Today has been circled on the calendars of Weber State and Montana fans for a long time.
The Wildcats and Griz have already made history before they meet at tonight at 7 p.m. at Dahlberg Arena.
Here’s how I describe it in today’s preview in the Standard-Examiner:
MISSOULA, Mont. — It’s gonna be a winner-take-all brawl.
Weber State has played Montana 112 times before tonight, more than any other opponent in school history, but never like this.
No two teams have ever met on the final day of the Big Sky regular season with only one league loss — until Weber State (23-4, 14-1) and Montana (22-6, 14-1) collide tonight at 7 p.m. at Dahlberg Arena with the championship on the line. The victor will also claim the right to host the Big Sky tournament.
Montana is hoping for a sellout. And a whiteout. And tickets are going fast.
Bob Meseroll of the Missoulian has this in today’s paper:
No mathematics professors are needed to figure out this scenario.
The Montana Grizzlies and Weber State Wildcats will go five-on-five for at least 40 minutes Tuesday night at Dahlberg Arena to determine the Big Sky Conference men’s basketball regular-season champion. With the right to host the tournament semifinals and championship on the line, it’s winner takes all.
The matchup could hardly be more epic.
Jonathan Reed of Big Sky Basketball breaks down the implications of the game, then offers a prediction. He’s also laid out some of the storylines for the Big Sky week in basketball.
Greg Rachac, the Billings Gazette’s Cat-Griz Insider (Yes, this refers to the other ‘Cats, the Bobcats from Montana State), adds a few notes on the game.
Five NBA scouts are expected to attend.
The Big Sky Conference got the hype machine cranked up early with this post last week, in case you missed it.
If one epic showdown is not enough for you, tonight could be a preview of the Big Sky tournament championship game, with an NCAA Tournament bid on the line.