Carroll College Saints
Record: 12-6, 2-4
Last week: The Saints found themselves defeated twice last week on the road. Carroll took losses from Montana Tech, 66-55, in Butte, and then fell again two nights later to No. 2 Lewis-Clark State College, 57-42. The Saints had positives to end the week, holding down LC State for three quarters before the Warriors finally pulled away in Lewiston, Idaho.
This week: The Saints hit the road for a rematch against No. 25 Montana Western (14-3, 3-3) which defeated the Saints 65-64 on Dec. 7, a game that came down to the final few seconds. The Saints then come back to the PE Center as the Rocky Mountain Battlin’ Bears (10-8, 2-4) come into town. The Saints took down Rocky in Billings 62-54 on Dec. 1.
No. 2 Lewis-Clark State College Warriors
Record: 19-0, 7-0
Last week: The Warriors remained perfect, taking down Montana Tech 96-57 at home and then defeating the Saints 57-42. The 57 points scored against the Saints were the fewest the Warriors have scored this season.
This week: The Warriors get two road contests, taking on Great Falls (12-5, 1-5) and then battling No. 11 MSU-Northern (14-3, 4-2), which may the Frontier Conference matchup of the week.
No. 11 Montana State-Northern Skylights
Record: 14-3, 4-2
Last week: Northern suffered a home loss to Rocky Mountain, 60-58, before bouncing back for a convincing win over Montana Western, 67-50. The loss to Rocky was just the Skylights’ second Frontier loss this season. The Skylights other loss came to No. 2 Lewis-Clark State in December.
This week: Northern has two home games, hosting Montana Tech (9-9, 3-4) and No. 2 Lewis-Clark State College (19-0, 7-0. Northern previously defeated Tech 66-63 in Butte and lost to LC State, 67-42.
Great Falls Argos
Record: 12-5, 1-5
Last week: The Argos took one step in righting their sinking ship, ending the week with a win against Rocky Mountain, 71-55. Before that, though, the Argos extended their losing streak to three, falling to Montana Western, 66-59. The Argos will need to bounce back if they want to convince coaches they still belong highly ranked.
This week: The Argos’ road back to winning may be under a bit of construction, as the No. 2 Lewis-Clark State College Warriors (19-0, 7-0) pay the Electric City a visit. The last time the Argos played LC State, the Warriors won 99-74. The Argos then get the Montana Tech Orediggers (9-9, 3-4) in a back-to-back scenario the next night.
No. 25 Montana Western Bulldogs
Record: 14-3, 3-3
Last week: A split broke up what looked like a bounce back week for the Bulldogs. Western opened last week up with a 66-59 win over Great Falls on the road before falling 67-50 to Montana State-Northern in Havre the very next night.
This week: The Bulldogs host Carroll College (12-6, 2-4) before welcoming in Rocky Mountain (10-8, 2-4) the next night. Perhaps a home back-to-back draw is what the Bulldogs need to regain the form that jump-started them to a 13-0 record earlier this season.
Montana Tech Orediggers
Record: 9-9, 3-4
Last week: Tech upended No. 25 Carrol College 66-55 in Butte before having a cruel next-night road trip to face No. 2 Lewis-Clark State College, which defeated the Orediggers 96-57.
This week: The Orediggers are once again on the road, visiting Havre and No. 11 Montana State-Northern (14-3. 4-2) and then heading down the road to Great Falls a date with the Argos (12-5, 1-5).
Rocky Mountain College Battlin’ Bears
Record: 10-8, 2-4
Last week: Rocky pulled off a stunner, knocking off No. 11 Montana-State Northern 60-58 in Havre. A night later, however, the Battlin’ Bears suffered a setback against Great Falls, 71-55.
This week: The Battlin’ Bears are back on the road to face off against Montana Western (14-3, 3-3) and then visit No. 25 Carroll College (12-6, 2-4).