Bears look to keep up hot shooting vs. Weber State
Game 20: Northern Colorado will put its three-game home winning streak on the line when it plays host to second-place Weber State.
When: 7:05 p.m. (MT) Saturday, Feb. 2
Where: Greeley, Colo. -- Butler-Hancock (2,992).
Live stats: uncbears.com
TV: americaonesports.com (Big Sky TV)
Radio: KFKA-AM 1310 (Troy Coverdale)
All-time series: The Bears come into Saturday's contest with a 3-10 all-time record vs. Weber State. All three wins have come at home.
A LOOK AHEAD:
- At 7:05 p.m. (MT) on Saturday, Feb. 2, Northern Colorado will put its three-game home winning streak on the line as the Bears play host to second-place Weber State. The Bears come into Saturday's contest having won three of their past five games.
- Weber State will head into Greeley with a 14-5 overall record and a 9-2 mark in Big Sky play. The Wildcats have run into a bit of a rough patch though. After winning each of their first eight Big Sky contests, they have dropped two of their last three. They did get things back on track earlier this week though, as they snapped a two-game skid with a road win over North Dakota.
- Weber State holds a 10-3 advantage in the all-time series between the two teams. The Wildcats have won each of the past four matchups, but the Bears play them tough in Greeley, as both teams have won three games against each other inside Butler-Hancock.
- Weber State comes into Saturday's contest boasting one of the best long-range shooting offenses in the country. The Wildcats' 41.5 percent clip from outisde is best in the Big Sky and fourth in the country. To go along with that proficiency from long range, the Wildcats also employ a smothering perimeter defense, holding teams to just 26.5 percent from three-point range, a rate that is good for third lowest in the nation.
- The Wildcats are led by junior guard Davion Berry, who is averaging 14.4 points per game. Berry's 63 assists is good for second on the team. Senior Scott Bamforth also chips in with the scoring load, averaging 13.2 points per contest. He ranks seventh in the country in free throw percentage (.909).
NORTHERN COLORADO NOTEWORTHY:
- Northern Colorado was cooking from outside in its latest game, a 78-63 home win over Idaho State. In the win, the Bears set a school NCAA Division I record by shooting 71.4 percent from behind the arc while sinking a season-high 15 3-pointers. The previous Division I record of 68.9 percent (minimum 10 makes) from deep was set in 2009.
- In that game against Idaho State, the Bears actually made more 3-pointers (15) than 2-pointers (12). The last time the Bears did that was in a November game against Northern Iowa last season. In that one, the Bears made 13 threes and just nine two-point buckets.
- Over the last six games, the Bears have shot better than 54 percent from behind the arc, and it's not for a lack of shooting from deep, as the Bears have made 60 3-pointers during that stretch. Currently, the Bears 14th in the country and third in the Big Sky in three-point percentage (.399).
- After pouring in 10 points in Thursday's win over Idaho State, Tevin Svihovec became the fourth active Northern Colorado player to record at least 500 career points (504). He joins Tate Unruh (607), Emmanuel Addo (570) and Paul Garnica (539), with all four players reaching the 500-point milestone this season.
- Tate Unruh currently leads the Big Sky and is 14th nationally with 3.16 three-point field goals per game. He's made at least one three in each of the past 27 games, the longest active streak in the Big Sky.
- Unruh's .458 three-point percentage is 10th best in the country.