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Post by Stonehouse on Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:23 pm

Oh man... the snow has distracted us all. We've got a game tonight, people!!!

Pilots (5-3) @ Northern Colorado (2-5)
6:30 Pacific Time
Free Live Video!: http://bigskytv.org/
Live Audio (TAPE DELAYED to 7:00 PM): http://www.portlandpilots.com/sports/2008/8/18/GEN_0818085512.aspx?
Not sure, but it looks like no live stats.

Watch out on that audio... looks like it's being delayed til 7, probably for 970AM.

Here's the game preview from UP:
http://www.portlandpilots.com/news/2008/12/16/MBB_1216085516.aspx

And from Northern Colorado:
http://uncbears.com/sports/m-baskbl/2008-09/news/121508_mbk_gdnotes_portland

This will be a good test for the Pilots... Northern Colorado isn't great, but they did play Oregon very tough in Eugene (lost by only two and had a shot to win) and were competitive with Colorado State, San Diego State, and Air Force. So they aren't pushovers by any stretch.

A game like this is one the Pilots "should" win... but road games like this are always tough. If we win - even if it's closer than we'd like - that is a very good thing. Our team is still getting used to playing road games that they are "supposed" to win... sounds kind of silly, but it's an important step to learn how to go into a game on the road expecting to win and to actually pull it out. It's a sign of growth, maturity, and mental toughness.

Just looking at their roster, Northern Colorado's biggest guy is a 6'8" freshman who doesn't play much. They have one guy over 6'1" that plays over 13 minutes a game - 6'7" Jabril Banks, who is their leading scorer (13 a game). And both their guards are under 6 foot. So... we should definitely have a height advantage. I really hope we can actually pound it in the paint and make something of it rather than having to adjust to them. I think we struggled with that a bit against Eastern Washington.

Looks like Niedermeyer will be out again - bummer. I think we really miss him out there, though BJ has done a fine job with his opportunities. Not only does he have good height, but he adds shooting, toughness, hustle, and athleticism... those are things we really miss when he's not playing.

Anyway... should be a good game. I expect it to be close, but I'm hopeful that the Pilots can get a solid road win.

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Re: Pilots vs Northern Colorado

Post by Stonehouse on Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:32 pm

Forgot to mention... Northern Colorado will be playing its second game without Jefferson Mason, their starting small forward. He transferred away before their last game against Creighton. Ouch. So they will likely be experimenting with some different lineups.

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Post by Rob's Jacket on Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:29 pm

This is a game that we need to win if we're really going to step out of mediocrity, make a statement, and finish with a winning season. Bring it home, boys!

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Post by onetouchfutbol on Tue Dec 16, 2008 6:07 pm

BYU's home winning streak showed that they were pretty tough, and EWU has has some suprisingly close games with Gonzaga in recent years as well as turning out a real stud recently in Rodney Stuckey. This sounds more like a game that we should win. Hopefully, we can start fast instead of playing catch up. I think that's key.

Go Pilots! oh my

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Post by Rob's Jacket on Tue Dec 16, 2008 6:11 pm

Count me in as a big fan of Big Sky TV.

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Post by Rob's Jacket on Tue Dec 16, 2008 6:51 pm

I count four open shots that TJ has passed up so far.

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Post by mattywizz on Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:04 pm

Stonehouse, you are my hero. The wife and I are now sitting on the floor in our new living room, stealing internet from our neigbor, watching the game and playing cards because we have no TV or furniture in the new house. Go Pilots! Plus now I get to see if Murf really is at the game!

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Post by Rob's Jacket on Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:13 pm

I've watched two games so far this year: EWU and now this. Is it me?

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Re: Pilots vs Northern Colorado

Post by Stonehouse on Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:13 pm

42-33 Northern Colorado at half. Pilots have their work cut out for them.

And MattyWizz, I am so proud to be your hero... hopefully it's single digits outside in the great Badger State to top it all off.

And seriously... is Murph there? Awesome!

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Post by Geezaldinho on Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:16 pm

This is why I hate that spawn of Satan, Ken Pomeroy..

64% chance of winning.

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Post by Stonehouse on Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:53 pm

Finally tied it at 60-60!!! Six minutes to go...

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Post by onetouchfutbol on Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:54 pm

Our record without Ethan is not good. It's humbling. Crying or Very sad Hopefully, we'll have some second half fight...

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Post by onetouchfutbol on Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:55 pm

That's more like it. The live tv link isn't working for me...

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Post by Stonehouse on Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:57 pm

Bah... four point play for them. 69-65, and they've got a guy going to the line. 3:40 remaining. Ugh.

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Post by Stonehouse on Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:02 pm

UNC misses both free throws, then Smeulders with back-to-back buckets... 69-69! 2:11 to go.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:02 pm

tied at 69. I hate these kinds of games on the road,

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Post by Stonehouse on Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:07 pm

72-69 UNC... Pilots have the ball, 50 seconds left. Ah!

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Post by Stonehouse on Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:09 pm

Crud... Kramer missed a gimmie layup, now we're down by 4.

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Post by Stonehouse on Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:13 pm

Hanging in there... down 73-71, 35 seconds left, UNC ball.

Come on Pilots!!!

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Post by onetouchfutbol on Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:14 pm

Hard to see UNC posted and think Northern Colorado instead of Carolina...LOL. lol!

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Post by Stonehouse on Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:15 pm

I know... I've been cracking up at that.

75-73 now, 17 seconds to go, UNC ball. Ah!

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Post by Stonehouse on Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:16 pm

AHHHHHHHH! Nearly stolen by the Pilots... instead, free throws for UNC with 10 seconds. Damn.

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Post by Stonehouse on Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:17 pm

UGH... Stohl had a shot to tie it at the end, missed, Campbell got the rebound, made his shot, but it got waived off. Just killer.

76-73 the final. Crap.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:17 pm

Gaaaaahh! made shot after the buzzer

Back to the drawing board.

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Post by onetouchfutbol on Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:19 pm

Is Ethan out for one more game?

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