February 3, 2012

Men's Basketball set for another Altitude showcase

Game #22: at Weber State

When: 5 p.m. (MT) Saturday, Feb. 4   
Where: Ogden, Utah -- Dee Events Center (14,000)
Live stats: weberstatesports.com   
Radio: KFKA-AM 1310 (Troy Coverdale)   
TV: Altitude (Jay McMillin, Rich Winter)
Coaches: UNC's B.J. Hill (28-25 overall; second season) vs. Weber State's Randy Rahe (112-65; sixth season)
All-time series: The Bears have played Weber State 10 times and won three of those meetings (3-7). UNC is winless (0-5) in Ogden.

OPENING TIP
  • Northern Colorado will look to rebound from Thursday night's frustrating home loss Saturday night when it travels to Big Sky-leader Weber State for a 5 p.m. (MT) game on Altitude.
  • The Bears are looking for their first road win against Weber State after coming up a point and a few seconds short last season. Scott Bamforth's three-quarters court shot with no time left on the clock gave the Wildcats a 72-71 win and dropped Northern Colorado to 0-5 at the Dee Events Center.
  • In somewhat of an interesting schedule quirk, Northern Colorado is set to play Weber State on Saturday for the first time this season after having already finished its regular season series with Sacramento State (1-1), Idaho State (0-2) and Northern Arizona (2-0).
  • Northern Colorado won an overtime game Monday night at Northern Arizona (64-62) and is looking Saturday night to win back-to-back road games for the first time this year and the first time since claiming wins at New Mexico State and Idaho State last February. The Bears have two consecutive neutral court wins this year.
  • The Bears are two games under .500 in conference play for the first time since 2009, when consecutive losses to  Northern Arizona and Weber State dropped them to 5-7. Northern Colorado finished that season with an 8-8 record and an appearance in the Big Sky Conference Championship quarterfinals.
  • After experiencing a "home-heavy" December, the Bears come into Saturday night's game having just completed a "mostly-away" January. They played three games in Greeley in the first month of 2012 while playing five times away from the friendly confines. On the contrary, Saturday night's game is one of just three away games for the Bears in February.