July 30, 2012

Northern Colorado men’s basketball set for Australian tour

By DUSTIN MAIN
UNCBears.com

GREELEY  – The University of Northern Colorado men's basketball team is gearing up for a once-in-a-lifetime visit to Australia this August, where itwill complete a competitive four-game slate against the nation's premier professional and all-star teams.

Tipping-off competition on Aug. 9, the men will face the IndiSport Melbourne All-Stars at the Maribyrnong Sports Academy, before taking on the Melbourne Tigers on Aug. 10. The Tigers are four-time Australian National Basketball League (NBL) champions, and recently acquired Australian guard Nate Tomlinson, who played last season for former UNC coach Tad Boyle at the University of Colorado.

"Our program is honored to represent The University of Northern Colorado and NCAA basketball in Australia," said head coach B.J. Hill. "We're aware of the high quality of play in Australia, and we look forward to learning from some of the leading coaches in our sport. Our players, coaches, fans and administrators are excited to experience Australian culture, and we are appreciative of this unique opportunity."

The Bears will resume play against former NBL champion Wollongong Hawks on Aug. 12, and wrap-up competition on Aug. 15 against the IndiSport Sydney All-Stars.

In addition to games, the team will experience Australian culture by visiting landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach, while enjoying a chance to interact with wildlife at the famous Taronga Zoo. Other activities will include a visit to an Australian Rules Football club, and a visit to a premier basketball club in Dandenong, Victoria.

The tour will be coordinated by IndiSport LLC, a full-service sports management company that specializes in connecting American and Australian sport through events and educational programs. 

"We are fortunate to work with IndiSport on this tour," said coach Hill. "Their unique access and understanding of Australian and American college basketball will help us get the most out of this investment. This will be the experience of a lifetime for our team."