the most controversial subject matters around college sports has always been the matter of the amateur status of the athletes and the possibility of “pay-for-play” programs to give them their...

BB&T Arena, home of the NKU Norse basketball.

NCAA extends eligibility for student athletes in winter sports

Matthew Dietz, Sports Editor October 15, 2020

On Wednesday, the NCAA Division I Council decided to extend the eligibility of all winter sport student-athletes, allowing all players who compete in a winter sport during the 2020-21 season to receive...

Jalen Tate (11) argues with a referee about a call during the final game of the Horizon League Tournament against UIC. The Norse defeated UIC 71-62 and have now secured a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Norse take off their dancing shoes as NCAA tournament canceled nationwide

Kane Mitten, Arts & Life Editor March 12, 2020

The NCAA cancelled the men’s and women’s Division I basketball championships on Thursday afternoon, as well as all remaining winter and spring championship events.  The decision comes after the...

NKU men’s basketball ends regular season second in the Horizon League, 64-62

Matthew Dietz, Contributor February 29, 2020
The Wright State Raiders men’s basketball team defeated the Northern Kentucky Norse 64-62 on Friday night, writing another chapter in what has become a storied rivalry in the Horizon League.  With the victory, Wright State has clinched the regular-season championship in the Horizon League standings, earning the number-one seed in the Horizon League Tournament.
Dantez Walton (32) shoots during the final game of the Horizon League Tournament against Wright State. Walton shot 5-of-11 on the night and had 15 points.

Big changes are coming to 2019-20 Basketball Season

Sierra Newton, Sports Editor November 6, 2019
The NKU Men’s basketball team not only has a new look to them this upcoming season, but new rules, according to NCAA.
NKU players reacts after a score by the Norse  during the game against UC Clermont. The Norse defeated UC Clermont 55-105.

Post-McDonald Era: Pressure is off, opportunity to build

Sierra Newton, Sports Editor November 6, 2019
The past three years for NKU men’s basketball program have been history-making, with two trips to the NCAA tournament (2017, 2019) and one trip to the NIT (2018). The Norse are focused on improving from those seasons with new coaching staff, a new style of play and four players returning out of last season’s starting five. 
Women’s Volleyball: NKU loses 5 setter to Oakland

Women’s Volleyball: NKU loses 5 setter to Oakland

Elizabeth Glancy, Contributor October 10, 2019
NKU volleyball falls 2-3 (22-25, 28-26, 25-20, 18-25, 15-13) against the Oakland Grizzlies on Wednesday just after being ranked 44th on the NCAA Ratings Percentage Index—The highest ranking in school history as well as highest in the Horizon League. The Norse drop to 10-7 overall and 3-2 in the Horizon League. They finished with 69 kills, 117 digs and hit .194%.
NKU players hold the sign showing their inclusion in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. NKU defeated Wright State during the final round of the Horizon League Tournament 77-66.

March Madness: Questions you’re too scared to ask your hoops fan friends

Sam Rosenstiel, Editor-in-Chief March 19, 2019

Wait—why is the basketball team going dancing? Who says Northern Kentucky is in the “West”? Are we really playing in Oklahoma? NKU is set for its second March Madness in three seasons this Friday,...

Drew McDonald (34) goes up for a shot during the game against Louisville, March 13 2018.

Norse to take on Bearcats as game attendance soars

Mike Canizales, Sports Editor August 17, 2018
Norse men's basketball will start a four-game home-and-home series with the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, beginning in the 2018-19 season.
Drew McDonald (34) claps after a score by NKU.

Norse escape Detroit thanks to last second basket

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor January 7, 2018
A Lavone Holland two-point jumper lifted the Northern Kentucky men's basketball team over Detroit Mercy 56-54 on the road Sunday afternoon.
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