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Defensive communication crucial for Bobcats

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Brian Fish will be the first to tell you he has a great group of guys on his Montana State men’s basketball team. However, just because his collection of players is a decent group of young men does not mean the team is a talkative bunch.

“You better hope if you have a van full our players, the radio works because if not, you are going to run off the road and hit a tree because no one talks,” Fish joked following the Bobcats’ first Big Sky Conference win of the season on New Year’s Eve. “We will text the hell out of each other, but we won’t talk (laughs). We are trying to get them to talk. Either they are going to win or I’m going to win but tonight, I give the check in my favor because we got them talking a little better.”

Fish, Montana State’s third-year head coach who spent stints as an assistant at Creighton and Oregon before coming to MSU, said he watched Villanova and Creighton play on Saturday hours before his Bobcats hosted Idaho State. He noticed the high level of communication, particularly on the defensive end. He could only hope to see the same thing from his team Saturday afternoon less than 40 hours after a poor defensive performance in a loss to Weber State.

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About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 12 year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to founded Skyline Sports.

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