It was an odd trip down the Interstate to Pocatello with the sparse snow making the journey look a whole lot more like a spring baseball trip than the conference road opener.
But it was the usual three-movie Beachliner trip to the land of the Bengals where the Grizzlies look for a fifth consecutive victory but far more important to get the circuit road wars off to a successful start.
And the Bobcats probably didn't help matters by claiming a rare three-point road breakthrough Thursday after nearly squandering a 15-point lead in the last three minutes.
MSU turned the trick by netting 10 treys but being outrebounded and outshot at the charity stripe.
When the Griz hit the floor of the Mini Dome in the morning, there will be several players who have never shot a basketball in the spacious confines of a dome like Holt Arena.
The Bobcats did a great job neutralizing 6-5 JC guard Chase Grabau who netted 31 in the ISU loss to Weber State.
Idaho State is the worst rebounding team in the Big Sky Conference getting about two less per game than the Griz, are the second-lowest scoring entity in the league and stand last in the league in shooting at barely north of 41 percent.
And they're giving up better than 46 percent from the field indicating there will be good shots available for the Montana offense.
With three straight and six of the next eight on the road, getting that first one is paramount for this Grizzly team.