Looking at the numbers alone, the Northeastern basketball team has enjoyed an unbelievable turnaround.

 

The Huskies, who opened the season 2-7, haven’t lost since Dec. 23 — a nine-game winning streak, the program’s longest since 1987.

 

But star shooting guard Chaisson Allen doesn’t sound too surprised.

 

After all, NU — which goes for 10 straight tonight at Towson — returned plenty of talent, and opened with a brutal nonconference slate.

 

These days, they’re reaping the rewards.

“Coming from last year, we knew we had some experience,” said Allen, a junior averaging 13.6 points and 3.7 assists a game. “We started off slow, but we stuck with it.”

The Huskies’ losses against relative heavyweights like Siena, Providence and Saint Mary’s have become wins against Colonial Athletic Association foes VCU, George Mason and James Madison.

A product of a weak league? Allen thinks not.

“I think our league is top 10 in the nation,” he said. “It’s a great conference. Everybody can win on any given night.”

The numbers largely back Allen up. The Pomeroy ratings — similar to the RPI — has the CAA ranked as the 12th-best league in the nation, smack in the middle of the mid-majors.