With D-1 Basketball about to get fully underway injuries and player losses seem to be mounting up at both Montana and Montana State. In today’s Missoulain they out lined the Griz men’s injury situation, but they are not the only program who has been hit by the loss of available players. Injuries and player defections hit the men’s programs a lot harder than their women counterparts because of the men’s scholarship limit of 13 compared with 15 for the women’s programs. The men’s program scholarship limit was 15 some 10-15 years ago but was reduced by the NCAA athletic directors as a cost saving measure. Additionally unlike most other sports Basketball coaches can not spit scholarship. If an athlete is given a full scholarship or only a partial it still counts as 1 scholarship towards the limit.
On a similar note the flue has also had a big impact on the preseason practices for the programs. From what I have heard it has particularly hit the Montana State programs pretty hard. With so many player days missed to the flue most programs have not been able to implement all the schemes yet that they had hoped to before the start of game.
Here is what I know of affecting the four programs. These do not include previous injuries that could be reinjured nor typical minor bumps and bruises.