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Defense and tenacity will lead Montana State men into heart of Big Sky Conference play

Montana State basketball
Posted at 4:22 PM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 11:23:25-05

BOZEMAN — Sitting 8-7 overall and 2-2 in Big Sky Conference play, the Montana State Bobcats men's basketball team will need to step up their game to keep themselves in the conversation for a Big Sky regular-season title.

MSU is currently riding a two-game losing streak and will look to snap that on the road in Moscow, Idaho in a showdown against the Vandals Thursday night. And while there’s certainly room for improvement head coach Danny Sprinkle and his team are pleased with the way they have performed on the defensive side of the ball.

“You know even the games we didn’t win, Northern Colorado and Southern Utah our defensive marks...we hit those marks. We guarded the three point run really well," said MSU head coach Danny Sprinkle. "I believe we’ve rebounded all four conference opponents, and that's something we need to continue to do to have success.”

“I think with this team we just have a lot of grit. As far as going forward that’s one thing we need to be more consistent with," says MSU senior forward Ladan Ricketts. "We’re obviously not the most athletic team and we’re not the most skilled team but we have some great players.”

Montana State and Idaho are slated to tip-off Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. MST.