The week of 12-14-09 in Review

The Montana programs for the most part finished up the non-conference portion of their schedule last week. The Lady Griz still have a game against UC Riverside this Tuesday and MSU men still have a bracket buster game in February. I think all of the teams can make a case as possibly being contenders for the league crown, but I think each has some questions that they will need to answer.

Over all I will give the week to the Grizzly men who came away with two victories, granted one was against U of Great Falls. The Montana State men and women thought had a pretty good week also, while the Lady Griz did not play last week.

Grizzly Men Picked up a very nice home win against Fresno State last Monday, and then thrashed Great Falls the following Wednesday. I think the Fresno State game really solidified the Griz as the best Big Sky conference performer in the non-conference season, although I think Northern Colorado might have something to say about that. The Great Falls game … well no one got hurt. The Griz look very well battle tested over the pre-conference schedule, but questions still remain about how well they can perform when A. Johnson has an off night.

Bobcat Men The Bobcat men were the come back kids on the road last week one worked out pretty good the not so much. Against Cal Poly last Monday the Bobcats were behind, but close almost the entire game but could not get over the hump until the final minutes of the game, when they found a way to pull out a four point victory. Two nights later at Boise State the Bobcats held an 8 point lead early in the first half before Boise went on a 28-2 run to bury the Bobcats by the end of the first half. The Bobcats though battled back the entire second half to take a 2 point lead late in the game, but the come back was not quite enough as the Bobcats ended up losing the game 58-56. The Bobcat’s look like a talented and mentally tough team that will battle opponents for 40 minutes a night, but the big question is will that be enough to over come their lack of rebounding.

Bobcat Women The Bobcats started off the week visiting U. of Portland to face a team that has been having its way with the Big Sky conference teams so far this year. The Cats held tough before eventually losing by 3 points, but just could not seem to find out how to find away to win that game. Give credit to U. of P.. Yesterday the Bobcats took on a UC Riverside team that I thought could create some match up problems for the Bobcat. The bobcats lead the entire game but never seemed to be able to shake Riverside, as they kept it to an 8-12 point game. While the Bobcat women are playing some good ball right now they seem to lack that killer instinct that they will need in conference.

Lady Griz Did not play any games this week. The Lady Griz are still an enigma to me. Their preseason schedule was difficult, and it shows with their record, but I do not feel comfortable with where I would see them this year. They are young so I see them having unlimited potential but I do not think they are there yet.


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