BOZEMAN -- The 300th Cat-Griz men's basketball game tips off on Saturday, and the rivalry always marks a time when the state's fan base is split in half. The passion to bleed maroon and silver or blue and gold sweeps across Montana. But for some Bobcats, they have never seen this type of rivalry take place.
Montana State has six international international players on its roster, five of whom have yet to play against the University of Montana. They haven't been subject to the weight of the rivalry, the history it holds and the passion that comes along with it.
"This is my first time playing Montana, so I'm pretty excited. I can't wait for it. And my team and the returners coming back, they are excited. They tell us the history of the game and how it goes down and everything," said Amin Adamu, an MSU junior guard from London, England.
And the Bobcats are soaking in as much knowledge as they can before stepping onto the court in Missoula.
"Harald Frey, Devin Kirby, I've talked to them the most about it and they told me to just be confident about it. It's just a regular game, it's just the hype is big, but it's still a normal game. It doesn't matter, you just go out and enjoy it," Adamu said.
Much easier said than done.
Montana State men's team tips off Saturday against Montana at 7 p.m.