Saturday, February 11, 2012

Saturday Big Sky Predictions

Four more games on the docket for today, and each game becomes more important than the last. Let's take a quick peek at each game.

Montana State @ Northern Colorado
Bobcat fans have seen this movie before. MSU started off the conference slate by going 6-2, but they have lost four straight. While they are still tied for third in the Big Sky, that is looking more tenuous by the day. Northern Colorado is desperate for positive things to happen to their young club, and I think they might be able to draw some things from their loss to Montana.They know that with another loss their season will end with no conference tournament, and I think they will do enough at home to win. NORTHERN COLORADO 73, MONTANA STATE 68

Idaho State @ Northern Arizona
This is almost a must-win for Idaho State, just because NAU is a very beatable team right now. However, they'll be playing likely without Chase Grabau, which is big for this team. Kenny McGowen and Melvin Morgan have to hit some shots, but they don't have a lot of offensive weapons outside of that. Not long ago ISU was the team playing with nothing to lose because nothing was expected from them. Today, that team is NAU. Look for them to pull the upset at home. NORTHERN ARIZONA 65, IDAHO STATE 59

Eastern Washington @ Weber State
Suddenly, EWU is close to seeing the season slip through their fingers, as there is a chance they will be even in the win column with Sacramento State or Northern Colorado after this game. I think the Eagles will be okay and still make the tournament, but I can't see them pulling the road shocker. Damian Lillard should have a fine day, and his ability to get to the free throw line will serve him well. WEBER STATE 82, EASTERN WASHINGTON 71

Montana @ Sacramento State
There are not a lot of teams playing better than Sacramento State right now, but Montana may be one of them. They see the Hornets four straight wins and raise them seven, and 13 out of 14. The Grizzlies are at the end of a tough road stretch, but I think they have it in them to win one more. Dylan Garrity is playing great basketball, but Will Cherry eats freshmen PGs for lunch. MONTANA 75, SACRAMENTO STATE 69

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  1. No-one eats Garrity for lunch, he is at the top of his game right now and only getting better with each well as the rest of the sac team.

  2. Love your preview for tonight Jon. I'm really looking forward to covering this one and hope it lives up to the hype. Two of the most dynamic PG's in the league going head-to-head after having career nights on Thursday, both playing for teams that are at the top of their game, it may be one of the best games of the day in all of college basketball!