Grizzlies ready for NCAA Tournament spotlight

Ahmaad Rorie and Fabijan Krslovic are the first players to exit the plane after it touched down in Wichita, Kansas on Tuesday.

The Montana Grizzly men's basketball team arrived in Wichita, Kansas on Tuesday afternoon as they prepare for Thursday's battle against #3 seed Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

For Montana it's been an exciting season to get to this point but the Grizzlies don't think they should just play one game and be done with it. They plan to give the Wolverines everything they have and try to advance in the bracket.

"We're feeling great man we had a good couple days off and we're just getting prepared you know," said UM junior guard Ahmaad Rorie. "Michigan is a good team but we're a good team as well so we'll definitely try and go in there to get a win. We didn't just want to come to the tournament, we want to get a win."

"We're going into this game with confidence," added junior guard Bobby Moorehead. "We're not just going to lay down for them. We're really excited and we think we can compete with this team."

"It's okay to be excited," said Montana head coach Travis DeCurie. "This is what you dream about. This is what the whole season build up was for, was to get to this point. But then we need to remind ourselves that this is why we scheduled these games early in the year, so that this isn't something new to us. Now we just get to do it on national TV."

The first chance for the Grizzlies to step foot inside Intrust Bank Arena will be Thursday evening when they have their press conference and open practice. This week will be the first ever meeting between the Montana (26-7) and Michigan (28-7) basketball programs. Tip-off of Thursday night's game is tentatively scheduled for 7:50 p.m. mountain time, pending the complete of the game before them between Houston and San Diego State.

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