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The defending Big Sky Conference champion University of Montana basketball team will play 16 home games (which includes two exhibition contests) this season, and have a formidable five game non-league road schedule as well.

The Grizzlies, coming off a 25-7 season in which they won a league-record 19 contests en route to the Big Sky's regular-season title, will host two exhibition games, four non-league contests, and 10 Big Sky games.

Eighth-year head coach Wayne Tinkle's 2013-14 team, which returns two-plus starters from a 25-7 squad, including Big Sky Conference MVP, senior guard-forward Kareem Jamar (32 starts), along with 6-9 senior center Eric Hutchison (27 starts), and 6-2 junior guard Jordan Gregory (21 starts).

Also back are 6-2 junior guard Keron DeShields, 6-5 sophomore forward Nick Emerson, 7-0 sophomore center Andy Martin, 6-7 junior forward Mike Weisner, 6-7 sophomore forward Jake Wiley, and 6-0 sophomore guard Morgan Young.

Tinkle and his staff of Kurt Paulson, Jono Metzger-Jones, and Kerry Rupp also added four preps, a junior college transfer, and have one redshirt returning.

The high school additions are 6-0 guard Mario Dunn Jr. (Salesian HS, Oakland, Calif.), 6-4 guard Brandon Gfeller (Colfax HS, Wash.), 6-5 guard-forward Jack Lopez (Jannali HS, Bankstown Australia), and 6-4 guard-forward Daine Muller (Billings Skyview HS, Mont.).

Chris Kemp, a 6-7, 238-pound JC transfer from Baltimore, who played at West Texas College, should compete for a starting berth. Also back is 6-2 guard Riley Bradshaw (Corvallis HS, Mont.), who redshirted last year after transferring from Utah State. UM also added 6-8 junior center Martin Breunig from the University of Washington, who will not be eligible to play until next season due to NCAA transfer rules.

"We do have a lot of new additions to the team," Tinkle said. "We love the returners and the experience that we've got, but we're going to need some of these new guys to contribute."

That group of veterans and newcomers start their schedule with a pair of home exhibition games, playing Simon Fraser on Oct. 26 and Lewis and Clark on Nov. 6. They make their season debut in the annual Silver-Maroon scrimmage on Thursday, Oct. 24.

The Griz open the regular-season on the road at Minnesota (Nov. 12) and at South Dakota State (Nov. 14). The Gophers were 21-13 last season. SDSU was 25-10 last year, including a 68-67 double overtime win over the Grizzlies in Missoula.

"It's a very challenging schedule, especially early," said Tinkle, who sports a 141-78 career record at his alma mater. "But we like it that way. We're going to be tested. We're going to be able to develop some toughness. Our guys are going to have to be ready to answer the challenge.

"It's gotten more and more difficult to get teams to come to Missoula," said Tinkle who has been named the league's "Coach of the Year" the past two seasons. "Our non-league schedule will be a great experience for us in terms of preparing for the Big Sky race."

Montana's home opener is Friday, Nov. 22, against the University of San Francisco Dons, a team that beat the Griz 78-68 a year ago. The Grizzlies have three other non-conference home games against Idaho, St. Martin's and UM-Western.

The Griz are on the road again after the USF contest, playing at Washington (Nov. 26) and at Hawaii (Nov. 29). UM's other non-league road game is at Idaho on Dec. 28.

Montana starts its Big Sky slate hosting Northern Arizona and Sacramento State, Thursday and Saturday, Jan. 2 & 4. UM's home games will start at 7:05 p.m.

"The league will be really tough this year," said Tinkle, who has a Big Sky record of 85-31. "I don't think it will be like the past two seasons with one team just losing one league game (Montana has been 15-1 and 19-1 the past two years in conference play). I don't think that will happen this season. We've done a nice job of playing our best basketball in March. That's what we hope to do again this year - use the pre-season and the early conference season to build, and peak at the right time."




2013-14 University of Montana Grizzly Men's Basketball Schedule

Date-Day--------Opponent------Time (Mtn.)

Oct. 24-Thurs.---Silver-Maroon Scrimmage--5:30 p.m.

Oct. 26-Sat.---Simon Fraser (Exhibition)---7:05 p.m.

Nov. 6-Wed.---Lewis and Clark (Exhibition)---7:05 p.m.

Nov. 12-Tues.---@Minnesota---6:00 p.m.

Nov. 14-Thurs.---@South Dakota State---6:00 p.m.

Nov. 22-Fri.----U of San Francisco---7:05 p.m.

Nov. 26-Tues.---@U of Washington---7:00 p.m.

Nov. 29-Fri.----@U of Hawaii---11:30 p.m.

Dec.-11-Wed.---Idaho---7:05 p.m.

Dec. 15-Sun.---St. Martin's---7:05 p.m.

Dec. 20-Fri.---UM-Western---7:05 p.m.

Dec.-28-Sat.---@Idaho---TBA

Jan. 2-Thurs.---Northern Arizona*---7:05 p.m.

Jan.-4-Sat.---Sacramento State*---7:05 p.m.

Jan.-9-Thurs.---@Eastern Washington*---7:05 p.m.

Jan.-11-Sat.---@Portland State*---8:05 p.m.

Jan.-16-Thurs.---North Dakota*---6:05 p.m.

Jan.-18-Sat.---Northern Colorado*---7:05 p.m.

Jan.-23-Thurs.---@Idaho State*---7:05 p.m.

Jan.-25-Sat.---@Weber State*---7:05 p.m.

Jan.-30-Thurs.---@Southern Utah*---7:05 p.m.

Feb. 3-Mon.---@Montana State*---7:05 p.m.

Feb.-6-Thurs.---Portland State*---7:05 p.m.

Feb.-8-Sat.---Eastern Washington*---7:05 p.m.

Feb.-13-Thurs.---@Northern Colorado*---7:05 p.m.

Feb.-15-Sat.---@North Dakota*---3:05 p.m.

Feb. 20-Thurs.---Weber State*---7:05 p.m.

Feb. 22-Sat.---Idaho State*---7:05 p.m.

March-1-Sat.---Southern Utah*---7:05 p.m.

March-3-Mon.---Montana State*---7:05 p.m.

March-6-Thurs.---@Sacramento State*---8:05 p.m.

March-8-Sat.---@Northern Arizona*---TBA

March 13-15---Big Sky Conference Tournament---TBA

Thurs.-Fri.-Sat.---(At regular-season champion)

*=Big Sky Conference game
 
Wow, what a nice OOC schedule. If the Griz can pick up some wins this will look good come March. Way to go Wayne! :clap:
 
I believe South Dakota is on this schedule too. November 9th at SD. I am going to the game, if true. Pretty sure the left that one off this schedule.

Damn, so excited about basketball. I forgot the football team was playing at SD that date. I guess I will going to watch football, instead of basketball. :thumb:
 
Nice road OOC schedule, should help with SOS, but I can already hear some on this board screaming about the lack of fan interest. Has UM ever only had 2 D-I OOC home games before? the Idaho game is the only one that will really attract students, but unfortunately it is during finals week, so I wouldn't expect too many people then either.

Ugh, the fans bitching about attendance is going to be ugly until late February.
 
Wow, the first five games will be telling. I won't be surprised if the Griz open 0-5, but then again I really think the Griz have just as good of a chance to go 4-1.

Hopefully, having dropped games to San Francisco and South Dakota State last year, the Griz will come out motivated and at least get 3 of 5 (Hawaii being the other, but that's a tough trip).
 
MrTitleist said:
The home OOC definitely leaves a lot to be desired. On the road isn't bad..


Road OOC is GREAT! Home schedule is definitely weaker. All in all, though, a very good and testing schedule.

I took a glance at the cat's schedule and :sleep:
 
Just saw this and immediately got on the phone with a buddy who has 4 UW season tickets through his work. Not a for sure just yet, but it looks promising for getting good seats for the Griz at UW on November 26.
 
Montana's Schedy is a lot like Weber's this year, pretty good road games with ok home slates.

Weber's OOC

Sat. Nov. 2 Adams State (exhibition) Ogden
Sat. Nov. 9 at BYU Provo, UT
Sat. Nov. 16 at Colorado State Ft. Collins, CO
Tue. Nov. 26 Utah State Ogden
Sat. Nov. 30 San Jose State Ogden
Sat. Dec. 7 at UT Arlington Arlington, TX
Wed. Dec. 11 at Utah Valley Orem, UT
Tues. Dec. 17 Saint Katherine College Ogden
Sun. Dec. 22 at UCLA Los Angeles, CA
Sat. Dec. 28 Northern New Mexico Ogden


I heard from someone that the Colorado State game was a home and home, but I also heard from another that it was a 2 for 1. I'd take either at this time, it's hard enough getting teams to come to the Dee. Weber will play Oral Roberts next season for the return BB game.
 
WILDCATFAN said:
Montana's Schedy is a lot like Weber's this year, pretty good road games with ok home slates.

Weber's OOC

Sat. Nov. 2 Adams State (exhibition) Ogden
Sat. Nov. 9 at BYU Provo, UT
Sat. Nov. 16 at Colorado State Ft. Collins, CO
Tue. Nov. 26 Utah State Ogden
Sat. Nov. 30 San Jose State Ogden
Sat. Dec. 7 at UT Arlington Arlington, TX
Wed. Dec. 11 at Utah Valley Orem, UT
Tues. Dec. 17 Saint Katherine College Ogden
Sun. Dec. 22 at UCLA Los Angeles, CA
Sat. Dec. 28 Northern New Mexico Ogden


I heard from someone that the Colorado State game was a home and home, but I also heard from another that it was a 2 for 1. I'd take either at this time, it's hard enough getting teams to come to the Dee. Weber will play Oral Roberts next season for the return BB game.

If the Griz's recent sting with CSU is any indication, it will be a 3 for 1. CSU owes us a return trip.
 
PeauxRouge said:
WILDCATFAN said:
Montana's Schedy is a lot like Weber's this year, pretty good road games with ok home slates.

Weber's OOC

Sat. Nov. 2 Adams State (exhibition) Ogden
Sat. Nov. 9 at BYU Provo, UT
Sat. Nov. 16 at Colorado State Ft. Collins, CO
Tue. Nov. 26 Utah State Ogden
Sat. Nov. 30 San Jose State Ogden
Sat. Dec. 7 at UT Arlington Arlington, TX
Wed. Dec. 11 at Utah Valley Orem, UT
Tues. Dec. 17 Saint Katherine College Ogden
Sun. Dec. 22 at UCLA Los Angeles, CA
Sat. Dec. 28 Northern New Mexico Ogden


I heard from someone that the Colorado State game was a home and home, but I also heard from another that it was a 2 for 1. I'd take either at this time, it's hard enough getting teams to come to the Dee. Weber will play Oral Roberts next season for the return BB game.

If the Griz's recent stint with CSU is any indication, it will be a 3 for 1. CSU owes us a return trip.
 
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