Men's Basketball Travels to Chadron State Wednesday
The Northern Colorado men's basketball team returns to action Wednesday evening at Chadron State after an 11-day layoff for final exams. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Chadron, Nebraska.
The Bears head into action with a record of 4-2, following a weekend sweep of Chadron State and Colorado Mines December 3-4. UNC has won three straight games, dating back to an 86-76 win at Colorado Christian November 30.
Chadron State currently has a mark of 4-3, including a perfect 4-0 mark at home. Since losing to the Bears December 3, the Eagles have posted back-to-back wins over Colorado Christian (77-73) and Regis (80-53).
On the Air
Wednesday night's game against Chadron State will be broadcast live on KFKA-AM (1310) with Mike Rice calling all of the play-by-play action. Tune in at 7:15 p.m. (M.S.T.) for the Bears' Basketball Pregame Show. KFKA will once again broadcast every conference game and most non-conference games.
On the Internet
Every UNC men's basketball game which is broadcast on KFKA-AM radio can also be heard on-line by logging onto www.uncbears.com, the "Official Web Site of UNC Athletics". Simply click on the "Audio/Video" button on the front page of www.uncbears.com and follow the easy instructions to hear the Bears live!
UNC head coach Craig Rasmuson is in his first season leading the men's basketball program. A 1990 graduate of Ashland University, Rasmuson arrived at UNC after serving as the head coach at Lincoln Memorial University (Harrogate, Tenn.) for five seasons. His overall record currently stands at 70-68 (.507). In 1998, Rasmuson was named Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year for leading the Railsplitters to a 19-8 record.
Chadron State head coach Dan Beebe is in his third season at the helm of the Eagle program. A 1992 graduate of Chadron State, Beebe has posted a record of 26-33 (.441), while at his alma mater.
UNC and Chadron State have met 15 times prior to Wednesday's contest. The Bears hold a commanding 12-3 advantage in the all-time series. UNC defeated the Eagles 87-85 earlier this season (Dec. 3) in Greeley.
In that game, junior forward Maseo Grant led five Bears in double figures with 20 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field. Grant's eight-foot jumper with two seconds left in the game broke an 85-85 tie giving UNC its first home victory of the season.
The Houston native also connected on 10-of-10 from the free throw line, where the Bears dominated the game. UNC shot 75 percent (33-44) from the charity stripe, while outrebounding the Eagles 44 to 32. Otis Frazier and Kweemada King paced Chadron State with 33 and 25 points, respectively.
Scouting the Eagles
Chadron State has won four of its last five games to enter Wednesday's game with a 4-3 record. The Eagles have posted victories this season over South Dakota Tech (74-55), Black Hills State (118-89), Colorado Christian (77-73) and Regis (80-53), while they fell to Minnesota State (90-77), Winona State (70-66) and UNC (87-85).
The Eagles are led by the tandem of Kweemada King and Otis Frazier, who are responsible for 63 percent of the team's scoring and 35 percent of the team's rebounding. King is averaging 30.0 points per game on 50 percent shooting from the field, while Frazier has contributed 22.0 points and 7.3 rebounds.
Bears Looking for Fourth Straight
With three straight victories heading into Wednesday's game at Chadron State, the Bears are looking for their first four-game win streak since late in the 1997-98 season. Earlier that same year, UNC posted a seven-game win streak, which was the longest streak since 1988-89.
The Injury Report
Senior forward Pierre Elize suffered a sprained ankle in Sunday's practice. His status for Wednesday's game is unknown at this point.
After averaging a dismal 65.7 points per game last season, the Bears have opened the 1999-2000 campaign with four games over 80 points. In fact, during UNC's recent win streak, the team is averaging 86.7 points, while shooting 50.3 percent from the field. In the season opener, the Bears tallied 106 points, the highest single-game total since a 110-95 victory over Denver during the 1993-94 season.
Martinez Continues to Climb All-Time Career Lists
Senior guard Carlos Martinez is certainly leaving his mark in the UNC recordbook The Denver native currently ranks fifth on the UNC all-time career assist list with 259. He also ranks fifth in steals (92), fourth in three-point field goals made (114) and fifth in three-point field goals attempted (313).
Grant Displays Shooting Dead-Eye
Junior Maseo Grant has begun his UNC career in impressive fashion. In his first season since transferring from Waldorf (Iowa) College, the 6-7 forward has hit 71.1 percent (32-45) of his field goal attempts and 91.7 percent (22-24) of his free throw attempts. Through six games, he is averaging 14.3 points and 8.8 rebounds. In the Bears' last two games, Grant shot an incredible 84.6 percent (11-13) from the field and 91.7 percent (11-12) from the free throw line. Included in his 11 field goals was a game-winning jumper against Chadron State (Dec. 3).
Bears Add Another Grable
With Dean Grable already a key contributor on the squad, head coach Craig Rasmuson looked for another boost when he added twin brother Keith Grable to the team following the football season. All Keith Grable did was earn first team all-conference honors and first team all-region honors as a wide receiver on UNC's North Central Conference championship football team. Keith will add depth at shooting guard and small forward.
Blue & Gold Luncheon
Head coach Craig Rasmuson, as well as all in-season coaches, will speak at the weekly Blue & Gold Luncheon every Monday at the Eighth Street Grill (701 8th Street). The luncheon begins at noon and costs $7, which includes a choice of entree and beverage. The Blue & Gold Luncheons are open to the public. NOTE: There will be no luncheon Dec. 20 and Dec. 27 due to the holidays. The Blue & Gold Luncheon will resume Monday, Jan. 3.
Following this week's action, the Bears have 13 days off before returning to action at the Metro State Classic Dec. 28-29 in Denver. UNC will face Colorado-Colorado Springs Monday, Dec. 28 at 5 p.m. and Metro State Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. The Bears' next home game is Sunday, Jan. 2, when the North Central Conference schedule begins with North Dakota (8 p.m.).
Northern Colorado Probable Starters No. Pos. Name PPG RPG 44 G Dean Grable (6-0, 220, Sr.) 13.7 2.7 21 G Carlos Martinez (5-8, 162, Sr.) 12.8 2.8 45 C Mike Sehringer (6-7, 220, Jr.) 9.5 5.7 24 F Pierre Elize (6-3, 205, Sr.) 16.8 6.8 42 F Maseo Grant (6-7, 212, Jr.) 14.3 8.8
Chadron State Probable Starters No. Pos. Name PPG RPG 3 G Tim Kamerzell (6-3, So.) 6.3 2.0 20 G Bret Bondegard (5-11, Sr.) 6.4 3.3 23 F Otis Frazier (6-3, Sr.) 22.0 7.3 32 F Kweemada King (6-4, Sr.) 30.0 4.6 42 F Zak Kennedy (6-5, Jr.) 8.1 5.1