Big Sky Conference

Montana State men’s basketball releases 2018-19 schedule


BOZEMAN, Montana – Montana State squares off with teams from the SEC, Big 10, Pac 12 and Mountain West in the nine games of the 2018-19 men’s basketball season to highlight what head coach Brian Fish calls one of his most challenging schedules.

“Everything we do in the non-conference is geared toward getting us ready for the Big Sky season,” said Fish, entering his fifth season as Montana State’s head coach. “Our conference made one of the biggest jumps in RPI last year that any league has ever made, so getting through a 20-game Big Sky schedule will be a great challenge. Our 10 non-conference games will prepare us for that.”

The Cats open 2018-19 against ancient rival Utah State in Bozeman on November 6. Montana State and the Aggies first met in 1913, faced each other in the old Rocky Mountain Conference until 1937, and have played 119 times previously. MSU heads to Fish’s home state to face Indiana on November 9, MSU’s first matchup against the Hoosiers since 1986, before hosting Presentation on November 11. That leads into four straight road games, beginning with a contest at Colorado State on November 14. The Cats play at UCSB November 17, Arkansas on November 21, and Omaha on November 24.

North Dakota visits Bozeman as a non-conference foe on November 27. The Cats close the pre-conference schedule against Washington State at Kennewick on December 9 and at Denver on December 18.

The Big Sky schedule presents a different challenge than usual, expanding to a true round robin of 20 games. MSU opens (at Southern Utah and Northern Arizona) and closes the league season on the road (at Sacramento State and Portland State). The annual Cat-Griz doubleheaders are February 2 in Bozeman and February 23 in Missoula. The Big Sky Conference Tournament opens in Boise, Idaho, on March 13.

Season ticket renewals are currently being accepted, and information on new season tickets and single-game tickets will be available soon.

2018-19 Schedule

October 30   UM Western (exhibition), 7 pm

November 6    Utah State, 7 pm

November 9    at Indiana, TBA

November 11  Presentation, 7 pm

November 14  at Colorado State, TBA

November 17  at UCSB, TBA

November 21  at Arkansas, TBA

November 24  at Omaha, TBA

November 27   North Dakota, 7 pm

December 8    Washington State at Kennewick, TBA

December 18  at Denver, TBA

December 29  *at Southern Utah, TBA

December 31   *at Northern Arizona, TBA

January 3     *Portland State, 7 pm

January 5     *Sacramento State, 2 pm

January 10   *at Idaho, TBA

January 14   *Northern Colorado, 7 pm

January 19   *at Eastern Washington, 2 pm PT

January 24    *Weber State, 7 pm

January 26    *Idaho State, 2 pm

February 2     *Montana, 7 pm

February 4     *at Northern Colorado, TBA

February 7     *Eastern Washington, 7 pm

February 9     *Idaho, 2 pm

February 14  *at Idaho State, TBA

February 16  *at Weber State, TBA

February 23   *at Montana, TBA

March 2    *Northern Arizona, 2 pm

March 4    *Southern Utah, 7 pm

March 7    *at Sacramento State, TBA

March 9    *at Portland State, TBA

March 13  Big Sky Tourney at Boise



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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