DILLON — The Montana Western men’s basketball prepared for its biggest test of the season on Tuesday: a Wednesday night road showdown against Montana State.

The NAIA’s eighth-ranked Bulldogs (4-0) have had a strong showing to begin the season, but they know it’s going to take a great night and a little help to pull off what would be a monumental upset.

“I think we would have to play extremely well and they’d have to have an off night shooting,” said head coach Steve Keller. “But you never know. It’s an exhibition game for us and we just want to get better.”

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But what Western can hold on to is the fact that the Bobcats have shown they can have an off night shooting the basketball. MSU survived a scare in an exhibition game against fellow NAIA squad Montana State-Northern on Nov. 1, a 78-73 result that has some Bulldogs going into the matchup looking for more than just an experience.

“We’re playing it to win,” forward Marcus Payne said. “We saw Northern lose that game by five — we’re going in there trying to win.”

The two teams will tip off at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman at 8 p.m.