March 5, 2009

Ready for the Madness: Men's basketball begins first Big Sky postseason in Pocatello

GAME DAY NOTES: at Idaho State
BIG SKY NOTES: Quarterfinal

GAME DETAILS
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2009
Tip: 7:05 p.m. (MT)
Location: Pocatello, Idaho
   Venue: Holt Arena (8,000)
Television: BigSkyTV.org
   Play-by-play: Jerry Miller
   Analyst: N/A
   Sideline: N/A
Radio: 1310 KFKA (Greeley)
   Play-by-play: Troy Coverdale
   Web stream: 1310KFKA.com
Live stats: none
Series: ISU, 29-13
   Last: NC, 79-74 (2-7-09)

SOME STORY LINES

  • The Bears have been writing history all season, and that continues tonight with its appearance in the Big Sky tournament. Northern Colorado hasn’t played in the postseason since 1993-94 and this is just its seventh time since 1980.
  • You’d be hard-pressed to find two hotter teams than Idaho State and Northern Colorado. The Bears have won five of seven, and the Bengals have won five of six, including knocking off Portland St., the No. 2 seed in this tournament.
  • Northern Colorado is just 2-15 all-time in Pocatello, but it has had some recent success there. The Bears won at Idaho State last season and lost their this year in overtime on a tip-in at the buzzer. NC’s other win at ISU came in 1949-50.
  • The Bears have started 14 lineups in 31 games this season. That includes twice last week, when walk-on Matt Dunsmoor got the nod against Montana and Montana St. and sparked NC to victory. Does Boyle go with Dunsmoor again?

SERIES HISTORY
OVERALL: ISU, 29-13
HOME: ISU, 13-8
AWAY: ISU, 15-2
NEUTRAL: NC, 3-1

ABOUT THE BENGALS

  • Idaho State has won five of six games since losing to Northern Colorado, 79-74, on Feb. 7. That stretch includes a 78-69 victory against Big Sky No. 2 seed Portland State on Feb. 12. The Bengals’ last two victories have been by an average of 28.5 pts.
  • Junior Amorrow Morgan leads Idaho State in scoring at 13.7 points per game. Matt Stucki, who scored 15 points in the Bengals loss in Greeley, is second in scoring at 12.1 ppg. Demetrius Monroe is their top rebounder at 5.8 boards a game.
  • Idaho State is 15-19 all-time in the Big Sky Conference tournament, 9-6 all-time in BSC quarterfinal contests, and 5-0 in home conference tournament games. The Bengals are 13-8 all-time against Northern Colorado in home games.