This would've been the goofiest Red Line Upset. NIU, they of one Division 1 victory, had a legitimate chance of taking a win against Big East cellar dweller DePaul, although they're actualy on a nice winning streak, improving to 8-3 with this win. NIU out-hustled them on the boards, winning the rebounding margin 33-23 and 14-4 offensively. But DePaul had to make free throws down the stretch and they did, to the beat of 21-for-25.
Could this game be a springboard into staying in games late against better competition? We'll have to see as NIU takes a west coast trip, starting with a Wednesday night date at Seattle.