Men’s basketball: Picked last in the MAC, NIU made the conference tourney. Here’s how the Huskies did it

Northern Illinois Huskies guard Kaleb Thornton gets around Buffalo Bulls guard Kidtrell Blocker Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023, during their conference matchup at the Convocation Center at NIU.

Adversity is part of the game. It’s life. No one is going to give you an asterisk because Keshawn is out. They’re not going to play any less. They are going to try to knock your head off. So you have to go out and fight and go out and perform.

—  NIU coach Rashon Burno