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Northern Colorado (18-12) at Weber State (17-11)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Friday, March 14, 9 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Dee Events Center (11,500) -- Ogden, Utah. Television: None. Home Record: UNC 13-2, WSU 12-2. Away Record: UNC 4-10, WSU 5-9. Neutral Record: UNC 1-0, WSU 0-0. Conference Record: UNC 11-9, WSU 14-6. Series Record: Weber State leads, 12-4.

GAME NOTES: Unlike most of the conference tournaments in college basketball, the Big Sky rewards the top performing team during the regular season by offering that squad an opportunity to host the event.

That's where top-seeded Weber State comes in tonight, as it takes on the Northern Colorado Bears in the semifinals at the Dee Events Center.

The Wildcats, winners of this event a total of eight times, dominated the competition during the regular season, at least in the conference, as they built a 14-6 record in Big Sky action after having a rough start to the non- conference schedule. Should WSU win tonight, it would mean a third straight appearance in the championship round of the tourney, after losing each of the last two years to Montana.

As for the sixth-seeded Bears, a team which won the title back in 2011 but is still only 4-3 in the tourney all-time, they scored an upset in the quarterfinals on Thursday night with a 62-60 triumph over third-seeded Northern Arizona.

In terms of the all-time series between the squads, Weber State leads by a count of 12-4 after they both won on their home floor during the regular season. The Wildcats posted a 79-65 victory here in Ogden in February.

The winner of this meeting heads to the finals on Saturday to face the survivor of the Portland State/North Dakota battle for the right to play in the NCAA Tournament.

Derrick Barden's layup with just over two minutes remaining in regulation on Thursday gave the Bears a four-point advantage against Northern Arizona and eventually proved to be the game-winning score in the close call with the Lumberjacks. Barden finished the meeting with 15 points, shooting 7-of-11 from the floor, followed by Tevin Svihovec and Tate Unruh with 14 and 12 points, respectively, for a squad that connected on 46.2 percent from the floor and just 4-of-12 behind the 3-point line.

Barden continues to head a list of double-digit scorers at this stage of the campaign with his 13.8 ppg, thanks to his impressive 58.1 percent shooting from the floor. Unruh follows with 12.7 ppg, courtesy of 41.7 percent accuracy out behind the 3-point line.

Weber State's Davion Berry was named the league's most valuable player by the coaches as he ranked third in the conference in scoring (19.2 ppg) and also accounted for 4.5 rpg and 4.0 apg, on his way to being a unanimous All-Big Sky First Team selection. Kyle Tresnak (11.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg) was named to the All- Big Sky Second Team, while Joel Bolomboy was recognized as the Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year. Bolomboy (8.8 ppg) often sacrificed his own offense in order to provide the team with a huge presence in the paint (10.9 rpg). Picking up Freshman of the Year honors was Jeremy Senglin (11.3 ppg) who shot 40.7 percent behind the 3-point line for Weber State, as they bounced back from a weak opening to the season.

Thanks to the added time to rest and the ability to enjoy familiar surroundings, as well as a biased crowd, expect to see the Wildcats take advantage of all those benefits as they advance in the tourney.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Weber State 73, Northern Colorado 64

03/14 10:39:37 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
UWGB 66
ECU 49
3rd
CHA 66
LAC 78
 
3rd
CHA 66
LAC 78
 
3rd
CLE 78
ORL 53
 
3rd
PHI 77
POR 89
 
Half
TOR 54
PHO 48
 
2nd
HOU 34
NYK 28
 
1st
DAL 2
IND 2
 
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UTA
CHI
Final
UWGB 66
ECU 49
Final
WEBER 59
NEV 56
Final
FRES 52
EVAN 58
Final
KYST 88
PURD 79
Final
LSU 61
CLEM 64
Final
ALCOR 95
DILL 73
 
Final
CHIST 46
UGST 69
Final
DET 69
MDES 55
 
Final
ARZ 72
MIZZ 53
 
Final
INDST 61
PEAY 57
 
Final
FLGC 58
MAR 43
 
Final
LALAF 52
UWMIL 56
 
Final
ODU 58
GWEBB 46
 
2nd
MD 66
ARST 62
 
2nd
TOL 67
BUCK 40
 
2nd
JMU 65
COL 62
 
2nd
WINT 49
ETST 50
 
2nd
GSOUT 62
FIU 53
 
2nd
BST 77
GRAM 40
 
2nd
APP 59
HAMP 51
 
2nd
MAST 80
JVU 55
 
2nd
XAV 78
MURST 50
 
2nd
WAKE 58
NICST 24
 
2nd
MSU 57
SCU 27
 
2nd
LOU 71
SAV 17
 
2nd
TENT 74
SELA 58
 
2nd
VCU 41
VILL 57
 
2nd
OU 60
WCU 59
 
2nd
IND 46
EWASH 39
 
1st
ILL 28
BRO 21
 
1st
MSST 27
CLAYST 15
 
1st
BEL 25
LIP 23
 
1st
TCU 47
MVSU 15
 
1st
IOWA 32
PEPP 24
 
1st
MEM 31
PVU 21
 
1st
KU 41
RIDE 15
 
1st
BAY 26
STEPH 19
 
1st
INCWORD 37
A 28
 
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USF 10
HAW 8
 
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OKST 9
ORST 8
 
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WYO
FAM
 
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MARQ
YALE
 
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PITT
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ILLST
SHU
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NMST
STET
 
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ISU
ALA
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CHADRON
 
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OREG
MICH
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SDU
WMICH
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PORST
SIUE
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AUB
TULSA
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SDST
BYU
2nd Intermission
NYI 0
PHI 0
 
2nd
BOS 2
PIT 2
 
2nd
FLA 0
MIN 2
 
2nd
DET 1
OTT 1
 
3rd
BUF 14
NYJ 3
 
1st
NOS 0
BAL 0