BOZEMAN – The Montana State Bobcats are coming into Thursday’s matchup against Portland State 4-0 in the Big Sky Conference, their best start in conference play in the past 13 years. But head coach Brian Fish doesn’t seem impressed.
Last week Fish referred to the Big Sky as an 18-lap race and the hot 2-0 start was no big deal. Now tack on two more wins and the Cats are tied with Montana at the top of the conference leaderboard.
“We were 1-4, 2-4 last year and flipped it around and went 11-7. It’s still early. Having said that, I’d rather be 4-0 than 0-4, but it’s early, we got a lot of games left, 14 games left,” said Fish.
However, he is already seeing improvements from where the team was at the beginning of Big Sky play.
“I do like some of the things we’re doing as far as rebounding and guarding in our defense out of our zone and stuff,” said Fish. “We’re getting a little more balanced offensively, so I like where we’re going. But it’s 4-0, I’ll scoff at it again.”
The Bobcats put their unblemished record on the line against a tough Portland State team on the road. The Vikings have been a top team in the conference and even played extremely close against Duke during the PX80 Tournament in November.
PSU hosts the Bobcats on Thursday. The game is scheduled to tip off at 9 p.m.