Northern Colorado Bears 3-3, 1-2 Away @ Colorado State Rams 5-0, 3-0 Home
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Last year, the Bears and the Rams were suppose to play each other early in the season but covid issues derailed that game (and provided a bit of drama along the way). They kicked the can on down the road hoping to get the contest in at a later date but yet again, covid prevented the NOCO match up from taking place.
Now, knocking on wood of course, both teams are set to play the Saturday after Thanksgiving and while one team seams to be far superior at this stage of the season, it’s always awesome to see local teams we cover on The Hull Show go at it.
Colorado State has BIG goals in mind for the 2021/22 season and so far so good. The Rams are 5-0 just ahead of their Paradise Jam Championship game on Monday, November 29th. Coach Niko Medved has his entire team playing exceptionally well early on and David Roddy is absolutely crushing anyone that stands in his way. He has scored 65 points in 2 games including 36 against Creighton. We already knew he was a special player but he’s playing like a man possessed and I’m not sure anyone can slow him down.
Meanwhile, the UNC Bears are 3-3, losing their last two to both Texas and California Baptist. Their second half effort against a top 10 team in the country in the Longhorns was admirable but knowing Coach Steve Smiley, I’m sure this team isn’t thrilled with a .500 start 6 games in. Daylen Kountz has been by far the Bears best player while the emergence of Kur Jongkuch in the paint has been huge for UNC. Bodie Hume, a former Big Sky Freshman of the year, has not played like we know he’s capable of and that’s certainly something to be concerned about. If the Bears want to be a top team in their conference they’ll need Hume to find his touch.
CSU should win on Saturday but if Northern Colorado’s studs like Hume, Kountz, Jongkuch, Matt Johnson and Dalton Knecht can play at a high level, it could be a fun one in Moby Arena.