Friday, January 20, 2012

Saturday Night Big Sky Predictions

Four games are on tap in the Big Sky on Saturday night, so let's get a little preview of the games and a prediction for the winners.

Northern Colorado (3-3) @ Montana State (4-2)
This game will have major implications in the Big Sky standings. If MSU wins, then they will be alone at third at 5-2, or in a tie for second if Sac State can beat the Griz. If UNC wins, all of a sudden there is a 4-3 logjam.The Bobcats are 4-2, but for the most part they have been winning close games against inferior competition. It's tough to predict which UNC team will show up on a given night, but given that they struggled Thursday, they are due for a good game here. The Bobcats struggle at stopping teams for downtown, and nobody in America has shot them as well as the Bears have this year. NORTHERN COLORADO 72, MONTANA STATE 71

Sacramento State (0-6) @ Montana (5-1)
The Hornets are desperate to win a game in the Big Sky after losing nine straight, but going into Montana is not exactly the best recipe to try and make that happen. The Grizzlies did not play well against Weber State, but they have been playing great other than that, including a big win over a solid UNC team on Thursday. Sacramento State can keep this interesting for awhile, but they don't have the talent to go into Missoula and win. MONTANA 77, SACRAMENTO STATE 62

Northern Arizona (1-6) @ Idaho State (2-4)
This is a big game for the Bengals. If they can win at home, they are 3-4 (with 2 more home games coming) and legitimately in the race for a conference tournament spot. That is a lot more than people would have thought before the season started. For NAU, their post play is improving a little, but it is still not that good. I think Chase Grabau is the best player in this game, and that makes the difference. IDAHO STATE 64, NORTHERN ARIZONA 59

Portland State (3-3) @ Eastern Washington (3-3)
If I had to choose just one of these games to watch, this would be the one. Both teams have high octane offenses, and they are two of the faster teams in the Big Sky. PSU is solid at getting to the line, and EWU likes to put people there - Portland State might shoot 50 free throws tomorrow. But, this game is in Cheney, and I think the Eagles will be able to get the job done at home. It should be a great game. Neither team is going to want to wake up on Sunday morning to 3-4. EASTERN WASHINGTON 82, PORTLAND STATE 77

What are your thoughts? Who do you have winning?

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  1. Listening to the game while at work and EWU is getting hosed by the officials. At home no less. Dennis P. is all over the officials and how inept they are. I wish the Big Sky would do a better job of hiring/training officials. For Dennis to be so critical they must be bad!

  2. Ugliest game I've ever heard. Overtime at EWU. It would be over if the officials would make a damn call. As Dennis P. just said "Big Sky Officials never call a foul in the last five seconds!"

  3. Refs have been inconsistent for sure, but this has been a recurring problem for EWU... they need to play smarter defensively.

  4. The silly Bengals are tied for 5th... laughing as I type that.

  5. Nothing "silly" about the Bengals. Those guys are working hard for the wins, they are showing they can play. They are proving they are nothing to laugh at.

  6. No doubt, they took NAU behind the woodshed... 3-4 and if they win Thursday, they will be feeling very good about how things stand.