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Big Sky roundup

I could blame Tim Tebow for this, but I forgot to catch a time change for Saturday's Eastern basketball game at Northern Colorado. The game is now scheduled at 3:05 p.m. Pacific time, one hour earlier than previously planned, to avoid aconflict with the Denver Broncos' playoff game at New England. The time change was announced a couple of days ago, and I picked up on that about as well as the Steelers did to the play-action pass last week.

AROUND THE BIG SKY - Can Damian Lillard be stopped? It's only January, but the Weber State guard is averaging


26 points a game and has won the Big Sky Player of the Week award four times already and is the national player of the week. Now it's Montana State's turn as the Bobcats play tonight at Weber State.

Two nights later, Montana takes on the Wildcats in Ogden, Utah. The matchup features the only unbeaten teams in conference play, and logically the highest-ranked teams in this week's Missoulian power rankings. Both teams are unbeaten in conference play.

Meanwhile, Northern Arizona is trying to make some adjustments  on defense as the Lumberjacks play host to the Montana schools this week.

Jim Allen
Jim Allen joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently covers K-12 education and women's basketball.

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