Will Lewis-Clark State remain unbeaten?
Can the Saints generate some momentum following a win last week?
How will the rest of the Frontier shake out?
Here’s a look at the Frontier Conference this week:
Carroll College Saints
Record: 13-7, 3-5
Last week: The Saints, once again, battled to a one-possession game but came out on the short end, falling to Montana Western for the second time this season, 53-51. Two nights later, the Saints broke their four-game losing streak by decisively taking down Rocky Mountain, 71-50.
This week: The Saints take to the road for a pair of tough matchups against No. 11 Montana State-Northern (15-4, 5-3) and then get University of Great Falls (12-7, 1-7) in the Electric City the next night. Carroll has a win over the Argos and a narrow loss to Northern on the season.
No. 2 Lewis-Clark State College Warriors
Record: 21-0, 9-0
Last week: The No. 2 Lewis-Clark State Warriors keep making their case as the best team in the country, stacking up two more road wins last week against Great Falls and No. 11 Montana State-Northern. If there were a tongue-in-cheek reason to nitpick the Warriors, L-C State’s wins last week were its narrowest of the season, winning by eight against last-place Great Falls and winning by nine against Northern. Still, the Warriors’ record indicates they are perfect, regardless of the final margin
This week: The Warriors return home for two games against Rocky Mountain (10-10, 2-6) and against No. 25 Montana Western (16-3, 5-3). Lewis-Clark State College defeated both teams by an identical 83-78 margin.
No. 25 Montana Western Bulldogs
Record: 16-3, 5-3
Last week: The first week of being ranked in the Top 25 went well for the Bulldogs, as they notched a pair of wins. Western took down Carroll at home 53-51 and then toppled Rocky Mountain College 52-47.
This week: The Bulldogs travel to Montana Tech (10-10, 4-5) and then have the tall order of visiting No. 2 Lewis-Clark State College (21-0, 9-0). The Bulldogs have fallen to both teams previously this season.
No. 11 MSU-Northern Skylights
Record: 15-4, 5-3
Last week: The Skylights finished another week with a 1-1 record, defeating Montana Tech 56-52 before falling to No. 2 Lewis-Clark State College 75-66. The week prior, MSU-Northern fell to Rocky and knocked off Western.
This week: The Skylights host Great Falls (12-7, 1-7) and the Carroll College Saints (13-7, 3-5). Northern owns wins against both teams this season.
Montana Tech Orediggers
Record: 10-10, 4-5
Last week: The Orediggers earned a split last week, falling to No.11 Montana State Northern 56-52 before regrouping to beat the University of Great Falls Argos 65-63. It’s became the fourth consecutive week Montana Tech has gone 1-1 in Frontier play.
This week: Tech visits No. 25 Montana Western (16-3, 5-3) and Rocky Mountain (10-10, 2-6). Tech, as you may have guessed, split their last matchup with the two teams, defeating Western and falling to Rocky Mountain.
Rocky Mountain College Battlin’ Bears
Record: 10-10, 2-6
Last week: The Battlin’ Bears dropped a pair of road tilts against Montana Western and Carroll College, due in part to losing their leading scorer a week prior. Since restarting conference play in January, the Battlin’ Bears have notched a 2-4 record.
This week: Rocky travels to No. 2 Lewis-Clark State College (21-0, 9-0) and Montana Tech (10-10, 4-5. Rocky owns a win over Montana Tech and a narrow loss, 83-78, to Lewis-Clark State this season.
University of Great Falls Argos
Record: 12-7, 1-7
Last week: The Argos were winless last week, dropping decisions to No.2 Lewis-Clark State and Montana Tech. The Argos have steadily plummeted since being ranked No. 14 at one point earlier this season.
This week: The Argos hit the road to meet No. 11 Montana State-Northern (15-4, 5-3) and Carroll College (13-7, 3-5).