Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Northern Colorado Is Better Than Its Record...

... Says Bob Meseroll of The Missoulian.

I realize they played nine of their first 12 games on the road, so there’s the distinct possibility that this group hasn’t learned how to close out games, but I can’t see that lasting much longer. UNC (1-5 in league, 3-11 overall) will be the team no one wants to play in the postseason tournament … provided the Bears get there.

There’s a wealth of talent, at least in the starting five.
That last line of the first paragraph is the big caveat... UNC has the talent to give people fits, especially with their offensive ability. But, they are 1-5 in Big Sky play, and my guess is at least 8 conference wins will be needed to make the conference tournament.

They have played the toughest conference schedule so far, so that will balance things out a little bit. They are getting better offensively, as shown with seven turnovers in a loss to Montana last weekend. But they need to improve defensively - where they are 324th in the country in defensive efficiency.

If they can shore things up defensively, they can still be the third best team in the Big Sky, as I predicted before the year. But so far, they have shown they still have a ways to go.

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1 comment:

  1. Northern Colorado played very poorly in Pocatello. I was surprised that they were that bad given their recent history. Maybe, they can turn it around.