Big Sky Conference teams have combined for just 26 road victories thus far this season and it is not a surprise that while the circuit's two front runners have a combined 10 losses, both Weber State and Northern Colorado are perfect in eight games at home.
And like Montana with four games remaining in the regular season, the Wildcats and the Bears are home for a pair of contests this week.
Weber State looks to clinch at least a tie for the title with games against suddenly upstart Sacramento State and Northern Arizona while Northern Colorado tries to gain a split with Eastern Washington and Portland State, teams they lost to earlier in the season.
The Wildcats (15-9) have moved into 25th in the Mid-Major poll while Northern Colorado (10-6) continue to receive votes. Coming into the week, only a quartet of league teams have winning records.
If the Wildcats sweep and Northern Colorado loses one game, Weber clinches the outright title and the host spot for the seven-team tournament that starts March 13.
The surprise team of league play certainly is Sacramento State, which was picked seventh and eighth in pre-season polls. The Hornets are 10-2 in the Hornet's Nest and face Montana the last week of the regular season.
They've won seven straight conference home games, the program's longest Division-1 streak, and at 9-7 are tied for third with Montana and North Dakota. If they finish at .500 or above it would be the first time in Sacramento State's D-1 history and a trip to the tourney would be their first since 2006.
But it's a crucial stretch for the Hornets since like Eastern Washington they play three games this week.
The league moved up a spot in RPI this week but still rank just 25th with the Grizzlies in the league's third RPI position behind Weber and UNC.
Saturday night's opponent, Southern Utah, after winning their first game have lost a nation-leading 24 straight with a game at Bozeman Thursday.
Amazingly three games separate the second place team from the 10th spot.