So here we go for the 32nd Griz basketball game of the season in the midst of spring football and the first-ever home opener for softball.
I am in the Lone Star state where officials of the National Invitational Tournament decided to ship the Griz rather than leave them with a plethora of choices on the west coast.
Word had it Sunday that Stanford was a possibility yet Oregon State also was in the picture although the Beavers didn't get in.
Boise State also a possibility but they made the Big Dance and then of course there was Colorado State. I figured Seattle also might have been in the mix but instead on the plane Monday for a Tuesday matchup with Texas A&M in College Station.
I have not been on the massive campus since Griz football ate a travel meal in their version of the Sky Club when Montana was headed to play Tennessee.
Nearly 50,000 students yearly are Aggie undergrads.
While extremely disappointed about failing to get into the NCAA Championship, the Grizzlies are excited to be back on the floor at Reed Arena in front of a nationally televised agenda let alone internationally on the Grizzly Radio Network.
This has been quite the resilient team this season rebounding from several disappointments to reach the 20-win plateau and I expect nothing different tonight (Tuesday) even after a long day of travel and a quick turnaround from the conference finale.
The winner meets either Central Michigan or Louisiana Tech and because they would be the lower seeded team (7-seed) the Grizzlies likely would travel to one of those sites.
Third in the SEC, Texas A&M lost to Auburn 66-59 in the circuit tournament and earlier in the season took unbeaten Kentucky to the wire eventually losing by a half dozen. No other team has played the Wildcats so closely.
Stats show the Aggies pound the glass substantially outrebounding opponents at both ends of the floor.
Jalen Jones grabs some seven a game matched by Kourtney Roberson in conference outings.
After the Kentucky loss at mid-season they captured six straight SEC games before losing to Ole Miss but won just four of nine at the end of the season.
Their average attendance this season was a bit more than the capacity of Dahlberg Arena.
Pre-game at 6:30 MDT tonight (Tuesday) with tipoff at 7 p.m.