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2013-14 Big Sky Post-Mortem

by - Published July 1, 2014 in Columns, Conference Notes
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The 2013-14 season saw one of the Big Sky’s signature programs, and the one that has given it arguably the biggest NCAA Tournament wins in recent memory, return to the Big Dance. It wasn’t that Weber State wasn’t good; they have been a consistent postseason team. They just couldn’t knock off one particular team in the conference tournament that had their number.

Since reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2007, Weber State lost three times – all to Montana – in the Big Sky championship game. This time around, the Wildcats didn’t have to go through the Grizzlies, who were bounced in the quarterfinals, and handily beat North Dakota in the championship game. It finished what was pretty much a dominating season for them, as they also won the regular season title and dominated the postseason awards.

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A closer look into the Big Sky’s Monday twinbill

by - Published November 29, 2011 in Columns

We’ll start with what people are calling “the appetizer”: Montana State at San Jose State.

It was a game between a pair of 2-3 teams in which the Bobcats felt favored: MSU’s losses were to higher quality opponents, as it were, and their lone Division I victory was over Utah, a low Pac-12/former top Mountain West team. SJSU’s lone D-I win was over UC-Irvine by a pint and secure only when a last-second basket was overturned.

MSU took control early with hot outside shooting, hitting 5 of its first 10 3-pointers. … Continue Reading

Montana State Bobcats 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 6, 2011 in Conference Notes

Montana State Bobcats (13-18, 7-9)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

Sr. G Rod Singleton
Jr. G avier Johnson-Blount
Jr. G Jamie Stewart
Sr. F Jordain Allou
Jr. C Mohammed Fall

Important departures:

Erik Rush: 15.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.4 steals per game, 38 3-pointers made per game
Bobby Howard: 14.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 0.9 steals per game, 47 3-pointers made per game
Danny Piepoli: 7.5 ppg, 45 3-pointers made per game
Cody Anderson: 4.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg

Top returnees:

Singleton: 7.9 ppg, 3.5 apg, 1.1 steals per game

Additions:

Johnson-Blount: transfer from Cochise College (21.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.4 steals per game)
Fall: transfer from Cloud County Community College (55 percent field goal percentage, 73 percent free throw percentage, 8.9 rpg, 2.5 blocks per game)
Christian Moon: transfer from Henry Ford Community College (13.9 ppg, 5.4 rebounds, 2.1 apg, 1.8 steals per game)
Stewart: transfer from Henry Ford Community College (15.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.9 steals per game)

Schedule highlights:

Toughest nonconference match up: at Utah or at New Mexico.

Hardest conference stretch: at Weber State and at Northern Arizona or a road contest at Montana then home against Northern Arizona to end the regular season.

Outlook:

The Bobcats, on paper, have a lot of retooling to do after losing four starters — three to graduation, one to retirement — especially since the starters accounted for 63 percent of their points, 50 percent of the rebounds, 55 percent of 3-pointers made and 61 percent of the field goals made.

Montana State also will miss its top offseason signing, Juco transfer Antonio Biglow (Mount San Antonio College) for the first semester as his transfer was hung up by paperwork or academics. Four other Juco transfers are coming in, with at least two or three poised to start, which is Huse’s biggest advantage and the slight advantage over Northern Arizona and Northern Colorado.

Prediction: Fifth, 8-8 Big Sky record

Next: Northern Arizona Lumberjacks

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The Master’s School has good students and talent

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Rivers will try to build on a breakthrough season

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