The team picked to finish eighth in the Big Sky Conference had the last laugh Saturday night,  when they beat the Montana State Bobcats for the 10th straight time, winning the regular season title and bringing the Big Sky Conference tournament to Missoula. 

University of Montana Athletic Director Kent Haslam expressed great pride in both the men's and women's teams, coaches and support staff for bringing both tournaments to Missoula this weekend.

"it's a real testament to the coaches and student athletes  we have here, and that we'll be the center of big Sky Conference basketball this week, bringing both those tournaments to Missoula," Haslam said. "We'l have 14 teams coming from out of town along with their families and fans. ESPN will be here to televise the men's championship game on Saturday night."

Tickets for both tournaments are on sale now at Griztix dot com, or by calling 1-888-Montana.

Here is the tournament schedule according to Montana Sports Information:

Wednesday, March 11

No. 7 Montana State vs. No. 2 Sacramento State-- 11 a.m.

No. 6 North Dakota vs. No. 3 Northern Colorado-- 1:30 p.m.

No. 5 Northern Arizona vs. No. 4 Eastern Washington-- 5:30 p.m.

No. 8 Idaho State vs. No. 1 Montana-- 8 p.m.

Friday, March 13

Semifinal I (MSU/SAC vs. UND/UNC) -- 11 a.m.

Semifinal II (NAU/EWU vs. ISU/UM) -- 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 14

Championship -- 2 p.m.

 

Big Sky Conference men’s basketball tournament schedule:

Thursday, March 12

No. 7 Idaho vs. No. 2 Eastern Washington-- 11 a.m.

No. 6 Portland State vs. No. 3 Sacramento State-- 1:30 p.m.

No. 5 Northern Colorado vs. No. 4 Northern Arizona-- 5:30 p.m.

No. 8 Weber State vs. No. 1 Montana-- 8 p.m.

Friday, March 13

Semifinal I (UI/EWU vs. PSU/SAC) -- 5:30 p.m.

Semifinal II (UNC/NAU vs. WSU/UM) -- 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 14

Championship -- 7 p.m. (televised on ESPN)