How to watch Eastern Washington Eagles vs. Montana Grizzlies: TV channel, NCAA Basketball live stream info, start time
Montana Grizzlies @ Eastern Washington Eagles
Current Records: Montana 19-9, Eastern Washington 18-10
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Montana has enjoyed a three-game homestand but will soon have to dust off their road jerseys. They and the Eastern Washington Eagles will face off in a Big Sky battle at 9:00 p.m. ET on Thursday at Reese Court. Expect the scorekeeper to be kept busy: if their previous games are any indication, the two teams will really light up the scoreboard.
Last Saturday, the Grizzlies beat the Vikings 82-73.
N. Colorado typically has all the answers at home, but on Saturday Eastern Washington proved too difficult a challenge. They walked away with an 85-76 victory over the Bears. The score was all tied up 43-43 at the break, but Eastern Washington was the better team in the second half.
The Grizzlies pushed their record up to 19-9 with that victory, which was their third straight at home. Those good results were due in large part to their offensive dominance across that stretch, as they averaged 79.3 points per game. As for the Eagles, they have been performing well recently as they’ve won 14 of their last 17 games, which provided a nice bump to their 18-10 record this season.
Thursday’s match is shaping up to be a masterclass in shooting: Montana just can’t miss this season, having made 47.9% of their shots per game. However, it’s not like Eastern Washington (currently ranked fifth in field goal percentage) struggles in that department as they’ve made 49.6% of their shots this season. Given these competing strengths, it’ll be interesting to see how their clash plays out.
Montana is hoping to beat the odds on Thursday, as the experts think they’re headed for a loss. Anyone thinking of taking them against the spread should keep this in mind: the team hasn’t covered the last four times they’ve played Eastern Washington.
Eastern Washington is a 5-point favorite against Montana, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 5-point spread, and stayed right there.
The over/under is 155.5 points.
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Eastern Washington has won 6 out of their last 10 games against Montana.
- Feb 03, 2024 – Eastern Washington 78 vs. Montana 65
- Jan 16, 2023 – Eastern Washington 64 vs. Montana 57
- Dec 29, 2022 – Eastern Washington 87 vs. Montana 80
- Jan 29, 2022 – Montana 61 vs. Eastern Washington 59
- Jan 06, 2022 – Montana 90 vs. Eastern Washington 78
- Mar 12, 2021 – Eastern Washington 78 vs. Montana 50
- Feb 20, 2021 – Eastern Washington 90 vs. Montana 76
- Feb 18, 2021 – Eastern Washington 90 vs. Montana 76
- Feb 06, 2020 – Montana 92 vs. Eastern Washington 82
- Jan 09, 2020 – Montana 90 vs. Eastern Washington 63
Two tiers of justice at the Montana Supreme Court
“Equal justice under law” is such a foundational principle in our constitutional republic that the phrase is carved in stone above the entrance to the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.
Unfortunately, here in Montana, it appears that justice is not applied equally. In fact, at the Montana Supreme Court, there are two tiers of justice. There, justice is applied differently depending on the politics of the people in the courtroom.
Two court cases, one cited as precedent in the other, illustrate this so vividly that two of Montana’s seven justices pointed it out to their five colleagues even as they instituted this two-tiered system.
The first case is American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock, decided in 2012. In that case, a conservative political group challenged campaign finance regulations that were obviously unconstitutional under the First Amendment per a prior U.S. Supreme Court decision. In ATP v. Bullock, the U.S Supreme Court flatly rejected former Attorney General Steve Bullock’s arguments in a decision that only took a single paragraph to explain.
After winning decisively on a fundamental First Amendment issue, ATP asked the Montana Supreme Court to award them legal fees. The Montana Supreme Court declined, writing that awarding fees against Bullock wasn’t justified because it was a “garden variety” constitutional case.
The second case is Forward Montana v. State of Montana, decided earlier this year. In that case, liberal special interest groups won a case against the Legislature in district court that centered on legislative process rather than any particular policy. The district court declined to award the liberal attorneys (both of whom are former Bullock staffers) attorney fees, citing the same “garden variety” standard present in the 2012 WTP v. Bullock case.
But then, in a 5-2 decision, the Montana Supreme Court reversed the district court and ruled that the liberal attorneys are owed fees. Justice Jim Rice wrote the dissenting opinion, arguing that fees should not be awarded in the Forward Montana case since they were not awarded in ATP v. Bullock, especially since ATP involved issues of much greater public interest and constitutional importance.
“Justice demands that all parties receive equal treatment,” Rice wrote. Justice Dirk Sandefur joined Rice in dissent.
Rather than listen to Justice Rice, Justices Mike McGrath, Laurie McKinnon, James Shea, Beth Baker and Ingrid Gustafson established two tiers of justice at the Montana Supreme Court:
1. If you’re a conservative challenging the government on a fundamental constitutional matter, the costs of doing so are your own to bear.
2. If you’re a liberal challenging the government, even on an issue with lesser constitutional significance, the Court will award you taxpayer money for your efforts.
Such naked partisanship and disregard for “equal justice under law” is not befitting of the highest court in the state of Montana.
Sen. Greg Hertz, R-Polson, chaired the 2021 Legislature’s select committee on judicial accountability.
Larry Mayer, The Chronicler: Billings Gazette photographer documents Montana for nearly 50 years
Larry Mayer, a photographer with The Billings Gazette, has been professionally taking photographs and documenting communities across Montana for the Billings publisher for the last 46 years.
“You should become like Larry – y’know, who likes everybody … knows everybody … (is) gentle with everybody … and understands that everyone has value,” said Chris Jorgensen, the managing editor of the Gazette.
Mayer began his career as a sports photographer shortly after high school with his hometown’s local news outlet, The Livingston Enterprise.
“I built a darkroom in my basement when I was in high school … mostly what I did was look at National Geographic magazine,” said Mayer.
He is now known internationally for photographing and identifying the Chinese spy balloon that was flown over Montana last year.
“A lot of times, we overload him and give him way more than he can get to and he always manages to get to everything, somehow,” said Jorgensen.
When he started working for the Gazette, Mayer said he bought his first airplane and sought his pilot’s license after he realized he needed to reach newsworthy locations across Montana more expeditiously.
“(There’s a) school that burned down in Plentywood, there’s a flood on the Musselshell River, there was, y’know, whatever events those were, I would fly there, do an aerial, and then go take pictures and talk to people on the ground,” said Mayer. “It took a lot of experimentation and there was a lot of failure … Failure’s fine because it teaches you.”
Mayer’s work is currently being exhibited at the Western Heritage Center and will be exhibited in his hometown of Livingston.
“His legacy will continue on. He’s gonna continue to do photography and continue to do aviation, and still be an important part of the photojournalism community in Billings and Montana,” said Amy Nelson, a photographer with the Billings Gazette, whom Mayer has mentored during her time with the publisher.
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