Basketball Welcomes Eastern Washington and Portland State
Where: vs. Eastern Washington (7-8, 2-2 Big Sky)
Flagstaff, Ariz. • Walkup Skydome
When: Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m.
All-Time Series: NAU leads 34-26
Where: vs. Portland State (6-7, 1-3 Big Sky)
Flagstaff, Ariz. • Walkup Skydome
When: Jan. 18 at 3 p.m.
All-Time Series: PSU leads 22-18
Radio: KBTK 105.1 FM
Money Radio 1510 AM & 99.3 FM
Sodexo Lumberjack Radio Network
Audio Stream: www.BigTalkerRadio.com
Video Stream: www.NAU-TV.com and www.WatchBigSky.com
Live Stats: www.NAUAthletics.com
TV: (EWU) - FOX Sports AZ Plus, FOX Sports San Diego, FOX Sports Atlantic (JIP)
(PSU) - FOX Sports AZ, FOX College Sports Pacific
Play-by-play - Mitch Strohman
Analyst - Dave Brown
Sideline - Kara Hammer
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona (6-9, 3-1 Big Sky) men's basketball returns to the Walkup Skydome this week for Big Sky play. The Lumberjacks will face Eastern Washington on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., and then host Portland State on Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Lumberjacks are in a three-way tie for second place in the Big Sky standings. NAU is 1-0 at home in league play and 2-1 on the road. The Lumberjacks are on a two game win streak after cruising by Southern Utah Monday night in a 70-36 defeat over the Thunderbirds. Junior transfer Quinton Upshur leads NAU in scoring with an average of 14.1 points per game as NAU leads the league in scoring defense, three-point field goal percentage and blocked shots in Big Sky games.
Breaking Down Eastern Washington
Eastern Washington (7-8, 2-2 Big Sky) has won the last four meetings. NAU is 20-8 versus the Eagles in Flagstaff. The last time NAU beat EWU was on Feb. 16, 2011, when the Lumberjacks came away with an 83-74 victory. The Eagles are 7-8, 2-2 in league play, including a two game win streak. However, the Eagles are 2-7 away from home this season. Tyler Harvey leads the Eagles with an average of 20.3 ppg - second in the league. The Eagles average 74.5 points per game as a team for the second best average in the league.
Breaking Down Portland State
The last time Portland State (6-7, 1-3 Big Sky) and NAU played each other, the Lumberjacks won 79-72 on Feb. 7, 2013. NAU is 11-7 versus the Vikings in Flagstaff. NAU and PSU split the series last year with both teams winning on their home court. The Vikings are 6-7 overall and 1-3 in conference play as they are searching for their first road win of the season. Tim Douglas leads the Vikings with an average of 15.2 ppg - seventh in the Big Sky. The Vikings average 73.4 points per game as a team - fourth best in the Big Sky.
Fans can watch the game on FOX Sports AZ Plus and FOX Sports and/or listen to the game on KBTK 105.1 FM, MoneyRadio 1510 AM and 99.3 FM or online at www.BigTalkerRadio.com. Live video of the game can be found at www.NAU-TV.com and www.WatchBigSky.com.
• NAU stunned reigning Big Sky Champion Montana on Jan. 2 to hand the Grizzlies their first conference loss in Dahlberg Arena in 31 games. The win was NAU's third straight Big Sky opening win.
• NAU's win over Southern Utah on Monday night marked the first time NAU began Big Sky play 3-1 since the 2007-08 season.
• Quinton Upshur leads NAU with 14.1 points per game.
• The Lumberjacks were picked to finish seventh in the Big Sky Conference by the media and ninth by the league coaches - they're currently tied for second.
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