Last week, Montana (21-6, 10-4) destroyed
Northern Arizona (20-9, 13-2) at home -- too bad the Lumberjacks had already clinched the No. 1 seed and the regular-season championship. One of the perks of claiming the Big Sky title is that you get to host the semifinals and title game, so their inevitable rematch for all the marbles (and a bag of chips) will happen in the northern part of the state of Arizona.
When you talk Montana, you talk shooting. Their 49.4 percent shootiputs them fifth nationally, and they're also top ten in some other metrics: eighth in points per shot (1.18) and effective FG% (56.4%). If you want to talk efficiency, they're the league's best in both offense and defense (110.0, 100.3 ratings), so they'll probably win, right? Not if the regular-season champs have anything to say about it. They won the title win a four-man double-figure scoring attack, national top-ten free throw shooting (76.3%, eighth), and a lot of trips to the line (30.8 free throw production, which measures FTM/FGA). Get your Deuce on tonight... there's bids being given away.
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