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Bobcat fans gear up for Men's Big Sky Conference Tournament

By Katherine Mozzone, KTVM Reporter, kmozzone@ktvm.com
Published On: Mar 14 2013 06:33:46 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Bozeman may seem a little quieter with MSU and area schools on spring break but, even so, you don't have to look far to find Bobcat fans geared up for the Men's Basketball Big Sky Conference Tournament.

"I'm a huge Bobcat fan. I grew up being one."

Shelbi Dobie may not be the biggest basketball fan, but she makes an exception for her Bobcats.

"Basketball is kind of overlooked here at MSU so, I think it's really important that we focus on it and we get all the support we can for our men's and our women's basketball team," explains Dobie.

She watched the women's team fall to Eastern Washington but she's confident the men's team will have better luck.

"I think we can do it.  Actually, I know we can do it!" says Dobie.

I caught up with MSU's head volleyball coach as he was finishing up lunch downtown.  He recently took his team to its first tournament in nearly a decade and says, he knows what it's like.

"There was a certain buzz around the university within the athletic department and I don't think it's any different for men's and women's basketball," says Coach Kyle Weindel.

Come tournament time, he says everyone's playing their best and for the Men's Big Sky Conference Tournament there's even more pressure.

"There's something else at stake, a chance to go to the NCAA tournament, which is a big deal, not only a tournament championship but that opportunity to go play and represent the university," says Weindel.

Even though there's a lot on the line, students like Max Burns say anything can happen.

"It's not always the best team that wins, it's whoever goes out and plays the best for that one game and I think anyone can win on a given night so, there's just kind of the hope that maybe it'll be your night," says Burns.

It's why folks like he and Dobie are standing by their cats until the last buzzer sounds.

"I think they have the talent to pull off the the upset and maybe win it," says Burns.

You can watch the game Thursday at 8pm, live, for free online.  Just go to BigSkyTV.com.