December 27, 2009

The Bears are back and ready for anticipated Pioneer matchup

GAME 14: Denver
Northern Colorado notes
| Big Sky Conference notes | Denver notes

GREELEY, Colo. -- Now that the presents are unwrapped, it's time for Northern Colorado men's basketball to get back to business.

The Bears (10-3, 1-1 Big Sky), fresh off destroying San Jose State last Monday night with a school-record 18 three-pointers, will get back into action at 7:05 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, with a much-anticipated contest against the Denver Pioneers (9-3, 2-0 Sun Belt) inside Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.

A certain level of bragging rights are on the line in this one, as both teams have risen to the top of most of the state's collegiate basketball discussions. DU brings the second-best shooting percentage in the country into the game (53 percent), while Northern Colorado enters with the 10th-most free-throws made in the country (243) and 18th-most three-pointers (107).

GAME DETAILS

  • Date: Monday, Dec. 28
  • Tip: 7:05 p.m. (MT)
  • Location: Greeley, Colo.
  • Venue: Butler-Hancock (2,734)
  • Radio: 1310 KFKA (Greeley)
  • Play-by-play: Troy Coverdale
  • Web stream: 1310kfka.com
  • Television: BigSkyTV.org
  • Play-by-play: Troy Coverdale
  • Analyst: N/A
  • Sideline: N/A
  • Live stats: uncbears.com
  • THE GAME
    After a weeklong holiday break, Northern Colorado will get right back into it with a matchup against Denver. The Pioneers enter with a .530 FG pct. mark, second best in the country.
  • THE SERIES
    The Bears are 44-74 all-time against Denver but 33-35 against the Pioneers in Greeley. Northern Colorado knocked off DU 71-66 in overtime just before Thanksgiving last season.
  • THE COACHES
    Tad Boyle (41-61) is in his fourth year with Northern Colorado and fourth year overall as a head coach. Joe Scott (35-38) is in his third year at Denver and 10th year overall.