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NKU national champs t-shirt created by Paula Hook, a member of Norse Nation.

NKU Men’s basketball 2020 National Champions

According to Norse Nation, that is.
Sierra Newton, Sports Editor March 23, 2020
This past weekend would have been NKU’s third showing in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Due to COVID-19, the Norse weren’t able to compete in the national tournament. A lot of teams didn’t even get to start their conference championships, speculation of NKU would play was still out. Villanova and Baylor were number two seeds that popped up the most as NKU’s contenders.
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

The tournament would’ve been NKU’s third time at March Madness in four years
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 wins the 2020 Horizon League Tournament, 71-62

“We want to advance.”
Sierra Newton, Sports Editor March 10, 2020
NKU defeated the UIC Flames 71-62 in the 2020 Horizon League Championship game Tuesday night. The Norse will go onto their third NCCA Tournament appearance in NKU’s Division I history.
Dantez Walton (32) goes up for a lay up during the Semi-Final game of the Horizon League Tournament against Green Bay. The Norse defeated Green Bay 80-69 and move on the face UIC in the final round of the Horizon League Tournament.

NKU men’s basketball team advances to Horizon League Finals

Sierra Newton, Sports Editor March 10, 2020
NKU men's basketball team survived and advances to the final round of the Horizon League tournament after defeating the Green Bay Phoenix 80-69. NKU took dominated the last five minutes of the game propelling them into their 11 point win. Redshirt junior guard Jalen Tate scored 23 points, shooting 10-of-15 from the free throw line.

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.
Bryson Langdon (5) reacts following the loss to UIC. The Norse fell to UIC 73-43 and shot 22.0% from the field and 12.5% from three on the game.

NKU ends four game home stand in 30 point loss

Matthew Dietz, Contributor February 16, 2020
The Northern Kentucky Norse men’s basketball team was out-hustled and out-played on Sunday afternoon, as the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames came into BB&T Arena and handed the Norse a crushing 73-43 defeat.
Men's Basketball Head Coach Darrin Horn talks to players during a timeout during the homecoming game against Detroit Mercy.  The Norse defeated Detroit 84-65 on Saturday night.

Homecoming Clash ends with a 19 point win for NKU

Kyle Wade, Copy Editor February 9, 2020
The Norse pulled the curtains on homecoming week with a victory over the Detroit Mercy Titans at the BB&T Arena Saturday night in front of a crowd of 6,231, including 1,173 students.  The 17-7 homecoming-Norse came out victorious with their fourth straight win with a final score of 84-65 over the 6-18 Titans. NKU remains second in conference trailing Wright State after a 9-1 run in their last 10 games.
Cole Murray being honored at Delphi High school.

NKU men’s basketball Alum, Cole Murray has high school jersey retired

Sierra Newton, Sports Editor February 5, 2020
Cole Murray, a 2017 graduate and men’s basketball star, had his jersey retired by his high school on Jan. 25. Murray was instrumental in NKU’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament and graduated with 259 career 3-pointers and scored a total of 930 points. 
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant walks off the court after finishing his last NBA basketball game before retirement in Los Angeles on April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Kobe: NKU appreciates the life of an NBA Legend

Sierra Newton, Sports Editor January 29, 2020
Sunday morning, NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13 year-old daughter Gianna “Gigi” Maria-Onore Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with seven others. TMZ was the first to break the story of Kobe Bryant being involved in the helicopter crash.
WSU remains top of the Horizon League with 95-63 win over NKU

WSU remains top of the Horizon League with 95-63 win over NKU

Sierra Newton, Sports Editor January 25, 2020
Friday nights match up at Nutter Center ended in the Wright State Raiders favor with a whopping 32 point win. NKU now falls to 14-7 on the season and 6-3 in the conference. Wright State advances to 18-4 overall and 8-1 in the Horizon League, only falling to UIC 76-72.
Bryson Langdon (5) watches the clock during the gfame against Cleveland State.  Langdon shot 0-of-8 from the field and had 7 points on the game.

Norse defeat Cleveland State to create 5-game winning streak

Ty DeBonis, Staff Reporter January 20, 2020
The Northern Kentucky men’s basketball team captured their second win in three days Saturday night against the Cleveland State Vikings. The win marks five straight conference wins for the Black and Gold.
Tyler Sharpe (15) smiles while walking off the court after the win against Youngstown State. Sharpe surpassed his 1000th career point and had 33 points on the game.

Sharpe has a night: 1,000 career points and ties career high with 33

The Norse put Youngstown State Penguins on ice in 25 point win.
Sierra Newton, Sports Editor January 16, 2020
Tyler Sharpe scored his 1,000th career point in NKU victory
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