The Montana Grizzlies(6-3) will roll into Moby Arena and try and stop the Colorado State Rams(6-3) from making it six wins at home. Montana ranks #113 in the RPI and the Rams are close behind at #120 after beating Colorado on Thursday. The last two years the teams have played they spilt with each winning by a huge margin. More after the jump...
The Rams will have to slow down big man Brian Qvale and his 11.4 ppg, 1.8 blocks, and 8.6 rebounds. Their leading scorer Anthony Johnson averages 19 points a game.
The Rams will need to come out and play another complete game like they did against Colorado. Travis Franklin could make a name for himself if he keeps playing how he has early this year. Travis Busch will keep trying to work himself into the rotation on his recovering knee and will be a player to watch over the next month.
Looking at the stat sheet the Rams have the advantage on the glass, especially the offensive glass where they average 12.9 offensive rebounds per game to Montana's 8.2 average. The other big advantage for the Rams comes from their 7.8 steals to 5.9 for Montana. That could be a possible 10 points from offensive rebounds and another 4 from steals that could separate the Rams from the Grizzlies.
The Rams are use to going to the line, however Montana gives up 6 less fouls per game then the Rams are use to. That could swing that possible 14 point advantage back to Montana along with their higher field goal % and free throw %.