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Western Men Face Stiff Test Against No.1 Northwest

Griffons have lost seven of the last eight in the series but look to stop the bleeding on Wednesday night.

Posted: Dec. 4, 2017 5:04 PM
Updated: Dec. 4, 2017 5:18 PM


Rivalry week brings out the best in any teams at every level. For the Missouri Western men's kasetball team, they will need to bring their very best on Wednesday night as they host defending national champion, and current Division II No. 1 Northwest.

It's an amazing opportunity for the Griffons, but by no means will it be easy.

The Bearcats are averaging 80.9 points per game and getting it done on defense as well, allowing 60.2 points per game.

Northwest is led by senior Justin Pitts. The point guard is averaging 23.4 points a contest an 5.4 assists. No team they have played has been able to slow him down, and face a conundrum on who exactly to key on.

"The biggest question is, what do you do with Pitts, and no one has found the answer to that and so whatever game plan that you do, it would start with him," Western head coach Brett Weiberg said. "What are you going to try to take away from him and let the other guys do, or do you try and take the other guys away and just let him get his, type thing. There's no easy answer to that question."

Northwest and Missouri Western will get underway at 7:30 p.m., following the conclusion of the women's game at 5:30 p.m. at the MWSU Fieldhouse.

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