With a score that seemed straight out of the pre-shot clock era, Eastern Michigan went into the locker room against Northern Illinois with a 18-4 lead.
As far as I can tell, Northern Illinois’ four points ties the modern (post-shot clock inception) NCAA mark for fewest in a half. The record was previously set, according to a Yahoo Sports article, in 2008 when Kansas State jumped out to a 48-4 lead over Savannah State.
Some combination of horrible offense by Northern Illinois and good defensive play by Eastern Michigan held the Huskies to just 1-31 shooting from the floor — including 0-17 from three point range. Not helping matters was a 2-5 mark from the charity stripe. In college basketball, teams (on average) score about one point per possession. Northern Illinois managed fewer than 0.2 points per possession in the first half today.
Northern Illinois is a downright terrible basketball team. According to the Massey Ratings, they’re the 283rd best team in Division I. To put a more local spin on that (naming a few lower division Michigan schools), those same ratings say they’re worse than Division II’s Wayne State, Grand Valley State, and Michigan Tech, and only marginally better than Hillsdale, Lake Superior State, Ferris State, and Division III Calvin.
The Eagles weren’t offensive stalwarts themselves, but went on to win by a rather comfortable final score of 42-25