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Injuries / Player losses


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.

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Women’s Bobcat alumni game and other Secret Games


Last week if you listened to the radio or Internet broadcast of the Bobcat Women’s game against Easte… ah Montana State Billings, you heard the voice of the Women Bobcats Tyler Wiltgen mention the scrimmage the Bobcat’s were going to have against an Alumni team coming up. At the time he mentioned the time and place for this game, but that it was not an official game so he would not be covering it. For reason that will become obvious I am not going to mention the time and place, because you, the average public are not allowed to attend.

Earlier this week I got a little blurb from the Bozeman.

Due to NCAA rules, this game must be considered a “practice scrimmage” with outside competition. The rules surrounding a practice scrimmage say that there cannot be anyone in attendance that is not on the administration staff or there to help run the scrimmage. They are going to be locking the outside doors.


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Bobcat Blue / Gold game cancelled

FYI to anyone planning to attend the Montana State Bobcat men’s basketball Blue Gold game tonight, I have heard that Brad Huse had to cancel the game due to flue and a few injuries.  The Bobcats only had 8-10 players who would be available to participate.


Big Sky coaches and media Women’s polls

BigSkyConferenceThe Big Sky has announced the results of the conference women’s media and coaches’ poll for the upcoming 2009-10 season. Portland state was voted #1 while Montana and Montana State were voted number 2 and 3 respectively in both polls. I do not think any team who lost as much as coach Robin Selvig’s Lady Griz team would be ranked at #2, but I think it goes to show you the respect the coaches have for the dean of the Women’s Big Sky basketball and his program, I was also wondering how the coaches and Media were going to judge the Bobcat Women’s basketball program. While it is true the Bobcats do have a first team all conference player and the freshman of the year back, they will also have 7 new faces on their roster, and will be depending on a couple freshman to make a contribution this year.

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Big Sky coaches and media polls

BigSkyConferenceThe Big Sky Conference has released its’ pre-season men’s polls for the 2009-10 season and there is not much of a surprise in them. Weber and Montana were ranked 1 and 2 respectively with Idaho State taking third in the Coaches Poll and Portland State taking third in the media poll. They switch places in the other poll. Montana State is ranked fifth in each poll. The only surprise I saw from how I thought the ranking would come out was that I thought Portland State would be picked second and Montana third. These preseason polls have a history of being hit or miss, with some year the coaches and media being spot on and others not even close. Here are the polls

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Pre-season look at the Lady Griz (part 2)

This is the second part of my pre-season look at the Lady griz basketball program. You can find Part 1 here.

The Bigsena

Sarah Ena 5-11 PF/C – Ena is a load inside and with the big void left from the graduation of Morales and Rogers look for her to improve on her 11 points and 7 rebounds a game average in 2008-09. I see her starting at either the center of forward spot depending on who wins the other starting spot, but she will play both positions for the Lady Griz. She and Beck should be the bed rock for this young team as it develops. Ena excels using her quickness underneath so look for the Lady Griz to try to take advantage of that more this season.

Jessa Loman-Linford 6-1 PF/C – Linford, seem to me, to be one of the players who showed the most improvement from the time last season started until the end. If she carried that momentum on through the off season she really could be a major factor in the Lady Griz in any case I expect her to be one of the main contenders for a starting role at the center spot. She averaged 3 points and 3 rebounds a game last season in 14 minutes of action.

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Pre-season look at the Lady Griz (part 1)


This is the first for two preseason looks at the Lady Griz basketball program. I have been working on this one for a couple days and it is the one that I feel the least comfortable about. This program is going to be radically different from what it was during the 2008-09 season, which is pretty amazing considering they lost only 4 players, but when you look at who those three players were it becomes obvious.

The Losses:

The Lady Griz lose, starting point guard Mandy Morales, starting shooting guard Sonya Rogers, starting center Britney Lohman and reserve center Tamara Guardipee. Those players accounted for roughly 60% of the Lady Griz points. 42% rebounds and 63% of their assists totals for the 2008-09 season. They also represent arguably the best 3 point shooter in Lady Griz history and their interior defensive stopper. You normally, just do not replace talent like that, with out have a rebuilding year, but year after year Selvig just keeps on putting out conference winning teams so do not count him out,. A bad year for Selvig is a 2nd or 3rd place finish in the Big Sky. Robin always seems to have a stable of very talented athletes every year ready to step up and fill the void left by graduation.

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