Posted: Jun 15, 2013 5:20 PM by Derek Buerkle - MTN Sports
MISSOULA - Montana and Montana State will no longer meet in Saturday basketball doubleheaders come next season.
The Big Sky schedule instead split up the men and women from both rival schools. One will play in Bozeman and one will play in Missoula - a And both meetings will happen on Mondays in 2014.
No other Big Sky schools played two games in one venue, so accommodating the rivalry adjusted the schedule too much for other teams.
Montana's coaches understand why the switch needed to happen, but both showed more frustration about playing on a Monday.
"You don't want to play your rival and probably your biggest draw of the conference season on a Monday. I mean, the big thing is as coaches we want to make sure that it's fair and equitable to everybody. It looks that way. I think everybody plays at least one game on a Monday," Griz coach Wayne Tinkle said.
"We used to have it similar to this. We've never played on a Monday night of course. But you know I think obviously both are still a big draw game. And we'll get a good draw. And we'll just have to see how it works. It's just the way it had to be apparently to be fair to everyone, with 11 teams and how everybody matches up," Lady Griz coach Robin Selvig added.
The rivalry will tipoff on February 3, 2014 with the men in Bozeman and the ladies in Missoula. Then they'll switch venues on March 3.
Tinkle told us they expect this to only happen once. When Idaho joins the conference for hoops one year from now, the 12-team schedule should allow the Cats and Griz to play doubleheader Saturdays once again.