Northern Colorado matches up against Montana State in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky Tournament at Dahlberg Arena on Thursday. The game tips off at 10 p.m. EST. The Bears beat the Bobcats 85-72 on Feb. 9 and are 7-3 against them over the last four years.
In their last outing, behind 18 points and 10 rebounds from Derrick Barden, the Bears defeated Southern Utah 66-58 on Mar. 7. He leads the team in points with 13.6 per game, rebounds with 9.1 per game, and steals with 1.2 per game. For the Bobcats, Christian Moon finished with 23 points in the 71-55 win over Sacramento State on Mar. 9. He leads the team with 13.8 points per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Montana State is strong in turnover percentage at 17.2. This is good enough for first in the conference and 32nd in the nation.
StatSmack! Northern Colorado is better than Montana State
The Northern Colorado three-point leader (Tate Unruh, 87 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Montana State three-point leader (Christian Moon, 43 three-pointers).
Northern Colorado has a better overall winning percentage over the last five years (52.6 percent to 45.0 percent).
Even computers respect Northern Colorado more. Northern Colorado has a better RPI this season than Montana State (RPI: No. 275 vs. No. 310).
Northern Colorado is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Northern Colorado is 76.2 inches compared to 74.5 inches for Montana State.