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EWU hits the road, and then some

As I write this, the Eastern men's basketball team is at the Spokane airport for its trip to Pocatello, Idaho, and Thursday night's game at Idaho State.  The Eagles will fly first to Las Vegas, then catch another flight to Salt Lake City, then take a three-hour bus ride to Pocatello. “It's one of the tougher trips in the Big Sky,” coach Jim Hayford said. And then there's a game to play.

Idaho State, which was picked for last place in the Big Sky Coaches' poll, has already clinched a spot in the playoffs, but can take a big step toward hosting a quarterfinal game by beating the Eagles. The teams will meet again on Tuesday in Cheney, and you have to wonder how the Bengals will get to Spokane.

AROUND THE BIG SKY - The Montana Grizzlies have long ago clinched a postseason berth, and have a chance to host the tournament. Here's a nice feature on home-grown Derek Selvig, the Grizzlies' 7-foot-tall, three-point shooter…and some not-so-good news for Grizzly football fans.

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Jim Meehan (@srjimm) Jim Meehan's coverage areas include Gonzaga University men's basketball, Spokane Shock football, golf and volleyball. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

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