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Big Challenges Ahead For Blugolds Basketball Teams

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UWEC men's basketball coach Matt Siverling UWEC men's basketball coach Matt Siverling
UWEC women's basketball coach Tonja Englund UWEC women's basketball coach Tonja Englund

Eau Claire (WQOW) -- Both UW-Eau Claire basketball teams will face UW-Oshkosh in WIAC action on Wednesday.

Despite a pair of losses last week, the UWEC men's basketball team still sits just one game out of sixth place in the WIAC, with the top six teams advancing to the conference tournament

Eau Claire has five games left in the WIAC regular season, so there's time to make up ground.  The Blugolds get three of those games at Zorn Arena, starting Wednesday night against UW-Oshkosh.  Eau Claire already has a road win over the Titans, 59-56, on January 9.

"When we went on our three-game winning streak," says Blugolds head coach Matt Siverling, "it started with Oshkosh, and we get a chance to play those guys at home, and hopefully we can get another winning streak going here. With five games left in the season, it's crunch time for us, we really need to get some W's here in order for us to make the playoffs, the conference tournament."

The UW-Eau Claire women currently sit in sixth place in the conference.   The Blugolds go on the road Wednesday to visit UW-Oshkosh, the WIAC's second-place team.  UWEC picked up a 52-46 win over the Titans back on January 9.

"Obviously, we're in a situation where we need to win games," says UWEC head coach Tonja Englund, "home, away, whatever it is at this point, and we've put ourselves in that situation, and so the reality is, it's good for a team to have your back up against the wall and you're going to have to win some games on the road, we're going to have to go to some places that are tough places to win on the road, and it'll be a great test for this team, absolutely."

The UW-Eau Claire women will play four of their final five games on the road.

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