FACTS & STATS: Site: Worthington Arena (7,250) -- Bozeman, Montana.
Television: Big Sky TV. Home Record: Northern Colorado 5-4, Montana State 8-3.
Away Record: Northern Colorado 1-11, Montana State 2-8. Neutral Record:
Northern Colorado 0-0, Montana State 0-0. Conference Record: Northern Colorado
4-9, Montana State 7-6. Series Record: Montana State leads, 34-18.
GAME NOTES: The Northern Colorado Bears seek redemption and hope to snap their
six-game road losing streak as the visit Worthington Arena for a Big Sky
Conference matchup with the Montana State Bobcats.
MSU holds a 34-18 all-time series edge versus the Bears and a 13-6 record
against Northern Colorado in Bozeman. The Bears have won four of the last six
meetings in the rivalry to narrow the gap. Northern Colorado is hoping for
some payback as it looks to avenge a 69-66 loss at home earlier this season to
the Bobcats. In that tilt, the Bears led virtually the entire game before
being overtaken in the closing minutes.
Northern Colorado lost its second game in a row and the fourth in five games
on Thursday when it dropped a 73-63 decision at Montana. The setback lowered
the Bears to a 6-15 overall record including its 4-9 mark in Big Sky play that
has it positioned in a tie for second to last place in the standings with
Eastern Washington. Tate Unruh is pacing the team with 12.3 ppg with
impressive 92.3 percent shooting from the charity stripe and 43.4 percent
shooting from beyond the arc.
Northern Colorado forced 15 turnovers and outrebounded Montana by 10 on
Thursday, but the Grizzlies shot 52 percent from the field and outscored the
Bears, 26-20 in the paint to capture the decision. Unruh and Derrick Barden,
led the team, as they both finished with 17 points. Tevin Svihovec added 11
points in the losing effort. The Bears are fourth in the Big Sky offensively
with an average of 68.6 ppg, but they are seventh on the defensive end with an
allowed mark of 71.2 ppg.
Montana State has had much better luck in the 2012-13 season than the visitors
as it is only one game below the .500 mark after its 82-73 setback to North
Dakota on Feb. 7. Although the Bobcats are tied for fourth place in the league
standings with North Dakota, they are still trailing the conference leading
Montana Grizzlies by six games. Christian Moon and Xavier Blount score 13.8
and 11.3 points per game, respectively, to give MSU a solid one-two punch on
the offensive end.
After Montana State's loss to North Dakota, it sits in second place in the
conference in scoring offense at 72.4 ppg, but it is only ninth in scoring
defense with an allowed average of 72.4 ppg. Blount tallied 19 points and Moon
provided 16. Blake Brumwell added 14 points as the team combined to go 8-of-20
from 3-point range. The strong showing from long distance was not enough to
overcome North Dakota's 53.6 percent shooting from the field.
The Bobcats are clearly a much more capable offensive squad. The Bears
narrowly lost to Montana State in the first encounter this season, but they
will find it much more difficult to keep up with the Bobcats at Worthington
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Montana State 74, Northern Colorado 63