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UGF Men and Women Prepare for Last Weekend of Conference Play

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The UGF men are guaranteed a spot in the Frontier Conference tournament, while the Argo women have some work to do if they are to get in as well.

The easiest way for Bill Himmelberg's team to get into the post-season is to win both it's games, Thursday at Carroll, then Saturday at home against Rocky. The Argos are currently 5-9 in league, good for seventh place, a game behind both Carroll and Tech. There are other tie breaker scenarios that could play-in, but the Argos don't want to leave anything to chance. So, handling their business this weekend is the best way to ensure they will still be playing come playoff time.

"We gotta get a sweep this weekend. We gotta focus on Carroll first and Rocky second but these are two big games," Argos head coach Bill Himmelberg says.

"We need these two games to get into the playoffs. They're really big and we're just going to play as a team and try to get these two wins," Argos sophomore guard Darah Huertas-Vining adds.

"It would really be nice for us to get two so we don't have to worry about, well if Tech wins or loses. So it's exciting but we have to get it done and we have to be focused and ready to go," says Argos junior post Lindsey Abramson

So looking at the women's standings, the Argos are a game out of a playoff spot. If they finish with the same record as Carroll or Montana Tech, they are in the post-season because UGF beat second place L-C State, which is the best conference win amongst the three. If the Argos lose to Carroll on Thursday, they would need to beat winless Rocky on Saturday, then hope Tech gets swept by Western and Westminster to get in.

The UGF men are guaranteed a playoff spot, but where they will be seeded is still very much up in the air. Currently, the Argos are 7-7 and in fifth place. Steve Silsby's team ends the year Thursday at Carroll, then at home on Saturday against first place Rocky. The players say they really want to improve their seeding with two quality wins, but their coach says snapping their current two game slide and gaining momentum heading into the playoffs is what he's most concerned about.

"We definitely want to win out and get these last two wins. You always want to win on Senior night. Rocky is really tough and Carroll is tough too but it will be good to get two wins then go into the tournament with a higher seed," Argos senior forward Reid Tramelli says.

"I'm not so much worried about that as finishing up the year strong. We had a tough weekend last weekend, lost a couple close ones. You don't want to go into the conference tournament losing four in a row or something like that," Argos head coach Steve Silsby adds.

The UGF men could finish as high as fourth in the league, or as low as sixth. If they can pass Western for the fourth spot, UGF would host a playoff game. If they finish fifth or sixth, the Argos will be on the road.

Thursday's men's game at Carroll tips at 7:30. The women's game is at 5:30. The Northern men and women are both safely in the post-season and host Dickinson State Thursday night.

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