NCU men’s basketball team looks for a repeat appearance in the UMAC playoffs
The North Central men’s basketball team continues to impress this season, currently sitting in the top four of the UMAC standings. Due to a number of impact players, the Rams have been able to defeat St. Scholastica, UM Morris and Northwestern so far this season.
Pivotal to any team’s success is leadership. Senior captain, Cody Martin, has played a major role for the team, averaging 11.8 and 5.4 assists per game. In his final season as a Ram, Martin has high hopes for what the team can accomplish in the remainder of the season.
“We have a lot of work to do, but I definitely think we can win our first ever conference championship,” Martin said. Perhaps the biggest thrill for the Rams so far was their upset victory over UMAC stronghold Northwestern in dramatic fashion. The Rams led most of the game and were able to keep their composure despite a late comeback surge from the Eagles. Martin led the team with 18 points and 5 assists in a 76-73 victory.
Unfortunately, history would not repeat itself a second time as the Eagles convincingly flew past the Rams 93-79.
Another player to make his mark on the NCU basketball team is freshman player Jared High. Like Martin, High believes the team can achieve a lot this season.
“We’ve seen what we are capable of in the first part of the season and we just have to trust our system in order to continue our success,” High shared.
In his first year of college basketball, High has led the team multiple times in field goal and 3-point conversion percentage.
“I’m excited to be doing so well my freshman year. I was not expecting to have a year like this and it has given me a lot of confidence,” High said. “I’m going to use it to carry me through the rest of the season and the future.”
The Rams are in the home stretch of their 2015/2016 campaign and look to carry their recent success into the postseason. After a convincing, 104-75 victory against Bethany Lutheran, the Rams are on track to seal another appearance in the UMAC conference playoffs.
The Rams continued their quest, securing a 94-75 win against Martin Luther on Saturday night.
A handful of vital games still remain for the Rams still ahead against Scholastica and Superior to close out the regular season.