Denver squares off against Western Colorado

Western Colorado vs. Denver (1-2)

Magness Arena, Denver; Saturday, 3 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: The Denver Pioneers are set to battle the Mountaineers of Division II Western Colorado. Denver lost 97-56 at Utah State in its most recent game.

STEPPING UP: Ade Murkey has averaged 13.7 points and four rebounds this year for Denver. Jase Townsend is also a primary contributor, with 9.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.ADE IS ACCURATE: Through three games, Denver’s Ade Murkey has connected on 50 percent of the six 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also shooting 33.3 percent from the free throw line this season.

LAST MEETING: Denver scored 93 points and prevailed by 24 over Western Colorado when these two teams met during the 2018-19 season.

DID YOU KNOW: Denver went 4-9 overall against out-of-conference foes last season. The Pioneers put up 66.3 points per contest in those 13 contests.