Southern Utah vs. Montana: Full Game Preview

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Southern Utah vs. Montana: Full Game Preview
Southern Utah
(5-10, 1-6 away)
Montana
(10-4, 5-1 home)
Venue: Dahlberg Arena
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, January 17, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Southern Utah J Stevenett 15.7 J Stevenett 6.3 D Heuir 2.4
Montana M Ward 15.3 K Jamar 6.0 W Cherry 5.3

Montana welcomes Southern Utah to Dahlberg Arena on Thursday. The game tips off at 9:00 EST. The Grizzlies have not played the Thunderbirds since the 2004-05 season, when they won 69-57.

Southern Utah is in 3rd place in the Big Sky and will be trying to close the gap with Montana, who is currently in 1st place.

In their last outing, behind 26 points and 6 assists from Kareem Jamar, the Grizzlies defeated Northern Colorado 85-77 on January 12th. He leads the team in rebounds with 6.0 per game and blocks with 0.9 per game. For the Thunderbirds, Jackson Stevenett put up 12 points and 8 rebounds in the 54-53 loss to Idaho State on January 12th. With 15.7 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

Montana appears to have a key statistical advantage over Southern Utah in one area, turnovers, where the Grizzlies have an edge over the Thunderbirds, 11 per game to 17 per game. Southern Utah ranks 2nd in their conference in defensive rebounding percentage at 72.7, which also places them 38th in the country.

Southern Utah StatSmack

  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Montana currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (960 to 907) than Southern Utah, per the NCAA.
  • The Montana assist leader (Kareem Jamar) has more assists than the Southern Utah assist leader (Damon Heuir).
  • Montana takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Southern Utah (4 vs 0).
  • We just win. Montana has more wins over the last 5 years than Southern Utah (105 vs 58).
  • Montana is better at defending the three (35.8% allowed vs 39.4% allowed) than Southern Utah this season.
  • Mathias Ward is ranked 6th in the Big Sky in points.
  • Montana has a significantly better overall winning percentage over the last 5 years (0.674 to 0.356).
  • Montana waxed Southern Utah by 12 points the last time they played (Dec 02, 2004).
  • Montana is a better three-point shooting team (40.7% vs 27.2%) than Southern Utah this season.
  • At least you keep showing up. Montana has an average margin of victory of 21 over Southern Utah in 5 wins since 1982.
  • Keep filling up on cupcakes. Montana has a stronger schedule than Southern Utah this season (SOS Rank: #127 vs #283).
SUU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C J. Stevenett 32 16 6 2 1 0 2
C Damon Heuir 29 15 4 2 1 0 4
D+ Jayson Cheesman 22 7 6 1 0 2 2
D Wade Collie 26 8 4 2 1 0 3
D Julian Scott 19 8 3 1 0 0 2
D- Jaren Jeffery 18 4 4 1 0 0 1
D- A.J. Hess 16 4 2 1 1 0 1
D- Jordan Johnson 14 4 3 0 1 0 1
D- Cal Hanks 11 2 2 0 0 1 1
F Chris Nsenki 11 2 1 1 0 0 1
F Tyson Koehler 8 1 1 1 0 0 1
F Zach Ghormley 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
F Drake Thomas 7 0 1 1 0 0 1
F Matt Gardner 3 1 0 1 0 0 1
F John Renfro 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
UM Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Kareem Jamar 34 14 6 4 1 1 2
B Will Cherry 33 12 3 5 2 0 3
C+ Mathias Ward 30 15 4 1 0 0 2
C+ Jordan Gregory 28 9 4 2 1 0 1
C Michael Weisner 20 7 3 1 0 0 1
C- Keron DeShields 23 7 2 2 1 0 1
D+ Spencer Coleman 18 6 3 1 0 0 1
D+ Kevin Henderson 15 4 3 1 1 0 1
D Andy Martin 9 2 1 0 0 1 0
D Eric Hutchison 13 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Nick Emerson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Jake Wiley 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
F Morgan Young 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
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