(University of Montana Media Release)
MISSOULA - Griz fans will have ample opportunities to watch the Montana basketball team this season, with every game being offered via TV or Internet stream. Four of Montana's non-conference dates have already been picked up for national and regional television broadcasts, with more still expected.
Montana will have three games broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks, when the Grizzlies travel to Stanford (Nov. 6), Washington (Nov. 22) and Oregon (Dec. 18). Additionally, Montana's road contest at New Mexico will be broadcast regionally on AT&T Sports Network, the Rocky Mountain affiliate of ROOT Sports. When the Grizzlies make a trip to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to take on the Razorbacks, the game will be offered on SEC Network+, a digital stream provided through WatchESPN. Montana's road contest at Omaha to conclude non-conference play will be streamed globally through the host institution.
Additional local and regional TV broadcasts have yet to be assigned, but a season ago, the Grizzlies had eight games broadcast on SWX Montana and two more assigned to Eleven Sports.
All 20 of Montana's Big Sky Conference games can be streamed worldwide through Pluto TV.
Pluto TV is America's leading free OTT service. Fans anywhere in the world can access Pluto TV online or by downloading the Pluto TV app for mobile and tablet devices. The Pluto TV app is also available on any connected living room device such as Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation or Xbox, as well as most smart TVs, including those from Samsung, Vizio, Sony and Hisense. In June, Pluto TV Announced that its service is now available on the Comcast Xfinity 1 platform, which will deliver Big Sky athletic events into approximately 14 million homes.
Pluto TV will stream the Big Sky Championship first round, quarterfinals and semifinals in March. The quarterfinals and semifinals will also be broadcast nationally on Eleven Sports, with the championship on the ESPN family of networks (specific channel yet to be decided).
Tip times for 30 of Montana's 31 regular-season contests – and all home dates – have been assigned. Montana will host MSU-Northern on Nov. 10 for its home opener, but Griz fans will have the chance to see Montana in action two weeks prior at the Maroon-Silver Scrimmage, which will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The Lady Griz will scrimmage at 5:30, followed by the men at 7 p.m.
Montana returns four key rotation players from a season ago, including Sayeed Pridgett (first-team All-Big Sky) and Kendal Manuel (Big Sky Newcomer of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year). The Grizzlies, who are coming off of back-to-back Big Sky regular-season and tournament championships, also welcome seven newcomers to the roster.