Men's Basketball Will Host Idaho State, Weber State
Jan. 2, 2008
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The Series........................... ISU.................. WSU
Overall Record................. 10-24................. 0-2
At Opponent..................... 1-13.................. 0-1
At Neutral Sites.................. 3-0................... 0-0
Last Meeting................... 2006-07............ 2006-07
Boyle vs........................... 0-2................... 0-2
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Home Sweet Home
Northern Colorado continues Big Sky Conference play and looks to keep its unbeaten home record intact hosting
This will be the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams who visit Butler-Hancock this weekend, while the Bears will be playing in their third and fourth league tilts. Northern Colorado is currently 1-1 in conference contests and 6-7 overall, while
Northern Colorado and
Shooting His Way Out
Senior guard Sean Taibi broke out with his largest game of the year in the Big Sky Conference opener against
Crashing The Boards
Northern Colorado out-rebounded
You Just Never Know
In the two conference games, head coach Tad Boyle has used two different starting lineups, and has used five this season. The three constants in the five on the floor at tip have been junior forward Jabril Banks, junior guard Robert Palacios and senior guard Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos. Sophomore forward Jefferson Mason (8), freshman forward Taylor Montgomery (8), senior guard Sean Taibi (5), freshman guard Devon Beitzel (2), freshman forward Neal Kingman (2) and senior center Kirk Archibeque (1) have all also been in the starting lineup this season.
Finding His Shot
Redshirt freshman Neal Kingman has posted career-highs in scoring in each of the last three games, scoring 10 at
A Tale Of Two Halves
It almost seemed as two different Northern Colorado teams played each half against Northern Arizona and
He's Got A Chance
With his 37 points last week, senior guard Sean Taibi continued to move higher on the school scoring chart. Taibi currently ranks ninth with 1,217 points and needs just 10 to take sole possession of eighth place, 12 for seventh and 19 for sixth place (6. Henry Clausen, 1966-69, 1,235; 7. Lovell Hocks, 1971-75, 1,228; 8. Sean Nolen, 2000-05, 1,226). For a complete look at the
Smile For The Cameras
Northern Colorado's game against Weber State will be televised by Altitude Sports & Entertainment, bringing the season total to six televised games, the most-ever in school history to be broadcast on national television. It is the last game currently scheduled to be televised this season, though the Big Sky Conference Tournament semifinals (Altitude) and finals (ESPN2) will be broadcast. The Bears have will have appeared on both Altitude Sports and FOX Sports three times each.
They Can All Lead
Through the first 13 games of the season, the Bears have had six different players lead the team in scoring during a game. Junior forward Jabril Banks, the team's leading scorer at 13.5 points per game has led the team six times, while senior guard Sean Taibi has been atop the scoring column three times. Sophomore guard Will Figures, freshman forward Taylor Montgomery, junior guard Robert Palacios and freshman forward Neal Kingman have all also led the squad in scoring. Eight different players have also led, or tied for the lead in rebounds. Banks (4), sophomore forward Jefferson Mason (4), Montgomery (3), Palacios (2), Taibi (2), senior center Kirk Archibeque (1), senior guard Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos (1), and Kingman (1) have all had a share of the lead.
Making The Ones That Count
Open For Deposits
Junior forward Jabril Banks has made the most of his shot attempts this year. He has shot over .500 from the field in all but one game, and twice has made all seven shots from the floor. The
Junior forward Jabril Banks needs 24 points for 200 this year, while sophomore guard Will Figures needs 10 for 250 in his career. Sophomore forward Jefferson Mason is just 25 points shy of 300 and his next rebound will be 150. Senior guard Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos is 16 points shy of 300 and eight rebounds shy of 100 and senior guard Sean Taibi needs 11 assists for 150.
Every victory is more than just "another win" for the Bears' program. Since beginning reclassification to Division I in 2003-04,
Twice this season, junior forward Jabril Banks has been perfect from the field when taking seven shots. In the season opener against VMI Banks posted an unblemished night, hitting all seven attempts from the field. He then repeated that performance at
He Figures In
Sophomore guard Will Figures made 17 three-pointers in 28 games played last season as a freshman. This year through 12 games played, he has already tied that mark of 17. Figures makes the most of his three-point attempts, connecting on .548 this season, nailing 17 of his 31 tries from beyond the arc to rank second among Big Sky Conference players.
Senior center Kirk Archibeque also has his name firmly entrenched in the career record books at
Leading The Way - As A Team
In the latest Big Sky Conference statistics,
Leading The Way - Individually
In the Big Sky individual statistics, junior forward Jabril Banks leads the league in field goal percentage (.646), is fourth in free throw percentage (.797), fifth in scoring (13.5), tied for seventh in rebounding (5.6) and seventh in defensive rebounds (3.77), while junior forward Robert Palacios is third in steals (1.75), eighth in offensive rebounds (2.25) and ninth in rebounding (5.6). Senior guard Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos is seventh in steals (1.31) and eighth in assists (2.85), sophomore guard Will Figures is second in three-point field goal percentage (.548) and freshman forward Taylor Montgomery ranks in a tie for ninth in offensive rebounds (2.08).
It's An Honor
Following the action on the court during the Air Force Classic,
Home Sweet Home
What A Name
Senior guard Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos has the longest last name (17 letters) of any player in school history. The
The Bengals are 3-10 on the season and will be playing in their Big Sky Conference opener against the Bears. Both teams have lost to
Matt Stucki leads the Bengals with 11.5 points and 3.1 assists per game, while Amorrow Morgan is averaging 10.3 points per game. Demetrius Monroe leads the club with 4.0 rebounds, while Logan Kinghorn has a team best 12 steals and Austin Kilpatrick has 10 blocks.
Idaho State is averaging just 56.9 points per game, as well as 29.2 rebounds, 10.9 assists, 14.2 turnovers, 5.3 steals and 2.1 blocks while shooting .407 from the field, .277 from the three-point line and .685 from the free throw line. Opponents are averaging 73.6 points, 35.1 rebounds, 16.3 assists, 12.6 turnovers, 6.7 steals and 2.9 blocks and shooting .456 from the field, .430 from the arc and .766 from the charity stripe.
The defending Big Sky champions are 5-7 and will be playing in their first Big Sky game on Sunday and the two teams have not played any common opponents this year.
Arturas Valeika leads the team with 11.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, while Desmon Harris averages a team-best 2.3 assists per game. Daviin Davis leads with 14 blocks on the year, while Brody Van Brocklin has a team-high 14 steals.
On The Forefront
Northern Colorado will hit the road for a non-conference game at