This being the week of Christmas the coaches have scheduled there games around the holiday, jamming their games in before the holiday. Most of the D-1 basketball this week will be completed by this Wednesday, with only Tricia Binford’s Bobcat Women having a game this week after Christmas – on Sunday.
Three of the programs will be playing 2 games this week, but Robins Selvig’s Lady Griz will not be suiting it up until December 29th when they face UC Riverside.
This Weeks Calendar
Monday – December 21st
Bobcat Men at Cal Poly
Cal Poly will come into this contest with a 3-6 record, but undefeated at home this year. This will be a good teat for the Bobcats Cal Poly has upper level Big Sky talent. This is the type of road win the Cat’s will need to get in conference.
Grizzly Men host Fresno State
Fresno comes to Missoula with 6-5 record, and has only played 3 road games so far this season. They have 6 point win over Northern Arizona. They will bring a very tall, athletic front court into Missoula and the Griz will need to handle this.
Bobcat Women at University of Portland
It is the Bobcat women’s’ chance to see how they match up with U. of Portland. So far Montana, Eastern Washington, Sacramento State, and Portland State have all faced U. of Portland and only Eastern Washington has managed to come away with a victory.
Wednesday – December 23rd
Bobcat Men at Boise State
The Bobcat face former Big Sky member Boise State. A good Barometer game, as BSU has lost to Montana (82-95 in Missoula), and wins against Idaho State (79-67 in Pocatello) and Eastern Washington (82-69 in Cheney). By the time the Bobcats show up Boise will also have hosted Portland State.
Grizzly Men host Great Falls
What can I say, the worse team in the Frontier Conference. Everyone healthy should get plenty of minutes, a nice early Christmas present for the Griz.
Sunday – December 27th
Bobcat Women host UC Riverside
UC Riverside will bring a 2-7 record into Bozeman. I think they are a little better than their record and have played some good teams so far, but the Bobcats will need to be able to put away teams like this conference. UCR will bring a pretty athletic and tall team into Bozeman and this could present some challenges for the Bobcats.