Washington (4-0) vs. Montana (4-1)
Players to Watch
Anthony Johnson: Local hoop heads will remember this name as Johnson is a former student of Stadium High School and took the junior college route. Last season he was the Big Sky Newcomer of the Year and has only built off of last season’s success with a hot start. Johnson currently is leading the Big Sky in scoring at 22.0 PPG, free throw percentage, and minutes played. It should be an interesting battle between Johnson and Isaiah Thomas to see who can take over the game from the guard position. It should be noted how efficient Johnson can get his points, such as his 3/6 shooting night Oregon last week. However Johnson managed to end the night with 20 points after converting 14/15 free throws. Washington needs to keep tight defense on Johnson and make sure they rotate well to ensure there are no stupid fouls against what appears to be a machine at the line.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning: We know that Thomas and Quincy Pondexter are going to get their points, but today MBA will be going against a pretty talented Montana front line. MBA will be dealing directly with Brian Qvale, who has managed to put together a successful season so far with 11.6 PPG and 7.6 RPG. MBA holds no size advantage over Qvale as the Montana big man stands at a large 6’11, 255 pounds, so MBA will have to utilize his post moves to get his baskets as opposed to overpowering his defender.
- Montana was one of the teams that handed the Pac-10 one of its many non-conference losses, defeating Oregon 68-55
- The Grizzlies has former Husky walk-on commit Jack McGillis
- Washington should face a tougher defensive team today, Montana has allowed only 58.6 PPG so far
Washington: G: Venoy Overton G: Isaiah Thomas SF: Quincy Pondexter PF: Darnell Gant C: Matthew Bryan-Amaning
Montana: G: Anthony Johnson G: Ryan Staudacher G: Will Cherry F: Jack McGillis C: Brian Qvale