Northern Kentucky University made the switch to Division I in athletics just a few short years ago. This year is the first year that they are eligible to make the NCAA Tournament, and the Norse are knocking on the door of doing just that. NKU had a really solid regular season under head coach John Brannen, earning a 21-10 record on the year. The Norse went 12-6 in Horizon League play, which earned them the 4 seed in their conference tournament.
The Horizon League tournament started this weekend and the top 2 seeds, Oakland and Valparaiso both fell in the first round to Youngstown State and Milwaukee respectfully. That puts the Norse as the odds-on favorite to win the Horizon League tournament, alongside the 3 seed Green Bay. NKU split the season series with Green Bay, with a 69-67 win and an 80-71 loss.
The Norse take on the Raiders of Wright State later tonight at 7:30pm in Detroit on ESPN3. Take a look at the Horizon League tournament bracket below:
Growing up a short 15 minute drive from the Northern Kentucky University campus, I think it is so awesome to see the Norse competing for a spot in the big dance. A cousin of mine, Scott Bibbins, was a three-year starter at NKU, so I was able to go watch them play a lot in the late 2000s. Would love to see the Norse get a shot in the tourney this year.
Also, add another Kentucky school to the lists of small teams that could possibly pull off big upsets in the NCAA tournament. Having more than just Kentucky and Louisville in the tournament every year would be a cool thing for all people in the state of Kentucky.
#3 seed Green Bay just lost in their first game of the tournament as well. NKU is now the highest seed left in the tournament. Tune in to your WatchESPN apps at 7:30 and catch the game.