Thursday, February 9, 2012

Thursday 2/9 Big Sky Predictions

Another four game bonanza in the Big Sky is upon us! Some predictions for the four games that will be going on Thursday night.

Weber State @ Northern Arizona
It is difficult to imagine this being a competitive game, because the talent difference and experience is so large. Damian Lillard is the best PG in America, and NAU has been trying to get anyone on the team to play with some consistency. Simply put, NAU has to play a perfect game, Weber State has to struggle, and I'm still not sure that would be enough for the Lumberjacks to win. WEBER STATE 87, NORTHERN ARIZONA 59

Montana @ Northern Colorado
I will be in attendance, so hopefully this game is a competitive one! UNC has been playing very poorly lately, and they need something to get them some momentum back and give them a shot at making the Big Sky tournament. A strong performance over Montana could be that thing. However, it will be tough. The Bears excel at knocking down shots from beyond the arc, but Montana has one of the great perimeter defenders in America in Will Cherry. Northern Colorado has the talent on paper to keep it close, but Montana is just playing much better basketball right now. MONTANA 75, NORTHERN COLORADO 63

Montana State @ Sacramento State
This is a huge game for the Hornets, and one they have to have if they want to stay in the race to make the conference tournament.  For MSU, it would be nice for them to get the win and try to crawl back into third place in the BSC, but I don't know that there will be the same sense of urgency that Sacramento State has been showing lately. This could be the most competitive game of the night, and I think the Hornets win with the homecourt and the sense that they have to win to keep their hopes alive. SACRAMENTO STATE 72, MONTANA STATE 69

Portland State @ Idaho State
If the Bengals can win this game, they become the favorite to secure the third seed based on their remaining record. For Portland State, they know they have to keep winning some games, because they don't have anything yet to feel safe about.  PSU has to guard the outside shot, because that is how ISU has been winning some games, but I think they will have a little too much down low to handle for ISU. Look for Chehales Tapscott and Renado Parker to do just enough to get a huge road win. PORTLAND STATE 75, IDAHO STATE 71

Who are you taking in these games?

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  1. need to post comments about UNCO and UM from Butler Hancock. I'm rather interested, as you know, to see if UM can keep the magic going.

  2. Hey Tal,

    Will hopefully post a little something at the half, and then obviously will have full recap on the game by tomorrow. I am curious too... if both teams play like they have recently, Griz should win going away. UNC has enough talent (and outside shooters) that they could make it interesting at home, but I can't see them pulling it off. Will let you know my impressions for sure.