Even after an offensive explosion in the second half, the Northern Illinois Huskies fell to Eastern Michigan 42-25 on Saturday afternoon in Ypsilanti, Mich.
The Huskies scored over 400 percent more points in the second half than they did in the first.
ESPN Stats & Info shared this tidbit about the Huskies' unprecedented first-half futility:
Northern Illinois scored 4 points in 1st half, shot-clock era record. Previous low was 5 points by ... Northern Illinois earlier this season— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 26, 2013
And, to think, people said the Huskies' record of five first-half points couldn't be broken.
The Huskies chucked the ball up, sideways and every direction that was not on target, with 31 shot attempts in the first half. They made only one basket; the second shot of the game.
While NIU wildly improved in the second, the team was still terrible. In fact, were it not for a clutch late three, this game would be even more infamous for the Huskies.
ESPN tweeted why:
Northern Illinois nails a 3-pt FG, will avoid record for most attempts without make (24) and fewest points in shot-clock era game (20).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 26, 2013
But while the Huskies missed out on the glory of holding the fewest total points for a game in the shot-clock era, they still have their names firmly in the record books with this stat, as ESPN highlights:
Northern Illinois did end up with a D-I record, shooting 13.1% (8-61) from floor; previous record 13.3% (8-60) by Miami (OH) in 2001.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 26, 2013
The Huskies' shooting woes for this game were a touch excessive, but not wholly unfamiliar. They have struggled from the field all year.
However, WagerMinds provided this nugget on how above and beyond the team's futility went in this game:
Northern Illinois was shooting 29% from 3 point range this year. Today, they missed 32 in a row. The odds of that: ~60,000 to 1.— WagerMinds (@WagerMinds) January 26, 2013
This terrible performance was so impressive, that this hash tag, appropriately used by NotBillWalton, was trending on Twitter:
#ThingsThatScoreMoreThanNIU Pau Gasol in Mike D'Antoni's system— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) January 26, 2013
With this loss, the Huskies fell to 4-14 on the season, and the future looks mighty bleak for this team. In fact, it is hard not to agree with this tweet by Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock:
I don't know who the Northern Illinois basketball coach is (and I haven't seen NIU play all season) but he needs to be fired.— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) January 26, 2013
Seriously, I think if my game plan was to bring the ball up to half court and chuck it at the hoop, I could coach the Huskies to more than four first-half points.
At least NIU still has football, where the gridiron team has a potent offense.
Deadspin's Timothy Burke tweeted:
By my count NIU football outscored its basketball team six times this season.— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 26, 2013
There is also this, which ESPN pointed out:
Northern Illinois basketball has 2 halves this season with 5 or fewer points; NIU football only had 1 such half (1st half of Orange Bowl).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 26, 2013
Unfortunately for Huskies fans, football season is a long way away. If the basketball team can't provide points, at least it's entertaining.