Mid-Indiana Conference play begins this Friday night at Richard R. Rea Stadium. The Northwestern Tigers visit their county rival, Western, as both teams search for their first victory of the 2013-14 season.
Northwestern and Western are very familiar with each other. They usually have the chance to face off twice each season because of the Howard County Tournament, and in recent history, the Old School Sectional. Western has won eight of the last nine games against Northwestern. Last season, the Panthers defeated the Tigers twice by the slim margin of only three points total between both games. Fans can expect to see the same nail-biting action this Friday night.
The Tigers and the Panthers match up very well. Both squads lost a good portion of their interior bulk last year to graduation. The size matchup will be virtually identical this year, as the two teams will sport guard-heavy lineups.
“This years Tigers team is made up of around ten players who all have similar basketball skills,” Northwestern’s head coach Jim Gish said. Early foul trouble from key starters forced coach Gish to go with some unusual lineups in their season opener loss to Madison Grant last week. Keeping starters out of foul trouble will not be the only goal for the Tigers Friday night. Northwestern looks to overcome their turnover woes from last week’s game. The Tigers accumulated a considerable sum of 25 turnovers total for the game.
The Western Panthers plan to resolve their rebounding problems that occurred during last week’s loss to Kokomo at Memorial Gymnasium. “[Last week’s game] confirmed we definitely need to work on rebounding,” Western’s coach Bart Miller said. “We were -18 in terms of second chance points, we were just not getting bodies on players. That is definitely something we are stressing this week in practice.”
While both teams aim to work out their beginning-of-the-season kinks, one team will walk away with their first win of the season and a very important conference victory. The winner will lock in their place as number one in the MIC for at least a week until next Friday’s slate of MIC matchups.
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