Norse Travel To Murfreesboro, TN For Opener Vs MTSU
Coming off of their 4th NCAA Tournament Bid, the Norse look to play in the big dance back-to-back years for the first time in school history. (Won Conference in 2019, 2020 but no tourney due to Pandemic)
NKU returns their key three players in Sam Vinson, Marques Warrick and Tre Robinson while also scoring big in the transfer portal with players such as Cade Meyer from Wisconsin-Green Bay and Keegan Itejere from Marquette.
This is a very talented Norse roster, arguably the most talented in school history. A team who recognized their talent and made a highly competitive non-conference schedule to get ready for another run at the NCAA Tournament.
To start, NKU travels to face Middle Tennessee State University. The Blue Raiders are often a highly competitive team finishing last season fourth overall in Conference USA and a winner of 19 games. MTSU also has nine NCAA Tournament Bids and 12 Conference Titles in their school history.
Nick McDevitt's squad has quite a few players who have P5 D-1 experience including Jared Coleman-Jones (Northwestern), Josh Ogundele (Iowa), and Elias King (Mississippi State).
How to Watch: The game will be broadcast at 8:30 PM EST on ESPN+
MTSU Players to watch:
Camryn Weston 6'3 G: Weston is the Blue Raiders leading returning scorer for the season where he scored 10.6 PPG last season. Weston is a very physical down hill player who also as an impressive ability to rebound as a smaller guard.
Elias King 6'8 F: King usually came off the bench last season but also had a great season shooting 40% from deep on 4.2 attempts per game. Can King keep the continuing success with a continued uptick in minutes?
NKU Players to watch:
Cade Meyer 6'8 F: Meyer had a great first two seasons in the Horizon League as a career nearly 10 PPG 5 RPG player but also started every game his two years at W-GB. Meyer will provide much needed size for the Norse with the departure of Chris Brandon as well as a veteran who has over 60 games of NCAA experience.
Michael Bradley 6'0 G: Bradley looks to be the top ball-handler for the Norse this season after four seasons of playing in NCAA Division II. Last season Bradley posted career highs with 14.9 PPG, 4.2 APG and 3.8 RPG. Bradley was also 2022-23 All-PSAC first team.