Men's Basketball Set To Begin Conference Play
Dec. 28, 2007
Friday, Dec. 28 •
Northern Colorado at
Sunday, Dec. 30 •
The Series.......................... SAC.................. NAU
Overall Record.................. 1-1................... 1-4
At Opponent...................... 1-0................... 0-2
At Neutral Sites.................. 0-0................... 0-0
Last Meeting................... 2006-07............ 2006-07
Boyle vs........................... 1-1................... 1-1
Sacramento St..... Jerome Jenkins (78-131, 8th year)
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Conference Play Ready To Begin
Northern Colorado begins Big Sky Conference play on Friday hosting
Last year's conference games were the first in history for the Bears against
Smile For The Cameras
Northern Colorado's game at
Northern Colorado posted an 0-3 record on its most recent road trip, falling 77-57 at #19 Gonzaga, 65-56 at
Take Two They're Free
Thanasi = Thief
Senior guard Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos notched a season-high four steals at Gonzaga and then followed that up with three steals at
Senior guard Sean Taibi returned to the lineup at Gonzaga after missing four games with a leg injury. Taibi played 17 minutes against the Bulldogs, scoring five points. With his return, he moved into ninth in career scoring at
Open For Deposits
With the last four games away from Butler-Hancock, Jabril Banks has made the most of his shot attempts. The junior has made 22-of-29 from the field over the last four contests, for a .759 shooting percentage and he is now shooting .659 for the year. Banks has also been money from the free throw line, making 14-of-16 (.875) during that same stretch.
After The Break
In nine of 11 games this season (Denver, Johnson + Wales), Northern Colorado has scored more points after halftime than they did before and in the other two they had large leads after the first 20 minutes. In the first half of games the Bears are averaging 28.5 points, while in the second stanza they are averaging 34.5. Opponents are averaging 31.8 points in the first half and 33.4 in the second half.
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 10 games played, he has already sunk 16. Figures is averaging just under double figures in scoring with 9.1 per game. He makes the most of his three-point attempts as well, connecting on .552 this season, nailing 16 of his 29 tries from beyond the arc.
Last week, several Bears recorded career highs in one of the three games. Junior forward Robert Palacios made a career-best six field goals at
Sophomore guard Will Figures is 16 points shy of 250 and three assists shy of 50 for his career, while sophomore forward Jefferson Mason needs just eight rebounds for 150. Junior Robert Palacios is now just 28 points shy of 100 for the season, while senior guard Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos needs 25 points for the 300th and 13 rebounds for the 100th of his career and senior guard Sean Taibi is 20 points shy of 1,200
Senior center Kirk Archibeque also has his name firmly entrenched in the career record books at
Carom Catchers By Committee
The entire Northern Colorado roster takes rebounding seriously, as five student-athletes are averaging 4.0 or more rebounds per game. Junior forward Robert Palacios leads the way with 5.7 per game, while junior forward Jabril Banks (5.5), sophomore forward Jefferson Mason (5.0), senior center Kirk Archibeque (4.8) and freshman forward Taylor Montgomery (4.6) and are all averaging better than four per game.
Leading The Way - As A Team
In the latest Big Sky Conference statistics, Northern Colorado is second in scoring defense (65.8), field goal percentage defense (.424), steals (7.36) and offensive rebounds (12.64) and ranks third in three-point field goal percentage defense (.348), rebounding offense (36.3), rebounding margin (+3.9) and defensive rebounds (23.64)
Leading The Way - Individually
In the Big Sky individual statistics, junior forward Jabril Banks leads the league in field goal percentage (.659), is fourth in free throw percentage (.778), fifth in scoring (13.6) and ninth in rebounding (5.5). Junior forward Robert Palacios is second in steals (2.00) and is eighth in rebounding (5.7). Sophomore guard Will Figures is second in three-point field goal percentage (.552).
It's An Honor
Following the action on the court during the Air Force Classic, Northern Colorado had a pair players named to the All-Tournament Team in guards sophomore Will Figures and senior Sean Taibi. Figures averaged 19.5 point per game in the tournament while Taibi chipped in 16 points per game.
The Northern Colorado men's basketball team is now eligible to compete in postseason play in 2007 after successfully making the transition to Division I. This year also marks the first year, NC is eligible to win the Big Sky Conference Championship as well as compete in the Big Sky Tournament. The Bears open Big Sky play this week with games against Sacramento State and Northern Arizona, two teams NC defeated last season en route to the two conference wins.
Northern Colorado was chosen seventh by the coaches and eighth by the media in the Big Sky's Preseason Poll. The Bears received 19 points in the coaches poll and 56 in the media poll. The polls were also split with Weber State taking the coaches poll and Montana being chosen as the favorite by the media.
Home Sweet Home
Northern Colorado is 235-161 (.593) all-time at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion, which opened Feb. 4 1975. Last season, the Bears posted a 3-9 record at home and this season have started 4-0 this season. The contest against Montana State on January 24 will be the 400th men's basketball game in the arena.
What A Name
Senior guard Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos has the longest last name (17 letters) of any player in school history. The
The Hornets are 2-8 on the season and will also be playing in their Big Sky Conference opener against the Bears on Friday. The teams have had no common opponents this season.
Loren Leath leads
The Lumberjacks are 8-5 on the season and have not played a common opponent with the Bears. They have also won four of their last five games.
Kyle Landry leads the team in both scoring (15.2) and rebounding (9.3) and also has a team-best eight blocked shots and 11 steals this year. Josh Wilson is second in scoring (10.6) and leads the way with 76 assists. Nate Geiser is the other Lumberjack in double figures in scoring at 10.1.
On The Forefront
The Bears will host