Lumberjack Basketball Hosts Weber State and Idaho State This Week
Where: vs. Weber State (10-6, 7-1 Big Sky)
Flagstaff, Ariz. • Walkup Skydome
When: Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m.
All-Time Series: WSU leads 72-26
Where: vs. Idaho State (7-10, 4-4 Big Sky)
Flagstaff, Ariz. • Walkup Skydome
When: Feb. 1 at 3 p.m.
All-Time Series: ISU leads 50-42
Radio: KBTK 105.1 FM
Money Radio 1510 AM & 99.3 FM
Sodexo Lumberjack Radio Network
Play-by-play - Mitch Strohman
Analyst - Dave Brown
Sideline – Kara Hammer
Audio Stream: www.BigTalkerRadio.com
Video Stream: www.NAU-TV.com and www.WatchBigSky.com
Live Stats: www.NAUAthletics.com
TV: WSU: (Tape Delay) FSAZ & FCS Pacific 1/31 @ 7PM
ISU: FOX Sports AZ, FOX College Sports Central
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona (8-11, 5-3 Big Sky) men's basketball team will host Weber State (10-6, 7-1 Big Sky) on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. The Lumberjacks will face Idaho State (7-10, 4-4 Big Sky) on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Walkup Skydome.
Thursday's game will pair NAU against the top team in the league for the second straight week. Weber State leads the league in scoring defense in conference-only games, while NAU ranks third in scoring offense in the league. Both teams like to score in the low 70's, so Thursday should make for an exciting game.
Idaho State ranks fourth in the league in scoring defense and first in field goal percentage defense. The Bengals average 68.6 points per game, but are 1-8 away from home this season.
Northern Arizona is 3-0 in league play at home and is the only team in the Big Sky with two road wins. The Lumberjacks will be matched up against Weber State on Thursday. The Wildcats are tied for first in the league, but are 1-1 in conference road games. Junior guard Quinton Upshur leads NAU in home games with 16.0 points per game. Junior guard Aaseem Dixon (13.5 ppg), senior forward Max Jacobsen (13.0 ppg) and junior guard Gaellan Bewernick (10.0 ppg) round out the double digit scorers at home.
Breaking Down Weber State
Weber State has won the last 11 matchups. WSU leads the all-time series 72-26, while NAU is 20-26 versus the Wildcats in Flagstaff. The Wildcats are on a five-game win streak and are tied for first in the Big Sky with Northern Colorado. Both teams boast a 7-1 league record. WSU averages 71.4 points per game. Davion Berry leads WSU with 17.9 ppg and 4.1 rpg.
Breaking Down Idaho State
Northern Arizona has won the last two meetings versus Idaho State. The Bengals lead the all-time series 50-42, but NAU holds the edge in Flagstaff, 28-16. The Bengals (7-10) are in a three-way tie for fifth place with a 4-4 Big Sky record. ISU defeated Montana State in its last outing, 69-64. The Bengals average 70.6 points per game. Chris Hansen leads ISU with an average of 17.4 ppg.
• The Jacks are third in the Big Sky with a 5-3 league record. NAU is the only school to win two games on the road in conference play.
• NAU's win over Portland State on Jan. 18 marked the first time NAU began Big Sky play 5-1 since the 2007-08 season.
• NAU stunned reigning Big Sky Champion Montana on Jan. 2 to hand the Grizzlies their first conference loss in Dahlberg Arena in 31 games. The win was NAU's third straight Big Sky opening win.
• Quinton Upshur leads NAU with 15.5 points per game.
• Upshur, Max Jacobsen, Aaseem Dixon, Gaellan Bewernick and Kris Yanku have all scored 20 or more points in a single game this season.
• The Lumberjacks were picked to finish seventh in the Big Sky Conference by the media and ninth by the league coaches.
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