It’s a game rich in history. Filled with pride. A game to remember every time it’s played. The Rivalry: Northwest Nazarene versus The College of Idaho.
The United Heritage Mayor’s Cup rivalry is renewed on Tuesday, Nov. 5, when the NNU men’s basketball team travels to Caldwell to take on the Coyotes in the 195th meeting between the two Canyon County schools.
The oldest college basketball rivalry in the state of Idaho began in 1934, and since that time no team has ever won eight straight – until this year? Winners of the last seven, the Crusader men go for a record eighth win in a row over The C of I when the teams tip off at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the game can be purchased through the NNU Athletic Department office. Call 467-8876 for more information or email Jewel McKinney at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, both games of the rivalry series will be broadcast by KTVB on its 24/7 network. The second game of the series will be Tuesday, Dec. 10, on the NNU campus.
Of course, this game means so much more than just a win streak. “It is such an exciting game, both places,” said NNU headmen’s basketball coach Dave Daniels, who is 4-0 in the rivalry. “It means a ton to us, it means a ton to the NNU community and The C of I community, so we’re really excited to get going.”
Despite having won seven straight, the series remains in the Coyotes favor as The C of I holds the all-time series lead, up 114-80. That includes all the exhibition outcomes in recent years, as the teams no longer battle head-to-head for conference bragging rights.
This year’s game at The C of I will be an exhibition for the Crusaders. The rematch, Dec. 10 on NNU’s home court, will be an exhibition for the Coyotes. “It really is a great exhibition game because it has a playoff-type atmosphere,” Daniels said. An atmosphere that gets players pumped up to play, despite week after week of practice without a game to break up the repetition of drills.
“It’s phenomenal,” Daniels said. “I think it’s a great start, we already have guys talking about it and getting ready. During this part of the season, where there is so much practice and no games, it’s nice to have that looming right on the horizon to keep guys motivated and keep guys going.”