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Big Sky semifinal matchups are set

Posted on: March 7, 2011 9:19 am
Edited on: March 7, 2011 9:20 am
 
Way out west, the seeding has held true to form. The Big Sky tournament semifinals match No. 1 seed Northern Colorado (19-10, 13-3) with No. 4 Northern Arizona (19-11, 9-7), while No. 2 Montana (20-9, 12-4) will get another shot at No. 3 Weber State (18-11, 11-5). The semifinals and final will all be played at Northern Colorado's Butler-Hancock Athletic Center, starting Tuesday, March 8.

Damian Lillard and Will Cherry battle for a loose ball in the 2010 Big Sky tourneyAs the two top seeds, NoCo and Montana have yet to play a tourney game. They have been rewarded with the extra rest that a first-round bye imparts, and will get their feet wet on Tuesday.

Weber State got to this point by defeating the league's upset kings, the Eastern Washington Eagles, in a Saturday quarterfinal. EWU had almost single-handedly set the postseason seedings by closing out wins over Montana and Weber State to finish the regular season, and had their eye on doing the same to the Wildcats in the tournament. The Eagles ran up a 15-point advantage on Weber State that lasted into the second half, before junior forward Kyle Bullinger got on his horse, finishing with 26 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals to advance his team one step closer to a hoped-for Big Dance invitation.

Northern Arizona's road to the semis was eerily similar, as the Lumberjacks overcame a 16-point deficit to Montana State thanks to the heroics of two high-scoring players. Guard Cameron Jones scored 27, and reserve Eric Platt added 20, including a late game go-ahead three pointer that secured the eventual win.

In the regular season, Northern Colorado defeated the Lumberjacks by ten on the road and just one at home. Montana split the season series with Weber State, also experiencing success away from home.

Players to watch:

Devon Beitzel, 6-foot-1 senior guard, Northern Colorado

Neal Kingman, 6-7 senior forward, Northern Colorado

Brian Qvale, 6-11 senior center, Montana

Will Cherry, 6-1 sophomore guard, Montana

Kyle Bullinger, 6-6 junior forward, Weber State

Lindsey Hughey, 6-3 senior guard, Weber State

Cameron Jones, 6-4 senior guard, Northern Arizona

Stallon Saldivar, 6-1 sophomore guard, Northern Arizona


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Postedy by Eric Angevine

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Since: Jun 16, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 3:49 am
 

Big Sky semifinal matchups are set

The remaining tournament is going to be interesting, no clear winner. Northern Arizona ranks number one in 3's, Montana returns many starter from last year and have a true center in Ovale (for a low-major team, that's impressive), Northern Colorado brings everyone from last year, but a new coach, and Weber State. I picked Northern Colorado to win it all in Big Sky as my preseason, so all those losses may be due to the new coach. Now they are heating up.



Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2011 9:48 pm
 

Big Sky semifinal matchups are set

FYI ... it is UNC ... not NoCo.


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