Thursday, March 5, 2015

Farewell to the Norse

We didn't give enough coverage to the newest Kentucky college basketball team in Division I, the Northern Kentucky Norse.  NKU was the National Runner-Up in D-II in both 1996 and 1997, but since 2013 the Norse have been in D-I.  They compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference.  Here's what they've done so far:

2013:  11-16 overall, 9-9 in conference, 238th in Ken Pom.
2014:  9-21 overall, 5-13 in conference, 311th in Ken Pom.
2015:  13-17 overall, 7-7 in conference, 236th in Ken Pom.

The best win of the year for the Norse was a 83-60 win at Morehead State.  They finished in a tie for fourth in the A-Sun with David Lipscomb University, and Lipscomb beat them 76-73 (in overtime) in the A-Sun quarter-finals.  It was their first-ever post-season game as a D-I school.  We wish NKU better luck next year, but we are pleased to see that they are already better than over 100 teams in Division I.

For reasons that I don't fully understand, the Norse are still not eligible for the NCAA Tournament, but at least they got to play for the A-Sun title.  And that's a big deal, as you can see in this story from  Meanwhile, the Commonwealth's six other D-I teams -- UK, U of L, WKU, Murray, EKU, and Morehead -- are still dancing.

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