It seems like it has been decades since a school not named Montana or Weber State was considered a front runner for the Big Sky championship. There will be a big game for the early Big Sky standings in Montana tonight, but it wont be in Missoula, but rather Bozeman when Northern Colorado visits Montana State for a Big! Sky! Game! Of! The! Night!
The Bobcats didn't exactly set the world on fire in the non-conference at 5-6, but strung together three straight wins to start conference play before falling at Eastern Washington on Saturday. The key in conference play has been much better play on offense. Montana State scores .975 points per possession on the season, but in its three Big Sky wins has hit 1.115, 1.039 and 1.164. Keep an eye out for the wonderfully named Flavien Davis who has hit double figures in his last four games, including a double-double in the loss at Eastern Washington.
Northern Colorado looks to be on the fast track to making their way back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since winning the Big Sky bid back in 2011. The Bears announced themselves with authority on opening night of the season with a 60-58 win at Kansas State and have won eight of their last nine games. NoCo owns the Big Sky's most efficient offense (1.078 PPP) and defense (0.986). Offensively its a four-headed monster for the Bears with Derrick Barden, Tevin Svihovec, Tate Unruh and Tim Huskisson all average over 11 points per contest, making it tough to take away any one player.
Can NoCo take a victory on the road to further assert itself as the class of the Big Sky before a showdown with Montana on Saturday or will Montana State prove it is hear to stay?
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