Pointers host River Falls Saturday, visit Platteville Wednesday
By John Kemmeter
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) men’s basketball became one of five teams from the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) to be ranked in this week’s D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll, after it won on the road at UW-La Crosse to remain alone at the top of the conference.
The 25th-ranked Pointers (13-6, 7-1) bounced back from a loss at 18th-ranked UW-Oshkosh (15-4, 5-3) Wednesday, Jan. 24, by pulling away late for a 76-62 win at La Crosse (11-8, 3-5) Saturday, Jan. 27.
UWSP was set to play at home against 12th-ranked UW-Whitewater (15-4, 5-3) Wednesday, Jan. 31, and then will host 24th-ranked UW-River Falls (13-5, 4-4) at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, before it travels for a showdown at 20th-ranked UW-Platteville (16-3, 6-2) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7.
“We’re going to keep talking about the ‘next tough stretch,’ because that’s the way it’s going to be all the way through,” said UWSP men’s basketball head coach Bob Semling. “There are no easy games, Stout and Eau Claire have a very good nonconference record, and yet they’re teams that are on the bottom of our league, and they’re both really good teams that could have a say in who wins this Conference Title
“So, you have to prepare the same for everybody, you can’t be too up or too down, you have to put 80 good minutes together every week, and our guys I think are pretty clear about that,” he said. “You can’t get up to play somebody and think that that’s going to be the tough game, and then show up three days later and think that this is going to be the easier game and not be prepared, because you don’t know what night is going to be the greatest challenge in this league this year, so you better be ready every time you step on the court.”
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