Let’s learn about Northwood!
1. Northwood University is a private university with multiple locations across the United States.
The school has three residential campuses: Midland, Michigan (opened in 1961); Cedar Hill, Texas (opened in 1966) and West Palm Beach, Florida (opened in 1984).
UK will play the Florida one tonight.
2. The school’s (again, the Florida one) mascot is a seahawk.
The other campuses have their own mascots too.
They cheer for the Timberwolves at Northwood (Michigan) and the Knights at Northwood (Texas).
3. Northwood earned the No. 1 ranking in the 2012-13 NAIA D-II Preseason Top 25 Poll.
Northwood holds the distinction by one vote (332-331) over second-ranked and defending national champion Oregon Tech. The Seahawks, who finished 34-4 last year with the final defeat coming in the national title game, gathered five first-place votes.
4. Head coach Rollie Massimino won the 1985 NCAA Championship in Rupp Arena with Villanova.
But you probably knew that already.
Coach Cal said Massimino called him up this summer and asked for an exhibition game because he hasn’t been back to Rupp since the ’85 Final Four when his eight-seeded Villanova team upset No. 1 Georgetown, 66-64 in the final game. That ‘Nova team remains the lowest-seeded team to win the NCAA Tournament.
5. Starting point guard Tyrone Davis is listed at 5’2”, 134 lbs.
I had to double-check that one.
6. The Seahawks compete in the Sun Conference.
The conference, formerly known as the Florida Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, features perennial powerhouses like Johnson & Wales, Ave Maria, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
7. Jose Jono Jumamoy is a former graduate.
He currently serves as the Municipal Mayor of Inabanga, Bohol, Philippines.
I’m really struggling here.
8. Masse Doumbe went for 20 points and 14 rebounds against Michigan State.
The skilled-power forward is probably too good to be playing at Northwood. If anyone is going to give UK fits, it’ll be Masse Doumbe.
9. Northwood has a campus in Louisville.
That explains why Northwood fell just short of the championship in 2012 and hasn’t sent any players to the NBA.
10. The Seahawks held a dunk contest at Hoops Mania!
See for yourself.
The dunk that won it is pretty spectacular.