Offense is down across college basketball. In the Mid-American Conference, it’s out cold.
Northern Illinois yielded the single worst offensive performance in Division-1 history on Saturday during the team’s 42-25 loss to Eastern Michigan. The Huskies bumbled through 37 minutes of lifeless ineptitude, setting several ignominious records along the way, before coming alive in the game’s final three.
So what are the ingredients for the worst aggregate offensive performance ever? Here’s a peek at NIU’s killer recipe, plus some additional spices that spruce up the plate even more:
- Northern Illinois scored four first-half points, the lowest first-half total in the shot clock era.
- Northern Illinois broke the aforesaid record previously set by none other than Northern Illinois itself earlier this season (Dec. 1 vs. Dayton).
- The Huskies were stuck at 13 points at the 3:21 mark…of the second half. That’s 13 points in nearly 37 minutes, a paltry average of about one point per three minutes played or one field goal per every six.
- NIU tied a Division-1 record (co-held by Savannah State) by making just one field goal in the first half.
- That field goal came one minute into the game, which meant the Huskies went the final 19 minutes of the half without scoring a field goal.
- Between the first and second half, Northern Illinois went a streak of 24 minutes and 32 seconds without hitting a field goal.
- The team finished 1-of-33 from the floor in the first half. The 3.2-percent first-half field goal percentage is an NCAA record in the shot clock era.
- The Huskies missed their first 32 3-point tries before canning their first and final on the night. The one that dropped even needed a fortuitous bounce off the rim.
- Daveon Balls, the team’s eighth-leading scorer on the season, led the Huskies in scoring for the game. He tallied 7 points on 3-of-10 shooting.
- NIU finished 8-of-61 from the floor (13-percent) for the game, an NCAA record regardless of era (minimum of 50 shots attempted).
- Thanks to a late scoring spree, the Huskies narrowly avoided the record for fewest points in a game (20) set by Saint Louis in January 2008.
Northern Illinois owns the sixth-least efficient offense in the nation. This can’t be a proud moment for any of the five teams rated even lower.