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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Demons face big challenge

Northwestern State got a jump on traveling to Cookeville, Tenn., to play Tennessee Tech for its BracketBuster game this afternoon.

By the time I phoned head coach Mike McConathy Friday afternoon for a comment about the game, the team was already in Tennessee. I expected to get his voice mail with the team in transit.

The Demons face a stiff contest against a Tennessee Tech team that can pound the boards. The Golden Eagles are one of the best rebounding teams the Demons play this season, and the Demons have been inconsistent in that area.

"They go to the boards ferociously," McConathy said. "We just got to do a better job. We haven’t rebounded well of late.

Defensively we’ve got to do a better job of preventing dribble drives over the middle and in better position to block out and attack offensively."

Today's game could hold a key into the Demons' future when the Southland Conference tournament, and possibly NCAA Tournament, arrive. McConathy and his staff are keeping close eyes on the team's development through the season's final stages.

"Defensively, we've got to keep the ball on one side of the floor and not allow a lot of ball reversals," McConathy said.

"We need to really work on not getting beat over the top off the dribble, something in practice that we did a better job of (Friday) morning."


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