MISSOULA — The Montana men’s basketball team has agreed to add a third opponent to its non-conference home schedule.
The Griz will host the Montana Tech Orediggers on Nov. 12, according to a tweet from the Montana Tech basketball account.
“Big s/o to our good friends @MontanaGrizBB and @CoachDeCuire for hosting the Diggers in November. It will be a great opportunity for our program to learn from and compete against the talented and very well-coached defending Big Sky Champions. #RollDiggs”
Big s/o to our good friends @MontanaGrizBB and @CoachDeCuire for hosting the Diggers in November. It will be a great opportunity for our program to learn from and compete against the talented and very well-coached defending Big Sky Champions. #RollDiggs 🏀⚒️ pic.twitter.com/crMxw5ygob— Tech Basketball (@MTechHoops) June 7, 2018
Montana and Montana Tech have agreed to play the game, although a signed contract hasn’t yet been received by the Griz athletic department, according to Ryan Martin, Montana’s associate athletic director for business operations.
The Grizzlies’ non-conference schedule is up to seven games. They’re contracted to host Georgia State on Nov. 9 and North Dakota State at a date to be determined. They’ll play on the road at Arizona, Creighton, South Dakota State and UC Irvine.
Montana has 27 games on its schedule, counting its 20 conference games. It can add two more individual games for a total of 29, or it can add a multi-team event with up to four games for a total of 31.
The Griz have hosted six in-state non-Division I teams in DeCuire’s first four seasons. They’re undefeated in those games, winning by 22.8 points on average.
Montana Tech assistant coach Derek Selvig was a Griz standout from 2008 to 2012 and will be making his first appearance in Dahlberg Arena as a coach. He helped Montana reach back-to-back NCAA tournaments while shooting 40 percent on 3-pointers in his career. The 7-foot power forward is the nephew of longtime Lady Griz coach Robin Selvig.
The Orediggers have three players from the Missoula area on their roster. Sophomore forward Derrius Colins earned all-state honors at Hellgate, and redshirt freshman forward William Mytty played at Sentinel, where he was named to the all-conference second team. Redshirt freshman forward Cody Liles was an all-state player at Florence.