FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Northern Arizona basketball fans will get a first look at the 2010-11 edition of the Lumberjack men's basketball squad when it hosts Western New Mexico in an exhibition game on Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. at the Rolle Activity Center. Admission is free.
"We are real excited to play somebody else," said Head Coach Mike Adras. "To me the hardest part of our season is the first two and half weeks when we are practicing. It is going to be fun do it against an opponent."
The Lumberjacks have been practicing full time since their Oct. 15 start date in preparation for the season. Adras has four returning starters and 10 letter winners on a team that reached the Big Sky Conference Tournament last season. NAU finished 14-14 overall, 8-8 in the Big Sky Conference. Overall, NAU returns 87 percent of its scoring, including five of the top scorers and seven of the top eight, and 77 percent of the rebounds from the 2009-10 season.
"This is our one tune-up before it really starts next week against Iowa State," said Adras. "We are ahead of the game in my mind in terms of what we understand and know because of the 10 practices we had in the month of August in preparation for the Canadian trip."
Wednesday's exhibition game will be a lead-in to a schedule that begins on Nov. 12 at Iowa State in the Global Sports Hy-Vee Challenge.
"I expect there will be some very positive moments from this game and some where we don't know what we doing," said Adras. "This will give us a perspective of what we are good at right now and what we obviously need to get better at."