Weber State (14-5) at Northern Colorado (6-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 2, 9:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion (2,992) -- Greeley, Colorado. Television: None. Home Record: WSU 8-1, UNC 5-3. Away Record: WSU 6-4, UNC 1-10. Neutral Record: WSU 0-0, UNC 0-0. Conference Record: WSU 9-2, UNC 4-7. Series Record: Weber State leads, 10-3.
GAME NOTES: With a three-game homestand just around the corner, the Weber State Wildcats try to close out their four-game road trip on a positive note as they clash with the Northern Colorado Bears in Big Sky Conference action at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.
All alone in second place in the Big Sky standings with a record of 9-2, trailing only Montana which has yet to be defeated, the Wildcats are coming off a 66-51 victory over North Dakota two nights ago which snapped a two-game slide.
As for the Bears, currently tied with Eastern Washington for eighth in the Big Sky with a mere four wins in 11 opportunities, they also prevented a three- game slide two nights ago with a 78-63 defeat of Idaho State at home. However, UNC is still just two games over .500 at home and has a total of only six wins in 19 chances in 2012-13.
The Wildcats made it look rather easy in the first meeting of the season between the two teams as Scott Bamforth tallied a game-high 22 points, leading four players in double figures as the hosts shot 54.5 percent from the floor and 9-of-19 beyond the arc. With the victory WSU moved to 10-3 in the all-time series, winning four straight over the Bears.
Frank Otis produced a double-double with 20 points and a game-high 12 rebounds as he helped guide the Weber State Wildcats to the 15-point win over North Dakota in Big Sky Conference play at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on Thursday night. Davion Berry was the top scorer in the outing with 21 points as the Wildcats who turned the ball over 16 times on the night, but still picked up the comfortable win thanks to a 40-28 rebounding advantage. Berry, a 43.3 percent shooter behind the 3-point line this season, leads the team not only in scoring with 14.4 ppg, but is also second in assists with 63 over 19 appearances. Scott Bamforth (13.2 ppg) and Kyle Tresnak (12.0 ppg) are also heavily involved in the offense which is outscoring the opposition by 15 ppg entering the weekend.
The Bears don't have very many wins this season, but the team made sure that the most recent victory was done in style on Thursday night against Idaho State. Not only did UNC knock down 56.2 percent from the floor in the meeting, it also connected on a staggering 15-of-21 behind the 3-point line as well, setting a new Division I record for accuracy on the perimeter (.714) with at least 10 conversions. Paul Garnica played just 21 minutes off the bench for the hosts, but that was still plenty of time for him to come up with 21 points on 6-of-8 shooting on the outside. Tate Unruh and Tim Huskisson both dropped in 15 points, combining for 7-of-10 on the outside, while Tevin Svihovec tacked on 10 points for the Bears. The team is making an average of 7.5 triples per contest, but at the same time allowed 7.9 baskets beyond the arc per game. Unruh (12.6 ppg), responsible for 3.2 triples per outing himself, is shooting better from beyond the arc (.458) than the floor (.443).
Unfortunately for the Bears, they cannot count on another explosive shooting effort on Saturday, particularly versus a Weber State team that tends to work well at both ends of the floor and doesn't have a hang-up about playing on the road.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Weber State 81, Northern Colorado 66
02/02 10:33:09 ET