The Northeastern Huskies (17-8, 12-1) have proven themselves to be the top team in the Colonial Athletic Association during this regular season. But if that wasn’t clear enough entering this past week, Northeastern definitely silenced all of their doubters, if they still had any.
The Huskies will battle the Delaware Blue Hens on Wednesday in Matthews Arena, but head coach Bill Coen’s team earned their stripes on the road last week. In fact, Northeastern went 3-0 on a crazy and hectic road trip.
On Tuesday, February 5, the Huskies left Boston for Hempstead, N.Y., spent the night in a hotel and then faced the Hofstra Pride in the Mack Sports Complex. Even down 10 points in the second half and playing without their only two big men off the bench, Dinko Marshavelski and Zach Stahl, Northeastern was able to leave Long Island with a hard fought victory.
After a long Peter Pan bus ride home following the game, the Northeastern players and coaching staff spent a night in their own beds Wednesday, but fled New England Thursday afternoon to escape the imminent Nor’easter for the state of Virginia. During their time down south, the Huskies were very successful as they defeated both Old Dominion and William & Mary Tribe in equally impressive fashions.
Once again without Marshavelski and Stahl, Northeastern was able to win in an adverse environment on the road. But what was especially impressive about their win at ODU was that they were able to overcome a tough and rejuvenated Monarchs team in overtime in an intense atmosphere.
Last, but certainly not least, Northeastern was able to beat W&M after they were trailing the Tribe by 7 points with just 5:51 left in the contest. But behind their senior leaders, Joel Smith and Jonathan Lee, the Huskies still were able to win by four points.
Keep in mind, the Huskies were this successful while sleeping in hotel rooms five of six nights in a row.
The way this team has handled adversity this season is completely understated when talking about their 2012-2013 success. After overcoming so much in just a few months, it is not unrealistic to think about seeing the Huskies in the NCAA Tournament come March.