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Nanooks hoops teams debut at Blue/Gold scrimmage tonight

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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 11:32 pm | Updated: 11:52 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Women’s coach Cody Burgess and men’s coach Mick Durham will unveil their Alaska Nanooks’ basketball teams tonight in Blue/Gold scrimmages at the Patty Center.

The women are scheduled to tip-off at 5:30 p.m. and the men will take the court at 7.

Both squads feature numerous new players, so the coaches are looking to see how the newcomers will react in game situations.

“We really want to play a live game with officials, the scorer’s table and things like that,” Burgess said Wednesday afternoon. “It’s helps simulate live situations and is the next step in the progression to develop team concepts.”

Burgess said the women’s game most likely will be played in two

20-minute halves with a running clock. She’ll have the team on the same bench.”

“I want to be able to coach them,” said Burgess, who is in third season at the helm of the Nanooks. “I want to see their competitiveness and I want the top kids to show us what they are made of.”

Burgess and her players are antsy to take the court in a game situation.

“We’re getting to the stage to where we want to see outside competition,” she said. “We want to work the kinks out and see the things we need to work on for next week’s game.”

The Alaska women open the season at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Patty Center against the Colorado School of Mines.

Durham, beginning his second year as head coach of the men’s team, will be putting the Nanooks through their second scrimmage with live game officials.

“We’re kind of plugging along right now,” he said. “We’re sorting through who will be on the traveling team, who will redshirt, who will get court time and getting all our stuff (systems) in.”

Durham said he’s not sure how he will set up the teams tonight or how long each half will last.

The Alaska men open the season at 3 p.m. Nov. 9 against Colorado State-Pueblo at the AT&T Alascom Jamboree hosted by the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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