It’s going to take a roster to learn all the new faces on the University of Northern Colorado men’s basketball team.
However, if progressing familiarity breeds success, coach B.J. Hill’s bunch might be alright.
There will be obstacles, though.
Hill said that the Bears will face the “second toughest” schedule in his six seasons as the team’s coach.
That starts with tonight’s 6 p.m. game at No. 4 Kansas University at the renowned Allen Fieldhouse and hopefully ends with a trip to the NCAA Championships.
Inbetween, there’s a big learning curve awaiting the Bears, who lost 1,000-point scorers Tevin Svihovec and Tim Huskisson to graduation.
…Playing against a storied program like KU will be a tall task to open the season.
“I want to see a team that doesn’t back down,” Hill said. “I want to see a team that takes everything we’ve worked on in practice and carry it over to the game.
“If they can do that in the KU environment and in that venue ... it will tell me a lot about what they could do the rest of the season.”