January 5, 2011

Home again, home again! Bears return to the Pavilion

Northern Colorado notes | Big Sky Conference notes

GREELEY -- They're back!

Northern Colorado men's basketball (6-7, 2-0 Big Sky) will take on Montana (10-4, 2-0) on Thursday night, Jan. 6, in its first action inside Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion since Dec. 4.

The Bears, who are one of just 44 teams across the nation to have played three or fewer home games this season, just finished off a brutal December road schedule that had them in away venues for six games in 19 days between Dec. 12 and Dec. 31.

Northern Colorado finished 2-4 in those six contests, but the two victories came in the last two, in its Big Sky Conference opening road swing. B.J. Hill's program now has some momentum as it hosts the Grizzlies, last year's Big Sky Conference NCAA Tournament participant.


  • Game 14: Northern Colorado (6-7; 3-0 home) vs. Montana (10-4; 3-3 away)
  • When: 7:05 p.m. (MT) Thursday, Jan. 6    
  • Where: Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion (2,972)
  • Coaches: Northern Colorado's B.J. Hill (6-7 overall; 2-0 Big Sky; 1st season) vs. Montana's Wayne Tinkle (80-57; 39-27 Big Sky; 5th season)
  • All-time series: Montana leads the all-time series 10-5, with the first game coming in 1970-71. UNC was 1-2 against UM last season.
  • TV: None    
  • Radio: KFKA-AM 1310 (Troy Coverdale)    
  • Live video stream: www.b2tv.com    
  • Live stats: uncbears.com


  • Northern Colorado would continue its best-ever start in the Big Sky Conference and improve to 3-0 in league play for the first time since the 1992-93 season, when the Bears won their first five games in the North Central Conference.
  • The Bears would improve to 5-10 all-time against Montana and win for the third time in their last five games against the Grizzlies.
  • Northern Colorado would avenge one of their two home losses last season (Montana, Pacific) and defeat Montana in Greeley for the second time in three seasons.
  • The Bears would win three games in a row for the first time this year and for the first time since winning four in a row between Feb. 18 and Feb. 27 last season.
  • Northern Colorado would continue its strong play at home, starting a season 4-0 in Greeley for the second straight season and improving to 27-6 at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion over the past three seasons.