Game 2: Idaho (0-1) vs. Montana (0-1)
When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 (7:05 p.m. PT)
Where: Moscow, Idaho (Memorial Gym)
Radio: Vandal Radio Network/VandalXtra
Online Video: VandalXtra
Live Stats: www.GoVandals.com
A Look at the Grizzlies:
Montana’s opener at Colorado State was similar to Idaho’s opener. The Grizzlies outshot the Rams from the field, but lost the turnover battle and fell, 72-65. Montana was out-rebounded, 44-21, in the game and outscored in second-chance points, 17-0. UM hit 45.5 percent of its shots overall and went 7-of-17 (.412) from 3-point range in the game, but had just two offensive boards. In its 86-68 exhibition win over LCSC, Montana shot 51.6 percent and had 18 assists with just seven turnovers. The Griz have shot at least 40 percent from 3-point range in both of their games so far this season, but also committed a combined 53 fouls and surrendered 63 opponent free throw attempts.
Montana Head Coach Wayne Tinkle:
Wayne Tinkle is in his seventh season at Montana. He holds a 116-71 career coaching record, all at Montana. He led the Griz to a 25-7 overall record and Big Sky Conference title last season. Under Tinkle, Montana earned NCAA Tournament bids twice in the last three seasons (2010, 2012) and a CBI bid in 2011. He was a five-year assistant coach at Montana before being promoted to head coach. He was a three-time All-Big Sky player for the Griz from 1985-89.
Idaho came up short in its opener last Friday against Wright State. The Vandals shot 53.5 percent from the floor and out-rebounded the Raiders, but turned it over 13 times, missed 10 free throws and gave up nine 3-pointers. It was Idaho’s first home-opening loss under head coach Don Verlin and ended the team’s five-game winning streak in such games.
Vandals vs. Grizzlies
Idaho and Montana have a rivalry that numbers 178 games and dates to the 1915-16 season. The Vandals hold a 101-77 edge in the series, but Montana has won four in a row and five of the last six since 2000. Montana took a 64-63 on Dec. 18, 2010, in their most recent visit to Moscow. Idaho is 13-2 against Montana at home since 1986. The Griz won last year’s matchup at Missoula, 57-52. In that game, Idaho missed 20 of its first 23 shots and fell behind 24-8 in the first half. The Vandals climbed all the way back within one point in the second, but couldn’t re-take the lead in the road loss.
High School Teammates
Idaho junior guard Denzel Douglas and Montana junior guard/forward Kareem Jamar were high school teammates at Westchester High School (Los Angeles, Calif.). They were both All-City selections for a team that won back-to-back CIF state titles in 2009 and 2010, was ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps and was a top-10 national team by several other ranking organizations. WHS was a combined 68-7 in their junior and senior seasons at the school.
Idaho and Montana have a basketball rivalry that dates 97 years. The combined 178 games against the Griz are the second-most of any single Vandal opponent in program history, behind Washington State (266). Idaho’s 101 wins are also second-most in program history against any single opponent (Washington State, 106). As former Big Sky Conference rivals, Idaho and Montana also met eight times in the Big Sky Tournament, with an even 4-4 split.
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