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2013-14 Montana Basketball

2013-14 Outlook

• Nick Emerson, 6-5, 206, So., 1V, 0.0 ppg, 0.3 rpg (12 games) • Jack Lopez (G-F), 6-5, 210, Fr., HS, (prep stats NA) • Mike Weisner, 6-7, 185, Jr. 2V, 6.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 90.0 FT%

CENTER

“Hutch also had a great off-season, and he’s really excited about his senior year. We threw so much at Andrew and he got better and better. We really had hoped to redshirt him, but I think the fact that he got some playing time and had to play in some big games will help him this year. He had a very good off-season. Somehow we’ve got to get his metabolism slowed down so he can start to put on some bulk, but he and Hutch – that combination is going to be good for us. “We also have the flexibility to go small and put Chris Kemp there against some teams. I am excited about our front court, because we do have some interchangeable parts, and we have more strength and toughness then maybe a year ago.”

CENTERS:

• Eric Hutchison, 6-9, 230, Sr., 3V, 3.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg • Andy Martin, 7-0, 223, So., 1V, 2.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, .75 blk pg (28 games) • Martin Breunig, 6-8, 210, Jr. (Will not play until the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules)

THE SCHEDULE

“(Sophomore center) Andy Martin had his moments (last season), and he’s going to vie for playing time and should vie for the starting spot.”---Coach Wayne Tinkle

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The Griz have several difficult road contests, and they open their 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. “There are some Big Sky teams that return a lot of talent with a ton of experience,” Tinkle said. “Weber lost a couple of key guys, but they’ve got big pieces back. Northern Colorado and North Dakota are two teams that were playing their best basketball at the end of the year, and they’ve got everybody back. “Probably the top four teams along with us will be Weber, Northern Colorado, and North Dakota, as far as the coaches and media voting goes in the pre-season polls,“ Tinkle said. “But, I know the rest of the teams have worked hard and are going to be better. Sacramento State is very improved, and I know that Bill (Evans) at Idaho State will have those guys playing a lot better. Northern Arizona did a nice job last season, and Eastern Washington and Portland State always seem to have good talent. Southern Utah lost a lot of good players, but coach (Nick) Robinson does a good job, and I am sure he will have them geared up. “I think this could be as competitive a league as we’ve seen in awhile,” Tinkle said. “The past couple of years there have been a couple of us who have ran away from the pack, and I am not sure if that’s going to happen this year.”

U N I T E D

2013 14 Montana Basketball Yearbook  

2013 14 Montana Basketball Yearbook