Almost time for a few days of Christmas break for the Grizzlies but first there's hoop Sunday afternoon wrapping up three days of bucketball action at Dahlberg Arena
Montana hopes to expectorate its recent road woes at the friendly confines Sunday when they meet the University of South Dakota.
The Yotes are coming off a Thursday engagement in Vermillion against Montana State while the Grizzlies had a seven-day respite after the humiliation in Milwaukee.
But with one of the top 20 most-difficult schedules in the country one thing's for sure, this will be a battle hardened Montana team that opens league play at home in just a couple of weeks.
And while their record might not indicate it, take this to the bank, they're comin'.
True that field goal defense and rebounding remain a work in progress but with senior wing Mike Weisner on the shelf with an ankle injury the last pair of games, players like Brandon Gfeller, Fabijan Krslovik, Jack Lopez and Chris Kemp have seen quality floor time that will do nothing hut enhance this group down the line.
Even with foul trouble, Martin Breunig has often proven virtually unstoppable and is the early choice for the circuit's Newcomer of the Year but the Big Sky Conference looks as strong at the top as I can remember.
As for the Coyotes they're a perimeter oriented team led by senior Brandon Bos who shoots a quarter of his shots from outside the arc and averages just north of 17 an outing.
South Dakota is a veteran group that's been starting all upper classmen with its share of drop-downs and transfers including 6 foot 10 Australian post James Hunter from Washington State.
In fact their roster features just a half dozen of 16 listed players who didn't initially play elsewhere and they're from seven states, Canada and of course Australia.
Las Vegas guard Tyler Larson, a senior who originally played at Casper College where Daniel Nwosu transferred here from, contributes about 16 an outing and connects on almost half of his field goal attempts while along with Bos and Casey Kasperbauer carry the majority of the three-point load leaving just a pittance for the remainder of the roster for a team shooting about 35 percent.
It's a 1 p.m. start and I hope to see you there.