Sunday, February 10, 2013

Montana Sets Big Sky Record With 25 Straight League Wins

With their 78-58 win over North Dakota on Saturday night, Montana has set a new Big Sky record for most consecutive regular season wins, as they have now reached the 24 straight win mark. They won their last 11 regular season games last season, and have started this year at 14-0 in Big Sky play.

From Bob Meseroll of The Missoulian:

The Griz are loathe to look back at what they’ve accomplished with crunch time immediately ahead of them, but for their fans, here are some impressive numbers:

- Montana has won 27 straight games against Big Sky teams including the two wins in the postseason tournament last year.
- The Griz have won 24 straight regular-season league games at home, breaking the record of 23 set by Idaho from 1980-83.
- Montana’s 14-game win streak this season is second only to Akron’s 15-game skein and matches the school-record win streak set just last season.
- Dating back to last season, the Griz have won 38 of their last 44 games.
As noted, this streak is made all the more impressive by the fact that Montana also won two games in last year's Big Sky Tournament, meaning they have really won 27 straight league games.

It is an incredible streak, but highlights the incredible job that Wayne Tinkle and the staff have done at Montana. It also highlights the great play of guys like Will Cherry and Kareem Jamar, two guys who just don't let Montana lose, it seems. 

Montana and Big Sky fans would be wise to enjoy Wayne Tinkle as much as possible, because with his track record and ability as a coach, it will not be long until a bigger school with deeper pockets will come calling. Whenever that does happen, the Grizzlies will always be able to look back at this record with pride.

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