Northern Arizona vs. Weber State: Full Game Preview

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Northern Arizona vs. Weber State: Full Game Preview
Northern Arizona
(5-11, 2-7 away)
Weber State
(11-3, 6-1 home)
Venue: Dee Events Center
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, January 17, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Northern Arizona D Russell 16.2 G Bewernick 5.7 S Saldivar 3.9
Weber State D Berry 13.7 J Bolomboy 8.8 D Berry 3.7

Weber State welcomes Northern Arizona to Dee Events Center on Thursday. Tip-off is at 9:00 EST. The Wildcats are 8-0 against the Lumberjacks over the last four years. The last time they met (2/9/2012) they won 67-49.

Weber State is 1st in the Big Sky and Northern Arizona is in 7th. Both teams continue to jockey for position.

In their last match-up, Scott Bamforth finished with 17 points in the Wildcats 70-54 blowout of Idaho State on January 14th. While contributing 2.4 assists per game, he also scores 13.4 points per game. For the Lumberjacks, Max Jacobsen finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds in the 79-74 loss to Portland State on January 12th. He contributes 4.7 rebounds per game in addition to his 8.7 points per game.

In terms of team stats, Weber State has an advantage in two key areas. First, in field goal percentage, the Wildcats have an edge over the Lumberjacks, 50% to 41%. Additionally, Weber State has the advantage over Northern Arizona in scoring, 78 points per game to 66 points per game.

Northern Arizona StatSmack

  • You get an A for effort, but Weber State has emerged victorious against Northern Arizona the last 8 times they've played.
  • Weber State is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Weber State is 77.4 inches compared to 75.6 inches for Northern Arizona.
  • Weber State allows fewer rebounds (31.4 allowed per game vs 38.6 allowed per game) than Northern Arizona this season.
  • It must sting. Weber State has blown out Northern Arizona by 20 points or more on 5 occasions since 1998.
  • Kyle Tresnak is ranked 5th in the Big Sky in blocks.
  • Davion Berry is ranked 9th in the Big Sky in points and 7th in the Big Sky in assists.
  • The Weber State rebounding leader (Joel Bolomboy) has more rebounds than the Northern Arizona rebounding leader (Gaellen Bewernick).
  • Weber State is a better three-point shooting team (42.1% vs 31.2%) than Northern Arizona this season.
  • Weber State is better under pressure, and has defeated Northern Arizona in 6 out of the last 8 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
  • It's only wins and losses, but Weber State has a better overall record than Northern Arizona this season (7-3 vs 4-8).
  • Weber State does a better job contesting shots (38.4% allowed vs 46.9% allowed) than Northern Arizona this season.
NAU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Dewayne Russell 33 16 2 3 2 0 3
C Gabe Rogers 33 14 2 2 1 0 3
C S. Saldivar 29 6 5 4 1 0 2
C Max Jacobsen 22 9 4 1 1 1 1
C G. Bewernick 27 6 6 1 1 1 2
C- Michael Dunn 23 6 3 2 1 0 2
D Blake Hamilton 11 4 1 1 0 0 1
D Ben Olayinka 9 2 1 0 0 1 1
D Ephraim Ekanem 12 3 3 0 0 1 1
D Jordyn Martin 13 2 3 0 0 0 1
F Luis Flores 5 2 1 0 0 0 1
F Chris Heine 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
F Bryce Gosar 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
WEBER Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Davion Berry 31 14 4 4 1 0 2
B- Scott Bamforth 28 13 2 2 1 0 1
C+ Kyle Tresnak 22 11 5 0 0 1 2
C+ Joel Bolomboy 22 7 9 0 0 2 1
C J. Richardson 26 8 2 4 1 0 1
C Frank Otis 22 7 6 2 1 1 1
C G. Wheelwright 22 8 2 2 0 0 2
D+ Byron Fulton 9 3 2 0 0 0 0
D+ James Hajek 14 4 3 0 0 1 1
D+ Wayne Bradford 6 2 1 1 0 0 1
D Royce Williams 12 4 2 1 0 0 1
D Logan Foster 2 1 0 0 1 0 0
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