13 Dec 2021 | 08:08 | Baseball
The return of Griz and Lady Griz basketball is one week away, and excitement is building.
The Big Sky Conference is hosting a 2021 Basketball Tipoff show on Thursday, which will air on ESPN+. Beginning at 10 a.m. and lasting through 2:30 p.m., fans will have an opportunity to hear from coaches and student-athletes from all men’s and women’s basketball programs.
Representing Montana is Travis DeCuire and Mack Anderson on the men’s side and Brian Holsinger and Sophia Stiles on the women’s end. The Grizzlies’ portion of the show will air on ESPN+ at 11:09 a.m. Thursday.
Those who are unable to watch the show live can watch an archived version on ESPN+ or on the Big Sky Conference YouTube channel.
The Lady Griz host Rocky Mountain in an exhibition game on Friday, before both teams officially open their 2021-22 seasons with a double-header on Tuesday. The women will play Northwest Nazarene at 5 p.m., before the men take the court against Dickinson State at 7:30 p.m.
Fans with a ticket to the women’s game are welcome to stay for the men’s game, as well, with general-admission seating available in portions of the upper bowl. Likewise, those with tickets to Tuesday’s men’s game are welcome to come early and cheer on the Lady Griz while sitting in an upper, general-admission area. Additionally, as part of the Can The Cats promotion, fans can get in to both contests on Tuesday – in addition to volleyball’s Senior Day match vs. Idaho on Saturday afternoon – by donating five or more canned-food items.
Below is a full schedule for Thursday’s Big Sky Conference Basketball Tipoff:
10 a.m. – Introduction/Commissioner interview
10:07 a.m. – Eastern Washington
10:29 a.m. – Idaho
10:49 a.m. – Idaho State
11:09 a.m. – Montana
11:32 a.m. – Preseason polls breakdown
11:45 a.m. – Montana State
12:06 p.m. – Northern Arizona
12:29 p.m. – Northern Colorado
12:49 p.m. – Portland state
1:12 p.m. – Preseason all-conference teams breakdown
1:22 p.m. – Sacramento State
1:44 p.m. – Southern Utah
2:06 p.m. – Weber State