BOZEMAN -The biggest game of the Montana State men’s basketball season tips off Saturday night.
They square face off with the Montana Grizzlies at Dahlberg Arena, with both teams looking to snap losing streaks. The Grizzlies still sit atop the Big Sky, and boats a perfect 11-0 home record, while the Cats try to inch towards the .500 mark. And with the regular season coming to a close MSU isn’t shying away from how important this game is.
“This win would be very big for us,” said junior forward Keljin Blevins. “I mean, they are number one in the conference. They have taken two back-to-back “L’s,” but I feel like this will set a statement for us going into the tournament, in these last couple of games. We only got two more games after them this season, but I feel like that will set the tone for us going into the tournament.
And there are always pre-game butterflies when playing the Griz, especially when it’s on the court in Missoula.
“It’s crazy – always have a little bit of nerves going in there. I mean, it’ll be a fun game though. Just getting the jitters out right away,” said guard Tyler Hall. “I think the first team to just start playing will be the most effective one, and not worry about the environment. Then, just us rebounding and being physical.”
Montana defeated the Bobcats 81-64 in Bozeman in late January. Now the Cats look to even the score.