The University of Montana basketball teams, both of which were Big Sky Conference regular-season and tournament champions, will be honored Wednesday, April 17, during a family-friendly celebration at Dahlberg Arena.
The event is free and open to the public and will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Free parking will be available during the event in Lot P, which is located in front of the Adams Center. Fans will have an opportunity to meet the Griz and Lady Griz coaches and players, get autographs and children 12 and younger can compete in shooting games against the players.
There will be free popcorn and soda available, and a video highlighting the teams’ seasons will be shown.
The Griz went 25-7, the program’s fourth consecutive 20-win season, and 19-1 in the Big Sky Conference. Montana hosted and won the league tournament and advanced to its third NCAA tournament in the past four years.
It was the Grizzlies’ 10th NCAA tournament appearance overall. Montana lost in the first round to Syracuse, a team that ultimately advanced to the Final Four.
Wayne Tinkle was named the Big Sky Coach of the Year for the second season in a row. UM junior Kareem Jamar was named the Big Sky MVP, while senior Will Cherry was a repeat selection as defensive player of the year and first-team All-Big Sky for the third straight season.
The Lady Griz went 24-8, the program’s 28th 20-win season under coach Robin Selvig, who wrapped up his 35th year as the Lady Griz head coach. The Lady Griz went 16-4 in league play and hosted and won the Big Sky tournament to advance to their 20th NCAA tournament.
The Lady Griz lost in the opening round of the NCAA tournament to Georgia, a team that would advance to the Elite Eight.
Selvig was once again named the Big Sky Coach of the year for the 20th time. UM senior Katie Baker was named Big Sky MVP. Baker and fellow-senior Kenzie De Boer both were first-team All-Big Sky selections.
For more information on the celebration event, call Brynn Molloy, assistant director of the Grizzly Scholarship Association, at 406-243-5405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.