Coyotes, Broncos brace for early starts

The Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona basketball teams swing back into action this weekend and it will be a tough go for both. The Coyotes will be at Chico State first, then make the three-hour trek to Cal State Stanislaus.

The Broncos will play the teams in reverse order.

First, the teams are playing Saturday and Sunday instead of the traditional Friday and Saturday because New Year’s Day falls on Friday.

Second, game times are 12:30 p.m. for the women and 2:30 p.m. for the men both days – a drastic change from the 5:30 and 7:30 game times.

The times aren’t because of the holiday but because both teams need to get flights out of Northern California Sunday night so the athletes can all be back in class for the start of the new quarter on Monday. If they were playing the second game on Saturday, the time wouldn’t be an issue because teams could travel on Sunday.

It is one of the tougher road trips in the conference with those opponents both being pretty good at home. So all things considered, a team that comes away 2-0 should be commended.