Northern Arizona vs. Montana: Full Game Preview

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Northern Arizona vs. Montana: Full Game Preview
Northern Arizona
(11-19, 5-12 away)
Montana
(22-6, 12-1 home)
Venue: Dahlberg Arena
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, March 09, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Northern Arizona G Rogers 18.3 S Saldivar 5.8 S Saldivar 4.9
Montana M Ward 14.8 K Jamar 6.0 W Cherry 4.4

Montana welcomes Northern Arizona to Dahlberg Arena on Saturday. Tipoff is at 9 p.m. EST. The Grizzlies defeated the Lumberjacks 62-56 on Dec. 19 and are 9-1 against them over the past four years.

Montana is in first place in the conference, Northern Arizona is in sixth place.

In a 63-52 triumph over Sacramento State on Mar. 7, Jordan Gregory put up 21 points for the Grizzlies. He is averaging 8.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. For the Lumberjacks, Gabe Rogers finished with 29 points in the 83-79 loss to Montana State on Mar. 7. He leads the team with 18.3 points per game.

Northern Arizona StatSmack

  • Montana has a better scoring defense (66.4 allowed per game vs. 75.2 allowed per game) than Northern Arizona this season.
  • Montana has a better conference record than Northern Arizona this season (17-1 vs. 8-10).
  • Montana has more wins over the last 5 years than Northern Arizona (120 vs. 78).
  • Montana is a better three-point shooting team (39.3 percent vs. 32.6 percent) than Northern Arizona this season.
  • Montana is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Montana is 203 lbs compared to 197 lbs for Northern Arizona.
  • Montana has a better record at home than Northern Arizona this season (11-1 vs. 6-6).
  • The Montana basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Northern Arizona (78 percent vs. 67 percent).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Montana currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (960 to 956) than Northern Arizona, per the NCAA.
  • Montana is a better free-throw-shooting team (77.1 percent vs. 67.3 percent) than Northern Arizona this season.
  • Mathias Ward is ranked 10th in the Big Sky in points.
  • Montana has a significantly better overall winning percentage over the last five years (69.7 percent to 39.3 percent).
NAU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Gabe Rogers 0 18 2 2 1 0 3
C+ Dewayne Russell 33 14 3 3 2 0 3
C S. Saldivar 32 7 6 5 1 0 2
C Max Jacobsen 22 9 5 1 1 1 1
C G. Bewernick 27 6 6 1 1 0 1
C- Michael Dunn 24 6 3 2 1 0 1
D Ben Olayinka 9 2 1 0 0 1 1
D Jordyn Martin 14 2 3 1 0 0 1
D Blake Hamilton 11 4 2 0 0 0 1
D Ephraim Ekanem 11 3 2 0 0 0 1
F Luis Flores 4 1 0 0 0 0 1
F Chris Heine 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
UM Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Kareem Jamar 35 14 6 4 1 1 3
B Will Cherry 33 13 4 4 2 0 3
C+ Mathias Ward 32 15 4 1 0 0 2
C Jordan Gregory 27 8 3 1 1 0 1
C Spencer Coleman 22 8 3 1 1 0 1
C Keron DeShields 22 7 2 2 1 0 1
C Michael Weisner 20 6 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Eric Hutchison 15 3 2 0 0 1 1
D+ Kevin Henderson 13 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Andy Martin 7 2 1 0 0 1 0
D Jake Wiley 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
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