February 19, 2013

Men's Basketball puts three-game win streak on the line vs. UND

Game 25: North Dakota (Greeley, Colo.)
Northern Colorado notes | Big Sky Conference notes

GAME INFORMATION:

Game 25: Northern Colorado will put its winning streak on the line in a Big Sky matchup that could have huge ramifications.
When: 7:05 p.m. (MT) Wednesday, Feb. 20
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 are 20-40 all-time in their storied rivalry with North Dakota. They are 14-11 against UND at home.

A LOOK AHEAD:

  • At 7:05 p.m. (MT) on Wednesday, Feb. 20, Northern Colorado will match up with North Dakota for the second time this season. The Bears will be looking to extend their winning streak to four games and end their three-game home stand on a high note.
  • With just four Big Sky games remaining for the Bears, each game holds plenty of importance. Wednesday's matchup is no different, as Northern Colorado is presented with an opportunity to move into at least a tie for fourth place in the conference if it can beat North Dakota. UND, along with Southern Utah, are both currently one game ahead of the Bears for third in the Big Sky standings.
  • North Dakota comes into Wednesday with an 11-14 overall mark and 8-8 conference record in its first season competing in the Big Sky Conference. UND is coming off a heartbreaking two-point overtime loss at home to Northern Arizona last Saturday.
  • The Bears opened up their Big Sky season with a 75-66 road win against North Dakota earlier in December. In that one, the Bears were led by junior Derrick Barden, who scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds on the night.
  • In the all-time series, North Dakota holds a 40-20 edge, with a majority of matchups between the two teams coming during their time in the North Central Conference (NCC) at the NCAA Division II level. Recently though, it's been the Bears who have enjoyed an advantage over UND, having won each of the past four matchups.
  • North Dakota is led by junior guard Troy Huff, whose 18.5 points per game would be leading the Big Sky if he had played in at least 75 percent of UND's games. After missing a portion of the team's nonconference schedule due to injury, Huff is third in the conference with 19.3 points per game in conference games.

NORTHERN COLORADO NOTEWORTHY:

  • After a 78-64 win over Sacramento State on Saturday night, Northern Colorado made it three straight wins, the longest winning streak of the season for the Bears.
  • The Northern Colorado offense has been key to this recent stretch of success, as Saturday's win marked the third straight time the Bears' offense has shot more than 50 percent from the field.
  • In the Bears' 78-64 win over Sacramento State on Saturday, the Bears finished with 17 assists compared to just seven turnovers. That plus-10 difference between assists and turnovers is second best on the season. It was the first time in five games that the Bears produced a more assists than turnovers.
  • Junior forward Derrick Barden was rewarded for a strong week by earning the Big Sky's co-Player of the Week honor. It was Barden's first such award of his career. He averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds per game and shot 72 percent for the week.