|Idaho State||M Morgan 12.1||A Hatchett 4.1||T Sanchez 3.5|
|Montana||M Ward 15.2||K Jamar 6.1||W Cherry 4.8|
On Thursday, Idaho State travels to Dahlberg Arena to take on Montana. Tip-off is at 9:00 EST. The Bengals are 2-6 against the Grizzlies over the last four years. They lost 76-40 the last time they played (2/6/2012).
Idaho State is 5th in the conference and Montana is 1st. Both teams continue to jockey for position.
In their last game, Tomas Sanchez put up 12 points in the Bengals 60-55 loss to Northern Arizona on January 19th. On top of his scoring average of 10.8 points per game, he delivers 3.9 rebounds per game. For the Grizzlies, Kareem Jamar finished with 23 points and 7 rebounds in the 76-71 win over Montana State on January 19th. With 6.1 rebounds per game and 0.9 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.
Reviewing current performance metrics, Montana has an edge in one significant category, scoring, where the Grizzlies have the upper hand over the Bengals, 70 points per game to 53 points per game. Montana will hope to exploit their strength in effective field goal percentage in this matchup. Their mark of 53.8 in this area ranks 2nd in the conference and 25th in the country.
- At least you keep showing up. Idaho State has an average margin of victory of 9 over Montana in 17 wins since 1980.
- The Idaho State blocks leader (Avibakuro Preh) has more blocks than the Montana blocks leader (Andy Martin).
- Avibakuro Preh is ranked 5th in the Big Sky in blocks.
- Melvin Morgan is ranked 9th in the Big Sky in points and 7th in the Big Sky in steals.
- Chris Hansen is ranked 4th in the Big Sky in three-pointers.
- We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Idaho State has come back to win after being down at half against Montana 4 times since 2003.
- The Idaho State three-point leader (Chris Hansen) has more three-pointers than the Montana three-point leader (Michael Weisner).
- The Idaho State steals leader (Tomas Sanchez) has more steals than the Montana steals leader (Jordan Gregory).
- Maybe someday you'll play some real competition. Idaho State has a stronger schedule (including future opponents) than Montana this season (Projected SOS Rank: #295 vs #330).
- Neveij Walters is ranked 10th in the Big Sky in blocks.
- Tomas Sanchez is ranked 6th in the Big Sky in assists and 4th in the Big Sky in steals.