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UM claimed this year’s Big Sky Conference SAAC Cup. Led by each institution’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee [SAAC], the conferencewide competition involved two separate contests. The groups organized a toiletry drive and battled to accumulate the most volunteer hours from October 1 to June 1. Montana finished with a league-high 13,729 items in the toiletry drive, averaging more than forty-two items per athlete. The Grizzlies also logged 3,101 total volunteer hours.
The UM men’s hoops squad will play one of the toughest nonconference schedules in program history to start its season. The Griz face off against two USA Today preseason top-ten teams in No. 7 Kansas and No. 8 Gonzaga, Mountain West regular-season champ Boise State, frequent NCAA tourney dancer Pepperdine, and the Pac-12’s Washington Huskies.
The Griz football team will get a crack at a pair of the top teams on the West Coast in coming years. Highlights of the Grizzlies’ future schedule include a 2019 game against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium in Eugene and two matchups against the Washington Huskies in Seattle in 2017 and 2021.