February 4, 2009

Men's basketball welcomes first-place Wildcats to Butler-Hancock

GAME DAY NOTES: vs. Weber State
BIG SKY NOTES: February 2, 2009

Date: Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009
   Tip: 7:05 p.m. (MT)
Location: Greeley, Colo.
   Venue: Butler-Hancock (2,734)
Television: BigSkyTV.org
   Play-by-play: Troy Coverdale
   Analyst: N/A
   Sideline: N/A
Radio: 1310 KFKA (Greeley)
   Play-by-play: Troy Coverdale
   Web stream: 1310KFKA.com
Live stats: none
Series: WSU, 4-1
   Last: WSU, 88-84 - OT (1-3-09)


  • Northern Colorado is looking for just its second win against Weber State since beginning play with the Wildcats in 2006-07. The Bears, who defeated the Wildcats 55-52 last season in Greeley, are 1-1 all time at home vs. Weber State.
  • Northern Colorado is also looking tonight to avenge a heartbreaking 88-84 overtime loss to Weber State earlier this season. The Bears were up 12 with four minutes to go in regulation in that one and later up seven with 46 seconds left.
  • The Bears finished 4-4 in February last season, which was the school’s first non-losing February since going 5-4 in February 1992. Entering the home stretch of the BSC regular season, NC knows another solid February is in order.
  • And finally, tonight’s game offers a stark contrast in styles. Northern Colorado enters with one of the Big Sky’s most explosive offenses (70.4 ppg - second), while Weber State comes in with a staunch defense (67.5 - second).

2008-09: WSU, 88-84 - OT (A)
2007-08: WSU, 70-54 (A)
2007-08: NC, 55-52 (H)
2006-07: WSU, 76-65 (A)
2006-07: WSU, 61-60 (H)


  • So far this season, Weber State has been the cream of the crop in the Big Sky Conference. The Wildcats have lost just once in nine BSC games, yet they only lead the league in two team categories, FT pct., and defensive rebounds.
  • The Wildcats feature six players averaging 8.5 points or more in Kellen McCoy (13.4), Damian Lillard (10.4), Daviin Davis (10.0), Steve Panos (9.9), Kyle Bullinger (9.3) and Nick Hansen (8.5). McCoy and Davis are the only seniors.
  • Lillard, a true freshman, has been a big part of Weber State’s game plan this year after averaging nearly 30 points per game last year at Oakland (Calif.) High School. He is second at WSU in FGAs (184) and first in FT percentage (.865, 45-52).