The men’s bas­ket­ball team will hit the hard­wood at Matthews Arena for its regular-​​season finale on Sat­urday after­noon vs. Old Dominion, cap­ping a thrilling and his­toric run for the Huskies.

The game starts at noon and will be tele­vised on Com­cast SportsNet.

The Huskies (19–10, 14–3 in CAA play) cap­tured the program’s first ever Colo­nial Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion regular-​​season title this year, locking up the cov­eted No. 1 seed in the con­fer­ence tour­na­ment begin­ning March 9 in Rich­mond, Va. With the top seed, North­eastern is guar­an­teed an opening-​​round bye, meaning the Huskies would need vic­to­ries in both the semi­final and final round to earn the program’s first NCAA Tour­na­ment bid in 25 years.

Throughout its mem­o­rable season, North­eastern has per­se­vered through adver­sity and pressure-​​filled con­tests. The Huskies sur­vived losing senior co-​​captain Jonathan Lee to injury for a sig­nif­i­cant stretch to open the season, and the battle-​​tested squad is 11–3 in CAA games decided by seven points or less. Five of the team’s last 15 games have gone to over­time, four of which the Huskies have won.

Northeastern’s 90–84 over­time vic­tory Wednesday night at Georgia State—in which the Huskies over­came a 13-​​point first-​​half deficit—featured sev­eral mile­stones. Senior co-​​captain Joel Smith tied a career high with 29 points; the Huskies set a CAA record by shooting a per­fect 27-​​of-​​27 from the free throw line; and Lee’s nine assists was the highest indi­vidual total for a Husky this season.

Dif­ferent players have stepped up all season long when the team needed big plays the most—particularly in the waning sec­onds of close games. In the season opener against Boston Uni­ver­sity, sopho­more Demetrius Pol­lard hit a last-​​second three-​​pointer to lift the Huskies over their cross-​​town rival; the fol­lowing game, sopho­more Quincy Ford dropped a season-​​high 27 points to lead the Huskies to a one-​​point win at Princeton; and on Feb. 20, freshman David Walker’s base­line jumper in the final sec­onds was the dif­fer­ence in a two-​​point win over James Madison.

In a tele­con­fer­ence call this week, head coach Bill Coen was asked how much the team’s bal­ance has con­tributed to its success.

We’re get­ting con­tri­bu­tions up and down the lineup, and there’s an unsung hero each and every night. It’s been exciting to see guys step up,” he said. “There’s been growth in some of our younger players, and there’s a con­fi­dence growing in that group.”

Coen was also quick to credit his two senior guards, Smith and Lee. “They’ve played so many great games for us throughout their careers,” he said.

Coen’s own mas­terful job this season hasn’t gone unno­ticed. In a Sports Illus­trated column last month, col­lege bas­ket­ball reporter and TV ana­lyst Seth Davis listed Coen among his top Coach of the Year candidates.