1973–74 Montana Grizzlies basketball team

The 1973–74 Montana Grizzlies basketball team represented the University of Montana during the 1973–74 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Charter members of the Big Sky Conference, the Grizzlies were led by third-year head coach Jud Heathcote and played their home games on campus at Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Montana. They finished the regular season at 19–7, with a 11–3 conference record, tied for the regular season title with Idaho State;[1][2] the Bengals won the one-game playoff in Missoula by three points.[3][4]

1973–74 Montana Grizzlies men's basketball
Montana Griz logo.svg
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
Record19–8 (11–3 Big Sky)
Head coach
Assistant coachJim Brandenburg
Home arenaDahlberg Arena
Seasons
1973–74 Big Sky men's basketball standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   PCT W   L   PCT
Idaho State 11 3   .786 20 8   .714
Montana 11 3   .786 19 8   .704
Weber State 8 6   .571 14 12   .538
Gonzaga 7 7   .500 13 13   .500
Boise State 6 8   .429 12 14   .462
Idaho 5 9   .357 12 14   .462
Montana State 5 9   .357 11 15   .423
Northern Arizona 3 11   .214 3 18   .143
† One-game playoff winner

The Big Sky conference tournament debuted two years later, in 1976.

Junior center Ken McKenzie was a unanimous selection to the all-conference team; senior guard Robin Selvig and junior swingman Eric Hays were on the second team.[5][6]

Postseason resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Big Sky Playoff
Tue, March 5
Idaho State
Playoff
L 57–60  19–8
Dahlberg Arena (8,343)
Missoula, Montana
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Mountain time.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "College cage standings". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). March 5, 1974. p. 17.
  2. ^ "College cage standings". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). March 4, 1974. p. 15.
  3. ^ "ISU holds off Grizzlies". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. March 6, 1974. p. 13.
  4. ^ "Growing rookie key for Bengals". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. March 6, 1974. p. 17.
  5. ^ "Montana's McKenzie favorite Big Sky all-star team pick". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. March 8, 1974. p. 17.
  6. ^ "Zags' Morrill Big Sky pick". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. March 8, 1974. p. 17.

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