North Idaho College takes on Treasure Valley and over-confidence tonight.
The Chukars men (10-13 overall, 2-9 in the Scenic West Conference) will be without the league’s leading scorer, guard Jeremy Killion, who has a back injury.
Guard Ryan Rowbury will be absent because his father is having liver transplant surgery, and forward Jared Presser is questionable with a hand injury.
Add the fact that NIC thumped Treasure 123-75 last month and the Cards (18-2, 9-2) could be hardpressed to retain their focus.
NIC’s women (19-2, 9-2) defeated the Chukars 74-55 in January.
Treasure’s gym was damaged by a fire months ago, so the games will be played at the high school gym in Weiser, about 20 miles from TVCC’s campus in Ontario, Ore.
On Saturday, North Idaho’s men and women face College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls.
CSI’s men (13-10, 3-8) are struggling. CSI’s worst previous record was 16-14 in 1979-80.
No other CSI team had lost more than eight games until this year.
CSI’s women (18-5, 7-4) have faded after a fast start.
North Idaho College tangles with the nation’s 10th-ranked NAIA team, Central Washington, tonight at 7:30 at Christianson Gym.
NIC coach John Owen anticipates fine matchups at 118 pounds (NIC’s Dan Vega vs. Rich Wheeler), 134 (NIC’s Jessie Schaeffer vs. Layton Smiley), 150 (NIC’s Mark Janke vs. Tim Kitchen) and 167 (NIC’s Jason Moaney vs. Jerry Brummett).
This is NIC’s final match before the regional tournament next weekend in Clackamas, Ore.
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