MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan men’s basketball team has nine wins this season with one more game to play.
The Wildcats won just five games in head coach Bill Sall’s first year at the helm. With a primarily young team that features just three seniors, the growing pains did show at times.
With a conference record of 7-14, the men’s basketball team won’t play in the GLIAC Tournament this year, but there’s plenty of things to be positive about going forward with this team.
“Unfortunately it comes down to wins and losses,” said Sall. “Overall I’m very happy with where we’re at and where the program is starting to go in the right direction.”
NMU can double its win total with a victory against rival Michigan Tech. Back on Feb. 3, the Wildcats went to Houghton and beat the Huskies.
“If we were to look at all of the games we played so far this year, as far as our guys really buying in mentally on what we needed to do to as far as the game plan and going and playing for each other, I thought they did both of those things extremely well in that game,” Sall said. “We made a lot of shots, but they were good shots. To have that same type of level of focus and concentration will be huge going into this game.”
Thursday’s game between the Wildcats and Huskies has tip–off set for 7:30 p.m at the Berry Events Center.