North Dakota (7-11) at Northern Arizona (7-12)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 26, 4:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Walkup Skydome (7,000) -- Flagstaff, Arizona.
Television: FSN-AZ+, FCS. Home Record: UND 6-3, NAU 4-3. Away Record: UND 1-8,
NAU 2-8. Neutral Record: UND 0-0, NAU 1-1. Conference Record: UND 4-5, NAU
4-5. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The first-ever meeting between North Dakota and the Lumberjacks of
Northern Arizona, now fellow members of the Big Sky Conference, is set to tip
off on Saturday afternoon at Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff.
For the first time this season, the Lumberjacks are enjoying an actual win
streak, although it does encompass a mere two games at this stage. The squad
managed to snap a four-game slide last weekend with a 60-55 triumph over Idaho
State on the road and then followed up with a narrow 67-65 victory at home
versus Northern Colorado two nights ago in a game that came down to the wire.
Now sporting a 4-5 record in conference play, the 'Jacks are tied with
Sacramento State, Southern Utah and North Dakota for fourth place in the
standings heading into the weekend.
UND, one of the new additions to the league, was also in action on Thursday
night and was aiming to extend a win streak of its own, but the team was
downed by Sacramento State in a 67-58 final.
North Dakota shot just 37.3 percent from the floor against the Hornets the
last time out, and was outscored at the free-throw line by a 21-11 margin,
which was more than enough to snap the team's run of success. Troy Huff
carried much of the load for the squad with his game-high 24 points, adding
nine rebounds while also connecting on 3-of-6 behind the 3-point line, while
Aaron Anderson responded with 14 points, but made just 3-of-11 from the field.
Huff, who recently became the latest UND player to register 1,000 points for
his career, has appeared in just 10 games in 2012-13 yet still paces the
program in scoring with 18.1 ppg. In conference play that number is elevated
to 19.4 ppg as he converts 44.5 percent of his field goal chances. Aaron
Anderson checks in with another 17.9 ppg which means the pair makes up more
than half of the unit's 68.7 ppg right now.
In a game that featured five ties and six lead changes, the Lumberjacks had
the last laugh on Thursday night when Michael Dunn converted a floater along
the baseline as time expired to give the hosts a two-point win. Dunn finished
with just five points, but he also accounted for five rebounds, five assists
and a couple of steals in a reserve role. Gabe Rogers produced a game-high 28
points on 11-of-19 shooting from the floor, followed by DeWayne Russell with
13 and six assists in the triumph as well. As far as conference games are
concerned, Russell and Rogers are at the top of the scoring list with 16.1 ppg
each, combining to make 32 of the unit's 43 3-pointers over the course of six
outings. However, the competition is connecting on almost 40 percent beyond
the arc and that is giving them a scoring edge of more than four points per
With fresh legs, Huff is the reason for UND to be hopeful at this point in the
campaign. As long as the visitors feed him the ball there will be a chance for
a road win this weekend.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: North Dakota 65, Northern Arizona 61
01/26 10:45:38 ET