Gene Wojciechowski of the Los Angeles Times called them “NCAA’s longest of longshots.”
In the 1991 NCAA Tournament’s first round, Montana faced a UNLV team that went undefeated in an NCAA regular season for the first time in 12 seasons. The improbability of the Grizzlies beating the Rebels that year prompted Montana guard Roger Fasting to say that his team was “David’s younger brother,” with UNLV being “Goliath’s dad.”
Montana freshman guard Gary Kane said the matchup caused him to see Rebel guard Anderson Hunt, the 1990 NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, on pages of his Japanese economics book. On beating UNLV that year, the New York Times asked the question: “Can Anyone Do it?”
Duke did, in the Final Four. The Grizzlies, however, didn’t come close against a team questioned to be the greatest in NCAA history, losing 99-65.
And Montana coach Stew Morrill wasn’t surprised at all.
Read the rest of the story at the Standard-Examiner.Aggie men’s basketball coach Stew Morrill may be faced with using just an eight-man rotation at most during the 2012 WAC Tournament. He faced the same challenge in 1991 with Montana, when he led the Grizzlies to the Big Sky playoff title with just seven players. (Photo courtesy ESPN.com)