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Post Season Vid - Men's and Women's


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Pretty Well done. Not sure I like the narration, but the sound bites of Tinkle are well worth it for anyone wondering what he is so animated about.

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Love it, thanks for sharing. Sure in the hell beats the lasting impression of the Syracuse game Great to see Will and Kareem at their best, and Weisner/Gregory hitting clutch 3's too.

The insight on with Wayne Tinkle was great too. I would love to see more features on the basketball teams and coaches. I am not sure how many in Missoula even know Wayne and Robin as people, let alone 2 great coaches.
Also, here is the summary write-up for the Men's season:

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THE SEASON: The University of Montana Grizzlies finished the 2012-13 season with a 25-7 record and ranked 14th in CollegeInsider.com's final Mid-Major poll, and they set many school and conference records along the way.

GRIZ SECOND NCAA BERTH IN A ROW: Montana made its second trip in a row and third in the last four years to the NCAA Tournament (UM's 10th overall), playing 19th-ranked Syracuse in a second round game in San Jose, Calif.

BIG SKY CHAMPS: Host Montana defeated Weber State 67-64 in the Big Sky Conference championship game to earn the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

REGULAR-SEASON TITLE: The Griz also won the Big Sky's regular-season championship with a 19-1 record which earned them the right to host the league's post-season tournament in Missoula for the second straight season.

RECORD 19 BIG SKY WINS: UM's 19 Big Sky victories are the most in league history.

93RD WIN IN FOUR SEASONS!: UM's win over Weber State on March 16 in the Big Sky's tourney title game was its 93rd in the last four seasons -- a school record. It broke the mark of 88 wins in a four-year span by UM's teams from 1983-86. UM has 31 consecutive home wins over Big Sky opponents, a streak they will carry into next season.

SECOND MOST WINS EVER IN A SEASON AT UM: Montana's 25 wins this season tied the 2011-12 team's mark for the second most ever in a season. (The school record is 27 wins by Montana's 1949-50 and 1991-92 teams).

GRIZ RANKED NATIONALLY: The Griz finished ranked fifth in the nation in free throw percentage at 76.7%, while Davidson was the leader at 79.5%. Montana was 35th in field goal percentage (46.5%), and Weber State is first at 50.5%. UM was ranked 21st in the country in won-lost percentage (78.1%), and the leader was Gonzaga (91.4%).

SCHOOL RECORD FT%: Montana set a school record in free throw percentage at 76.7% (499-of-651). They broke the mark of 76.0% (472-of-621), set by UM's 1997-98 squad.

TINKLE FOURTH IN CAREER WINS/JUST TWO AWAY FROM THIRD: Seventh-year Griz head coach Wayne Tinkle is ranked fourth in school history with 141 career wins, and he needs just two more to pass Blaine Taylor (142 wins in seven seasons, 1992-98) for third.

"TINKS" COACH OF THE YEAR: Tinkle was named the Big Sky's "Coach of the Year" in 2013 -- the second year in a row he was so-honored by his peers.

TWO SENIORS LEAVE LEGACY AT UM: Montana's two seniors, point guard Will Cherry and forward Mathias Ward were both a big part of those record 93 wins and four consecutive 20-win seasons during their stellar careers. Cherry, from Oakland, Calif., had 104 career starts -- the most in school history. Ward played in 116 games.

POST-SEASON HONORS: Jamar was named the Big Sky MVP, while Cherry was chosen the league's "Defensive Player of the Year" the second season in a row. Cherry and Jamar were first team all-conference picks. Jamar scored in double figures in 25 of 32 games this season, and was the only player to start all 32 contests. Ward was named to the second team, and sophomore guard Jordan Gregory was an honorable mention selection. WILL 1ST TEAM ALL-LEAGUE AGAIN: Cherry was a first team All-Big Sky pick for the third straight season in 2012-13 -- becoming the 21st player in league history to reach that milestone. He's only the third Montana player to do that, joining forward Larry Krystkowiak (1984-85-86) and guard Micheal Ray Richardson (1976-77-78).


"It was unbelievable when you look at all we accomplished and what we had to overcome, losing a player we thought might start for us before the season and injuries - that sort of things. All the while you're going through it you don't think about the incredible steps you are making. But to go 19-1 and set the record for consecutive league wins, and the home game-winning streak still moving forward into next season, and to win 25 games.

"I was sitting here in early October wondering how we could be at .500. It's really a credit to our guys for buying in, and different guys stepping up when we need them to. It was different guys on different nights, so it was a very, very fulfilling year. The records they set and the heights that they reached are pretty dang impressive.

"What's great through it all is bringing that (the Big Sky Conference post-season) tournament to Missoula two years in a row and winning it in front of our fans. I thought it was a real positive infusion into our community and got people excited, and for our economy also. It makes us very proud of what we've accomplished, because of what our university and community means to us.

"They're (Weber State) so talented. They go on into the C.I.T. and get to 30 wins. They are just an amazing team, and to think that we beat them twice says a lot about our guys.

"There's just a few different parts of the season that were just amazing. When we lose both Will (senior guard Cherry) and Mathias (senior forward Ward) and go and win at Montana State and at Southern Utah. The way we performed at Davidson (a 93-87 overtime loss) without Mathias and Will going down late. There were different points of the year where we could have just thrown in the towel, but our guys just hung in there and kept finding ways to win, and to get that tournament here and win another championship.

"We'll all admit that we wish we were a little bit better against Syracuse (an 81-34 loss in the NCAA tournament). We knew it was a terrible draw for us from the start, but we're not going to dwell on that. What we accomplished with this group and the amount of youth that we had was just an amazing feat, and one that I think will be remembered for awhile.

"Will and Mathias were a huge part of our 93 wins and 20-win seasons the past few years. I think those two, along with a couple of guys before them, really helped us to turn the corner and head in the direction that we are going. They were a vital part of the success that we have enjoyed, and three out of their four years we went to the NCAA Tournament. I don't know if there's been a run like that either. So, very impressive suff that they've done, and they're going to leave their imprint on this program for many years to come.

"He (junior G-F Kareem Jamar) was the one constant throughout it all. Some other guys would be out for awhile and Kareem was there holding us together through thick and thin. It was really neat the rest of the coaches in the league honored him with an MVP selection. He did so many things well and is such a multi-dimensional player. It was nice to see him get that award, as well as sharing some other honors with some of our other players. Tinkle quotes add 1-1-1

"We had several guys make huge plays for us along the way. Like Jordan's (Gregory) three-pointer at Southern Utah to force the overtime, or Mike's (Weisner) trey against Montana State which also forced an overtime. That' the kind os stuff you need to make a run like we did. If we don't win those two games we're probably busing down to Ogden for the tournament. But there were a lot of them. Those are two of them right there. I think our effort at Davidson late in the year really sent a message to ourselves of what we were capable of.

"Bringing that tournament back here and cutting the nets down in front of your home faithful was something else. I think the reason it might have been more special than a year ago was because of what we did it with, and what we went though to get it done.

"We're excited with two talented newcomers (early prep signees, 6-0 point guard Mario Dunn and 6-4 two-guard Brandon Gfeller), along with our returning guys (UM returns three starters along with six lettermen). But there are a lot of question marks. We lose a lot of toughness in those two seniors. Our team really competed, and we got compliments about that from around the country on how hard we played, and those two guys set the tone.

"We're going to need some low-post scoring. Mathias was a guy who could score inside and out, and we've got to find people to do that. We have one scholarship open. This spring we'll look to sign a big and try to get some size. Then we will evaluate the rest of the year and see if we have to go in another direction in a couple of areas. It's a big off-season for us, because we did have big seasons the last two years, but we can't rest on that.

"Next year we'll have to be better. We can't be this year's team. It's going to be a tough league next season. Northern Colorado and North Dakota return everybody, and Weber State has some talented guys coming back as well. The rest of the teams will be better too. We need to make sure that we just rest and are content with what we have achieved. We need to stay hungry and humble, and work to get better.