PORTLAND STATE at NORTH DAKOTA
From the Grand Forks Herald ... COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Postseason positioning
UND coach Brian Jones told the Herald: "I don't think there is a strong favorite on a neutral floor."*
MONTANA at IDAHO STATE
From the Idaho State Journal ... Home stretch — Bengals host league-leading Montana
Bengals coach Bill Evans told the Journal: “I think Montana’s one of the harder teams in this league to guard. They have really good perimeter shooting and they have a young man inside (Breunig) that can really score the ball.”
From bigskybball dot com ... 5 Questions with Montana Grizzlies beat writer Kyle Sample
From the Missoulian ... Montana's tough road trip will test Oguine
In the article above, Sample highlights what is going to be a great matchup tonight: Montana freshman Michael Oguine's budding prowess as a defensive stopper to try and and deal with Idaho State junior Ethan Telfair or sophomore Geno Luzcando (as well as future matchups with Weber and UND guards).
SACRAMENTO STAT at NORTHERN COLORADO
MONTANA STATE at WEBER STATE
From Skyline Sports ... Weber State’s Bolomboy out with Montana teams coming to Ogden ... "sick to my stomach when it happened."
From the Standard-Examiner ...Without Bolomboy, Weber State making adjustments for Montana State
Via Brandon Garside in the article above, it sounds like WSU coach Randy Rahe will use 6-foot-4 sophomore Dusty Baker at the four quite a bit in Joel Bolomboy's absence.
“We gave him a quick crash course on how to run our stuff,” Rahe told the Standard-Examiner. “Thankfully Dusty’s really smart and he picks things up really quick. He did it on the fly down at Northern Arizona and did a really good job. He made a few mistakes, but that’s going to happen.”
Also from the Standard-Examiner ... Bracket watch: If the Big Sky Tournament started today
From the Billings Gazette ... Regardless of star's injury, Weber State poses big challenge for Bobcats
MSU head coach Brian Fish had an interesting quote in the Gazette: “I saw the injury on film and it certainly didn’t look good. I’ve been in the business long enough to know that takes some time to bounce back. But at the same time I don’t think it changes them a lot.
“It takes a pro out of their lineup, but they’re not a one-pony show. Their other scholarship (players) are very good. It will just give (another) guy an opportunity to do some things. Bolomboy is very impressive on film, and he’d be hard to replace. But I think they’ll (do) it as a group. So it won ‘t change much.”
That first paragraph is the scary part. Bone bruises are a bit funky and the recovery time is murky.
From the Bozeman Daily Chronicle ... MSU men hit the road fighting for Big Sky position