Monday, March 22, 2010

CIT Quarterfinal Preview: Pacific visits the land of Mork and Mindy

Nanoo Nanoo College hoops fans...there are 44 Division 1 men's basketball teams still playing basketball...and Pacific happens to be one of them. Tonight they visit the land of "Mork and Mindy", and play the University of Northern Colorado out of the Big Sky Conference in the Quarterfinals of the CIT. Here is the Spot's preview of tonight's match-up:

20-11 overall/9-6 on the road
3-6 vs. teams in the post-season (Wins vs. San Diego St., Nevada and Loyola Marymount)

Key Players:
Sam Willard 11.2 ppg/8.1 rpg
Demetrece Young 9.4 ppg/2.8 apg
Michael Nunally 7.8 ppg/4.2 rpg
Joe Ford...who cares about your numbers tonight Joe, just play defense!

Key off the Bench:
Allen Huddleston
Nykia Williams
Lavar Neufville

25-7 overall/13-1 at home
4-3 vs. teams in the post-season (wins over Montana, Portland, Colorado State & Weber State)

Key Players:
Will Figures 17 ppg/21.4 ppg last 4 games
Devon Beitzel 14.3 ppg
Taylor Montgomery 8.6 ppg
Mike Proctor 8.1 ppg

The Spot's take: The Bears will look to turn this game into an indoor track meet. They average 21st nationally in 3-point field goal percentage and boast wins this year over teams such as Colorado State, the Air Force Academy and Hawaii. Senior Guard Will Figures is the engine that runs this car, as he averages 17 points per game and is the stand out Senior leader on the team. The Bears average 2200 per game in their 2800 capacity on campus gym, which sits over 4000 ft. above sea level.

Pacific will have the inside size advantage in this game and must establish itself inside with Willard and Manteca's own Michael Nunally to control the tempo of the game. The main match up of the night will be Joe Ford's defense vs. Will Figure's offensive game. If Pacific can keep the Bears score in the 50's or 60's, a win in a very hostile environment is likely. If the Bears can force their tempo in the rarefied Rocky Mountain air, it won't be a pleasant trip to the land of Mork and Mindy for Pacific.

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