Montana State seeks revenge on N. Arizona
Northern Arizona (9-18, 7-10) vs. Montana State (12-14, 9-7)
Max Worthington Arena, Bozeman, Montana; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Northern Arizona goes for the season sweep over Montana State after winning the previous matchup in Flagstaff. The teams last met on Dec. 31, when the Lumberjacks shot 44.1 percent from the field while limiting Montana State’s shooters to just 42.1 percent on the way to the 74-68 victory.
TEAM LEADERSHIP: Montana State’s Tyler Hall has averaged 20 points and 4.2 rebounds while Harald Frey has put up 16.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists. For the Lumberjacks, Bernie Andre has averaged 13.7 points and 8.1 rebounds while Carlos Hines has put up 12.5 points.
FUELING THE OFFENSE: Hall has made or assisted on 44 percent of all Montana State field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for 24 field goals and 13 assists in those games.
SCORING THRESHOLDS: Northern Arizona is 0-11 when its offense scores 73 points or fewer. Montana State is a perfect 7-0 when it holds opponents to 72 or fewer points.
ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Bobcats have recently gotten baskets via assists more often than the Lumberjacks. Montana State has 47 assists on 85 field goals (55.3 percent) over its past three matchups while Northern Arizona has assists on 39 of 78 field goals (50 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: Northern Arizona has committed a turnover on just 16.6 percent of its possessions this season, which is the second-best percentage among all Big Sky teams. The Lumberjacks have turned the ball over only 11.6 times per game this season.