Northern Kentucky’s band director was praised for his performance during the Norse vs Houston Cougars NCAA game on Thursday. The two sides locked horns at the Legacy Arena.

The director and his band presented a brilliant performance during the NCAA game.

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“Nothing but respect for Northern Kentucky’s band director,” a Twitter user said.

“Northern Kentucky’s band director is an animal,” another one added.

Marcus Strasser, all-American watched from the bench, top-seeded Houston shook off Northern Kentucky with a 63-52 win to begin the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.

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Alabama’s Legacy Arena was filled with chants of “NKU” and “Overrated” when the 26th-seeded Norse trailed by only three at halftime making it 36-all within under 16 minutes to go against the Cougars (32-3).

But Houston remained behind 16 points from Jarace Walker, leading to face ninth-seeded Auburn on Saturday.

Northern Kentucky Norse is the men’s basketball team of Northern Kentucky University. It began its athletic program transition to NCAA Division I in the 2012-13 session. It remained a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference for the first three seasons, through 2014-15. 

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The Norse joined the Horizon League in 2015-16, coached by John Brannen until April 14, 2019, when he got a job with the University of Cincinnati Bearcats. 

Houston Cougars is the men’s basketball team from the University of Houston in the NCAA Division I. The university is a member of the American Athletic Conference. It has made six appearances in the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament Final Four. 

Prior to him, the Norse were coached by Dave Bezold, having an overall record of 138 wins and 72 losses. Darrin Horn was appointed as head coach by Northern Kentucky on April 23, 2019.