Bracket Projection: Montana

Reigning Big Sky Player of the Year Kareem Jamar is back for the Grizzlies. Nelson Chenault/USA TODAY Sports

The Montana Grizzlies have now posted back-to-back 20-win seasons, and capped this campaign with a victory over rival Weber State to clinch their NCAA tournament bid. Armed with a potent two-man scoring combo in Kareem Jamar and Will Cherry, the Grizzlies are a dangerous matchup. Montana has won consecutive Big Sky regular-season and tournament titles, a feat that hasn't been accomplished in 20 years. Can they ride that momentum into the tournament?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams, in order to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.


Lunardi's Logic

Montana is a popular upset pick over Syracuse. Maybe that's because a lot of people enjoy picking against the Orange. I see this matchup the other way, where the Grizzlies have next to no shot against the Syracuse zone and length. To me, Montana is the weakest No. 13 seed in the field and it's more than worth the trip for the Orange to head west for an easy chance to advance.


Best wins: Weber State

Worst losses: South Dakota, San Francisco