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Southern Utah seeks revenge on Montana

March 1, 2019

Southern Utah (14-12, 9-8) vs. Montana (20-7, 13-3)

Dahlberg Arena, Missoula, Montana; Saturday, 9 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Montana goes for the season sweep over Southern Utah after winning the previous matchup in Cedar City. The teams last played each other on Dec. 31, when the Grizzlies outshot Southern Utah 53.1 percent to 43.8 percent and had six fewer turnovers on the way to a 13-point victory.

SQUAD LEADERSHIP: The Thunderbirds are led by Cameron Oluyitan and Harrison Butler. Oluyitan is averaging 12.7 points while Butler is putting up 10.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest. The Grizzlies have been led by Ahmaad Rorie and Sayeed Pridgett, who are scoring 15.5 and 14.2 points, respectively.

FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Pridgett has had his hand in 44 percent of all Montana field goals over the last three games. Pridgett has 28 field goals and 13 assists in those games.

UNBEATEN WHEN: Southern Utah is a perfect 5-0 when it turns the ball over nine times or fewer. The Thunderbirds are 9-12 when they record more than nine turnovers. Montana’s forced 13.1 turnovers per game in Big Sky play, but that figure has dropped to 11.3 per game over its last three.

ASSIST RATIOS: The Grizzlies have recently created baskets via assists more often than the Thunderbirds. Montana has an assist on 54 of 94 field goals (57.4 percent) over its past three matchups while Southern Utah has assists on 40 of 78 field goals (51.3 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW: Southern Utah has attempted the second-most free throws among all Big Sky teams. The Thunderbirds have averaged 22.5 free throws per game.

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