Most of you mid-major fans have heard about Montana by now - the Griz gave Washington a hafway-decent fight as a 16-seed last season, beat Stanford
, and have compiled a 10-2 start on their way to establishing themselves as the team to beat (again) in the Big Sky. But what about Idaho State? They didn't even qualify for the conference tourney last year, thanks to a 3-11 conference record (9-18 overall), and lost three starters. With a 7-4 record against out-of-league teams they usually lose to, the Pocatello posse is turning it around.
A lot of the about-face is due to the explosive emergence of Antoine "Slim" Millen
(16.5 ppg/24.2 Pp40, 7.6 rpg, 3.0 bpg), last year's BSC field-goal percentage leader, who's playing as big as the sky the conference is named after. And the Bengals bring the "block" (7.1 bpg, 8th nationally) as well as the "party" (an uptempo 77.5 possessions/40 min.). This is the league opener for both teams, and will be played in front of a packed house in Mizzoula.
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