Mens Basketball Hosts Hot Northern Colorado Squad Saturday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The
Northern Arizona men’s basketball team will look for its
first Big Sky Conference win of the season against a hot and
nationally-ranked Northern Colorado team Saturday at 6:35 p.m. at
the Walkup Skydome.
“They are head and shoulders above everybody right now,” said Head Coach Mike Adras of Northern Colorado. “They are playing very well and are a good team. They have won a lot of road games. They are the hottest team in our league and we are hoping home court advantage will mean a lot for us.”
Northern Colorado (12-3) is ranked No. 19 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. It is the highest-ever NCAA Division I ranking for the Bears and marks a school-record six straight weeks that the Bears have been considered one of the nation's top teams. They received 193 votes in this week's poll to come in just ahead of No. 20 Portland.
NAU and Northern Colorado have met nine previous times with NAU holding a 6-3 edge. The home team has won seven consecutive times in the series. NAU is 4-0 all-time against UNC. The last three games in the series have been decided by a total of eight points.
Junior Cameron Jones has extended his game beyond the three-point line of late. He has made 8 three-pointers over the last four games after making just five over the first nine games. He hit a career-best tying four three-pointers against Northern New Mexico, equaling his career best set against Northern Colorado last season.
The game can be seen on Big Sky Television and heard on the Lumberjack Radio Network on KAFF AM 930 in Flagstaff.