An early look at today's game:
Here's my preview story.
Here's a quick scout box:
MONTANA (6-6 OVERALL, 0-1 BIG SKY)
AT WASHINGTON (7-3)
Noon Sunday, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
Series: Washington leads, 40-9; however, Montana has won three of the last four. The previous meeting in Seattle was in 1994: an 80-73 Griz overtime victory. The most recent meeting was an 88-77 UW win in the first round of the 2005 NCAA tournament at Boise, Idaho – the Huskies' first tournament win under coach Lorenzo Romar.
Statistical leaders: For Montana, G Anthony Johnson, 12.7 ppg; F Jordan Hasquet, 5.8 rpg; G Ceylon Elgin-Taylor, 4.3 apg. For UW, F Jon Brockman, 16.8 ppg and 10.7 rpg; G Isaiah Thomas, 3.3 apg.
Scouting report: Big Sky coaches and media both picked Montana to finish second in the conference behind Portland State. … The Grizzlies are 1-5 on the road. … Six-foot-11 center Brian Qvale leads the Big Sky with 1.67 blocked shots per game. G Ryan Staudacher leads the league in 3-point accuracy (57.7). Johnson and Jordan Hasquet rank fifth and sixth respectively in Big Sky scoring average. Hasquet ranks 12th on Montana's all-time scoring list (1,223). Johnson moved into the starting lineup after coach Wayne Tinkle's suspension of assists-leader Elgin-Taylor. Elgin-Taylor did not travel to Seattle. … Four Grizzlies have Washington roots: junior guard Staudacher, Kirkland (Lake Washington H.S.), sophomore guard Michael Taylor, Brewster (Eastern Washington U.), freshman guard Shawn Stockton, Spokane (Ferris H.S.); and junior guard Anthony Johnson, Tacoma (Stadium H.S., Yakima Valley C.C.). Johnson's wife, Shaunte Nance-Johnson, plays for the Montana women's basketball team. … Romar said his team is in good health. Brockman (ankle) will start. Freshman forward Tyreese Breshers (shin) remains out, but no decision on redshirting has been made.
Next: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, vs. Morgan State, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.