Northern Kentucky is the latest program to move into Division I. Beginning in 2012-13, the school will begin transitioning from a Division II school as it joins the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Never heard of the Norse? Ask West Virginia, as Northern Kentucky has an exhibition win against a Big East opponent this year. Here are some more nuggets on the newest Division I basketball team:
- Northern Kentucky is located in Highland Heights, Ky. near Cincinnati, and the school founded in 1968 has an enrollment of about 16,000.
- The Norse currently has four Division I transfers, including DeAndre Nealy from Kent State, Eshaunte Jones from Nebraska and Jon Van Hoose from Evansville all leading the team in scoring.
- Head coach Dave Bezold has held the position for eight seasons after spending 14 years as an assistant at NKU. He also found time from 1996-2000 to serve as the head women's tennis coach.
- NKU's first win against a Division I opponent came on Jan. 14, 1978 when it beat Xavier with a tip-in at the buzzer.
- NKU dedicates a full page to an exhibition game against Kentucky at Rupp Arena in 2004, declaring that the Norse "throws a scare into UK." Kentucky won 91-73.
- Actor George Clooney studied broadcast journalism at NKU.
- The school's lake is called "Loch Norse." The mascot is named Victor E. Viking, and you can like him on Facebook.