The Colo­nial Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion conference-​​leading men’s bas­ket­ball team (17–10, 12–3 in CAA play) will face James Madison at Matthews Arena on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a nation­ally tele­vised game.

Com­cast Sport­sNet will tele­vise the game in states across the East Coast. A win over the Dukes, cur­rently tied for the league’s second-​​best record, would guar­antee North­eastern at least a share of the regular-​​season Colo­nial Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence title.

With three regular-​​season games remaining, the Huskies head into the home stretch with much at stake. Main­taining the best record in the con­fer­ence would sig­nif­i­cantly ben­efit North­eastern in the league tour­na­ment, which will be held March 9–11 in Rich­mond, Va. The top team will receive a first-​​round bye and auto­mat­i­cally advance to the semi­fi­nals. The team that wins the Colo­nial Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence tour­na­ment will receive an auto­matic bid to the NCAA Tournament—a feat the Huskies last achieved in 1988.

The Huskies have lost two straight games after win­ning 12 of the pre­vious 13. The season has thus far been filled with thrilling moments, including sev­eral over­time vic­to­ries and game-​​winning buzzer-​​beating baskets.

Along with watching the excite­ment on the court, fans cheering on the Huskies at Matthews Arena on Wednesday night will also be treated to give­aways, free food, and other activ­i­ties. The first 1,000 stu­dents in the arena prior to the game are eli­gible to par­tic­i­pate in an indoor BBQ tail­gate in the N Zone. They will also receive a spe­cial red t-​​shirt that honors team co-​​captains Joel Smith and Jonathan Lee and fea­tures the event’s Twitter hashtag #PackMatthews.

The women’s var­sity hockey team, which won the 2013 Beanpot, and sev­eral club sports teams that won their respec­tive league cham­pi­onship, will also be hon­ored during the game. Stu­dents can also par­tic­i­pate in Northeastern’s offi­cial ver­sion of the viral sen­sa­tion “Harlem Shake,” which will take place at half­time and be posted to YouTube imme­di­ately fol­lowing the game.

In addi­tion, 50 stu­dents seated on the floor will be ran­domly selected to win free pizza for a year from UNO Chicago Grill or meals at other on campus dining loca­tions cour­tesy of Chartwell’s.

Stu­dents can reserve their tickets on myNEU, while alumni and the gen­eral public can pur­chase tickets at GoNU​.com/​t​i​c​k​ets.