The atmosphere will be tense at Sioux Center on Thursday as North Dakota hosts Montana in a Big Sky bout. The game gets underway at 8:00 EST and it will be shown on Big Sky TV.
Montana is in 1st place in the conference, North Dakota is in 7th place. The Grizzlies check in at 8-4 overall including 4-0 in the Big Sky. The Fighting Sioux maintain a record of 4-9 and are 1-3 in the conference. The RPI has the Grizzlies ranked No. 146 and the Fighting Sioux at No. 326. Montana has won four games straight. Last season, the Grizzlies lost to the Fighting Sioux 88-81. Over the last four seasons, Montana is 2-1 against North Dakota, including 0-1 at Sioux Center.
StatSmack! Montana is better than North Dakota
More violent crime happens per capita in Grand Forks so be careful if you visit (when compared to Missoula -- according to the FBI).
Montana takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than North Dakota (4 vs 0).
Property crime happens more often per capita in Grand Forks so you better protect your valuables if you visit (when compared to Missoula -- according to the FBI).
Montana is a better three-point shooting team (40.7% vs 32.3%) than North Dakota this season.