Montana vs. Davidson: Full Game Preview

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Montana vs. Davidson: Full Game Preview
Montana
(19-5, 8-4 away)
Davidson
(20-7, 12-2 home)
Venue: Belk Arena
3:00PM ET / 12:00PM PT, February 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Montana M Ward 14.8 K Jamar 6.2 W Cherry 4.4
Davidson J Cohen 15.0 D Brooks 6.4 J Kuhlman 3.8

Montana visits Belk Arena on Saturday to take on Davidson. It takes place at 3 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN U.

The Grizzlies got past Idaho State 61-54 on Feb. 16 with the help of 12 points from Mathias Ward. At 14.8, he paces the team in points per game. In a 73-36 blowout of Furman on Feb. 20, Jake Cohen put up 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats. He leads the team in points with 15 per game and blocks with 1.8 per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Davidson is strong in the following categories: turnover percentage at 17.0 percent and effective field goal percentage at 52.4 percent.

Davidson StatSmack

  • Last year the Big Sky lost fewer non-conference blowout games than SoCon (18 vs. 26).
  • Davidson has been ducking Montana for over 30 years.
  • The Big Sky has 3 teams - Eastern Washington (5.5), Southern Utah (5.1), and Weber State (5.0) - that produce more blocks per game than SoCon leader, College of Charleston (4.5).
  • The Big Sky has 3 teams - Montana State (8.1), North Dakota (7.7), and Northern Arizona (7.6) - that create more steals per game than SoCon leader, Western Carolina (7.6).
  • Montana has a better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (62.9 percent to 58.4 percent).
  • The Montana steals leader (Will Cherry, 35 steals) has more steals than the Davidson steals leader (De`Mon Brooks, 26 steals).
  • The Montana assist leader (Kareem Jamar, 98 assists) has more assists than the Davidson assist leader (J.P. Kuhlman, 91 assists).
  • The Big Sky has 4 teams - Weber State (51.3 percent), Montana (47.2 percent), Northern Colorado (46.0 percent), and Portland State (46.0 percent) - that shoot a better field goal percentage than SoCon leader, Citadel (45.4 percent).
  • The Big Sky has 4 teams - Weber State (42.3 percent), Montana (39.4 percent), Northern Colorado (38.1 percent), and Portland State (37.5 percent) - that shoot a better three-point percentage than SoCon leader, Samford (37.4 percent).
  • Last year the top-ranking players between the two conferences for points, rebounds, field goals made, free throws made, and steals were in the Big Sky.
UM Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Kareem Jamar 34 14 6 4 1 1 3
B Will Cherry 33 13 4 4 2 0 3
C+ Mathias Ward 32 15 4 1 0 0 2
C Jordan Gregory 26 7 3 2 1 0 1
C Spencer Coleman 21 7 3 1 1 0 1
C Keron DeShields 21 7 2 2 1 0 1
C Michael Weisner 20 6 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Eric Hutchison 14 3 2 0 0 1 1
D Kevin Henderson 12 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Andy Martin 7 2 1 0 0 1 0
D Morgan Young 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Nick Emerson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Jake Wiley 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
DAV Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Jake Cohen 26 15 6 1 1 2 2
B- De`Mon Brooks 26 13 6 1 1 1 2
C+ Nik Cochran 31 10 2 3 1 0 2
C J.P. Kuhlman 29 8 3 4 1 0 2
C C. Czerapowicz 25 9 5 1 0 0 0
C Tyler Kalinoski 23 7 3 2 1 0 1
C Clint Mann 20 7 3 1 1 1 1
C Tom Droney 22 4 3 2 1 0 1
D Connor Perkey 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Jordan Barham 5 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Ali Mackay 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Clay Tormey 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Mason Archie II 2 1 1 0 0 0 1
D Youssef Mejri 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Jake Belford 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
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