2/24/18: North Dakota preview
Before digging into the nuts and bolts of this contest, today brings another reminder of the fact that my tenure as “The Voice of the Bears” has taken in a lot of UNC history. It was 2003 when UNC traveled to Grand Forks to play North Dakota one final time as North Central Conference foes, and I was at the mic for the contest at Hyslop. Today marks the final North Dakota home game as a member of the Big Sky before moving to the Summit League next year. Current indications are that UNC and UND are not likely to meet again in non-conference play in the near future, so this will mark the final trip into Grand Forks **for now**.
UNC would look to have the edge on paper, but given the series of late has turned into games where one possession has effectively been the difference between winning and losing, be prepared for anything. The last time out, UND had two players score 50 of their 91–Geno Crandall and Connor Avants–but the game came down to Andre Spight’s halfcourt trey to end the game in overtime.
Northern Colorado needs to a better job today at keeping Avants from getting another double-double. If he gets anywhere near the 11 rebounds he tallied in the first meeting, UNC will have a tough day. The UND wild card is Cortez Seales, who averages 10 points an game overall, but has dinged UNC for an average 21ppg in the last two meetings.
The Bears will be without Chaz Glotta today, as he suffered a concussion in practice this week. Anthony Johnson becomes the UNC wild card, in my opinion, especially if he’s able to carry last weekend’s hot shooting touch into this contest.
I’ll talk to you at 1:35pm MT from Grand Forks as we tip off just after 2.