Big Sky Conference

Montana State, Idaho State clinging to playoff hopes entering Saturday’s showdown

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 The Bengals are treading into what Rob Phenicie calls unchartered waters. The Bobcats are trying to ascend back to the place they once occupied in the Big Sky Conference not too long ago.

Idaho State hosts Montana State at Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho on Saturday in a game with postseason implications. Following two straight heartbreaking losses, ISU must win out to get to seven Division I wins. The 4-3 Bengals began their season with a Division II victory.

The Bobcats are also 4-3. A loss would not necessarily eliminate an MSU team that will play an 11-game Division I schedule in 2018 but it would certainly paint Montana State into a corner.

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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 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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