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GAME(S) THREAD: Cougar Hispanic College Fund Challenge

Posted by Jeff Nusser on November 21, 2007

Friday vs. Montana, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday vs. Mississippi Valley State, noon
Sunday vs. Air Force, 2:30 p.m.

With the Apple Cup coming up this weekend — and yours truly will be there, celebrating, win or lose thanks to the end of a certain quarterback’s career (but that’s a topic for the football blog) — news on the Cougar hoopsters has been sparse now that the season is fully under way.

With Thanksgiving on tap tomorrow, and since I’ll be traveling to the west side and unsure if I’ll be able to get to a computer, I figured I’d throw up the game(s) thread for the Cougar Hispanic College Fund Challenge going on this weekend in Spokane.

The bad news is that once again, none of the games are on TV. The good news is that from here on out, virtually every game is.

Feel free to leave your thoughts on the games this weekend here, which I probably will do if I can get to a computer at some point. Realistically, none of these games should pose much of a challenge, but ESPN.com’s Reggie Rankin thinks Friday’s game against Montana could be a land mine waiting to happen for the Cougs, listing the game under his “upset watch”:

The Grizzlies are poised for a run at the Big Sky Conference. They are led by two preseason all-conference first-teamers, Jordan Hasquet and Andrew Strait, who has been mentioned for conference player of the year honors. Senior guard Matt Martin and sophomore point guard Cameron Rundles work the perimeter and give Montana a balanced and experienced attack along with Hasquet and Strait. … Coach Tony Bennett’s pack defense is as good as any in the country, but Montana’s inside-out attack puts the Grizzlies in the game.

We’ll see. He did put the Ducks on his upset watch as well …

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2 Responses to “GAME(S) THREAD: Cougar Hispanic College Fund Challenge”

  1. Longball said

    I got to see the Montana game this weekend and though some (like my father) would like to see the #8 team winning by more comfortable margins, i was really happy with what i saw. Montana was kept in the game by some pretty scorching hot 3 point shooting, but you never got the feeling they were about to take control of things. The Cougs played like veterens and never panicked, believing in their style of hard nosed defense and patient offense. For my first game of the year the boys didnt let me down, and mostly performed as we’ve come to expect. Weaver was EVERYWHERE getting steals, blocks, and NBA highlight reel assists. Rochestie found out early on that he owned his guy off the dribble and never looked back, taking the scoring burden on his shoulders and making sure we kept the 3 point crazy Griz at bay. And i just love having Cowgill on the floor. That guy is so damned smart, its likeing having a second point gaurd in the low post.

    On Saturday night i was staying at the Davenport hotel in Spokane with my UW alum girlfriend and we ran into some of the Cougs who were staying there too. We were on our way to the nearest sports bar to watch the apple cup, her in her purple and gold, me in my crimson and there is robbie Cowgill towering over everyone in the lobby. She has become a bit of a coug hoops fan herself and i got to see the bizarre site of my girlfirend in a Husky sweatshirt shout “GO Cougs!!!” to Cowgill (with a little fist pump for emphasis), and he gave us kind of a bashful nod. It must have been confusing for anyone who witnessed it.

    Well its not every weekend that the Cougs win the Apple Cup AND go 3-0 in hoops. Live it up Coug fans!

  2. […] We’ll have some analysis of the weekend that was at the round-robin event in Spokane, but if you’re looking for some first-hand thoughts, check out this comment from loyal reader Longball. […]

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