Krslovic hoping to end Griz career with NCAA Tournament berth
After a tournament quarterfinal victory over North Dakota on Thursday, the the Montana Grizzlies are one step closer to trying to make the NCAA Tournament. For their lone senior Fabijan Krslovic, who came all the way from Australia to play college hoops for the Grizzlies, this is a chance to extend his career after four years of wearing the maroon and silver.
"I really didn't know what to expect coming here, I didn't know a whole lot about Missoula but it's been awesome," said Krslovic. "It's been an incredible place to live. The community here is so tight knit and supportive. I'll be walking around and people will always so Go Griz or we love what you guys are doing this year. To represent this town as well as we can, it's been an absolute pleasure doing that."
While the senior's college career is winding down his play on the floor has only been heating up. Krslovic has hit double figures in scoring seven times this season and six of those performances have come over Montana's past ten games.
"Experience brings consistency," explained UM head coach Travis DeCuire about Krslovic's impact. "He's another voice, he's an extension of the coaching staff. He's one of the guys that makes a lot of the things we do work. As we put in new wrinkles and make adjustments he knows what it is we're trying to achieve on every possession. When you have a guy that's that balanced and has great feel for the game it helps you win a lot of games."
Krslovic has accomplished a lot in his four years as a Grizzly, but one feat Montana has not reached during his career is a berth into the NCAA Tournament. Something they hope to change this week and one of the main reasons the Krslovic came to Montana in the first place.
"As soon as I signed the letter (of intent) I was like, I'm going to go have a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament," said Krslovic. "We're in a really good position right now, it would be the icing on top of an incredible four years here."
"The best sendoff we could have is to go to the NCAA Tournament for him," added junior guard Bobby Moorehead. "He's put his heart into this program for four years. He's been a great leader. So there's nothing better we could do than to give him an NCAA Tournament. There's no better person to be a lone senior you know so we're really excited for him and hopefully we can pull that off."
Friday night the Grizzlies take on Northern Colorado in the semifinals, a win will put them into Saturday night's championship game with a berth into the NCAA Tournament on the line.