The Story Behind the "M"

The "M" is 620 feet above the Missoula Valley floor. It is 125' feet long and 100' feet wide. University of Montana forestry students cut the switchbacks into the side of the hill in the early 1900's. The first "M" was assembled out of whitewashed rocks in 1909, and given a fresh coat of paint by freshmen every year, until 1968, when all those rocks were cemented together with concrete.

Photo by Nelson Kenter, kenterphotography.com

Posts Tagged ‘Montana Basketball’

Hall Too Much as Cats Rally to Beat Griz

By ERIC TABER-The Montana men's basketball team missed out on a chance to make history, falling to a hot-shooting Montana State Bobcat team 78-69 in Bozeman on Saturday.... more

Cobb Promoted to Associate Head Basketball Coach

By ERIC TABER - Montana men's basketball Head Coach Travis DeCuire has tabbed assistant Chris Cobb as the program's new associate head coach. ... more

Breunig Named Griz MVP for Second-Straight Year

By ERIC TABER -For the second-straight year Martin Breunig has been named the recipient of the Carl E. Dragstedt Award for Grizzly basketball’s most valuable player.... more

Montana Runs Deep for Montgomery

By ERIC TABER - Former Montana head basketball Coach Mike Montgomery earns a position as one of the all-time greats with induction into the National Basketball Hall of fame.... more

A Decade Later, Griz Look to Corral Wolf Pack in Postseason

By ERIC TABER- The Grizzlies take on the Nevada Wolf Pack in the first round of the CBI Tournament tonight. Tip off is at 8 p.m. MST. ... more

Griz Return to Reno to Play in CBI

By ERIC TABER- The Grizzlies will return to Reno this week to face the University of Nevada after accepting an invitation to play in the 2016 College Basketball Invitational.... more

Griz Comeback Attempt Falls Short in Championship

By ERIC TABER- The Montana Grizzlies battled back from a 14-point first half deficit, but missed a chance to knock off Weber State in the BSC championship Sat. night in Reno.... more

Griz Advance With Season-Best Shooting Performance

By ERIC TABER- The Montana men’s basketball team will play in the Big Sky Conference championship game for the second-straight year after an 81-72 victory in the tournament semifinal.... more

Griz Swat Hornets, Advance to Semifinal

By ERIC TABER- The Montana Grizzlies smothered Sacramento State with defense en route to a 70-53 win in the Big Sky Conference quarterfinal.... more

Griz Face Hornets to Open Big Sky Tournament

By ERIC TABER- The No. 2 seed Grizzlies will get a shot at redemption in the Big Sky Conference quarterfinal, as UM faces No. 10 seed Sacramento State for the third time this season.... more

Two Grizzlies Named to All-Conference Team

By ERIC TABER- Montana senior forward Martin Breunig has been named to the Big Sky first team all-conference list, and junior guard Walter Wright has been given an honorable mention. ... more

Griz Fall to UNC, Miss Shot at Conference Title

By ERIC TABER- (PHOTO GALLERY) A cold second half shooting against the visiting Northern Colorado Bears cost the Montana Grizzlies a share of the Big Sky Conference regular season championship.... more

Montana Defense Smothers North Dakota

By ERIC TABER- The Montana Grizzlies' defense shut down the potent attack of North Dakota, holding UND to 27 points below their season average and a 71-46 victory in Missoula on Thurs. night.... more

Michael Oguine: UM’s ‘High-Motor’ Freshman

By ERIC TABER- Consider these familiar names from the past: Larry Krystkowiak, Micheal Ray Richardson, Bob Cope, Kareem Jamar. Now there's another player that could earn him a spot on that prestigious list. ... more

Griz Host North Dakota and Northern Colorado This Week

By ERIC TABER- The Grizzlies wrap up the regular season at home this week, hosting North Dakota and Northern Colorado before hitting the road to Reno for the BSC tournament.... more

Cold Shooting Dooms Griz at Weber State

By ERIC TABER- The Montana Grizzlies, held back by a cold shooting night, missed an opportunity to beat Weber State for the first time on their home court in a regular season game since 2004.... more

Montana at Weber State in Marquee Showdown

By ERIC TABER- The outright first place spot on the Big Sky Conference men's basketball table is up for grabs on Sat. as the Grizzlies take on Weber State in Ogden, Utah, at 7 p.m.... more

Career Nights for Wright and Moorehead Lead Griz Past Bengals

By ERIC TABER- Bobby Moorehead, a true freshman, put down eight three-pointers to set a new career high of 24 points, helping Montana to a 90-77 win over ISU in Pocatello on Thursday.... more

Griz on the Road to Face Idaho State and Weber This Week

By ERIC TABER- The Montana Grizzlies will set out on one of the most challenging road trips of the season this week, facing Idaho State on Thurs. night and Weber State on Sat. night.... more

Griz Pick Up Sweep of Cats in Physical Brawl of the Wild

By ERIC TABER-The Montana Grizzlies scrapped and clawed their way to an 87-78 victory over the Montana State Bobcats Saturday night in Missoula.... more

Griz-Cat Round Two Set For Saturday

By ERIC TABER-The Grizzlies and Bobcats will square off for the 293rd time as the Brawl of the Wild series continues in Missoula on Saturday, Feb. 20.... more

Jordan Gregory Gets Pro Hoops Opportunity in Australia

By ERIC TABER - Former Montana basketball standout, Jordan Gregory signed a one-year deal with the Rockhampton Rockets of the Queensland Basketball League.... more

Griz look to make it two-for-two Against Jacks

By ERIC TABER-The Grizzlies will be looking for their third-straight win, and their second win of the year over the NAU Lumberjacks tonight in Missoula. ... more

Hot Shooting Griz Burn T-Birds 86-53

By ERIC TABER-(PHOTO GALLERY) Montana shot over 70 percent from three-point land, and four players reached double figures in a blowout 86-53 victory over Southern Utah Thursday night.... more

Griz Hosting Southern Utah and Northern Arizona This Week

By ERIC TABER - The Griz return home this week for the team's longest home stand of the year as Southern Utah and Northern Arizona pay a visit on Thurs. and Sat.... more

Breunig Sets Career High in Come from Behind Griz Win

By ERIC TABER - Martin Breunig had a career high night of 32 points and led UM to a 82-80, come from behind win over Portland State in Oregon on Saturday.... more

Hornets Rally to Defeat Griz

By ERIC TABER - After a rock solid first half by the Grizzlies, Sacramento State erased a 20-point lead in the second, defeating UM 83-79 in California.... more

Griz Win 11th Straight Brawl of the Wild

By ERIC TABER - Walter Wright and Michael Oguine combined for 45 points leading the Grizzlies to an 80-72 come-from-behind victory over the Bobcats on Saturday.... more

Griz Face Cats on Saturday

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies make the three-hour trip to Bozeman on Saturday seeking their 11th win in a row over the cross-state rivals Montana State Bobcats.... more

Griz Shoot Hot to Defeat Eagles 74-69

By ERIC TABER - The Griz enacted revenge on the Eagles from last year’s loss with a fiery 74-69 victory in Dahlberg Arena on Saturday.... more

Vandals Snap Grizzlies’ Win Streak

By ERIC TABER - A second half comeback was not enough to overcome a cold shooting performance by UM, as Idaho snapped Montana's seven-game win streak with a 63-58 victory in Missoula.... more

Griz Set to Host Old Foes Idaho and E. Washington

By ERIC TABER - The Grizzlies look to remain perfect on home soil this season, when the Idaho Vandals and Eastern Washington Eagles come to town on Thurs. and Sat.... more

Griz Finish Strong at UND to Remain Undefeated in Big Sky

By ERIC TABER - Montana went on a 10-0 run during the final three minutes of UM’s 65-61 win over North Dakota in Grand Forks, to keep the Grizzlies at a perfect 6-0 in Conference play.... more

Griz Grind Out 73-66 Win at Northern Colorado

By ERIC TABER - Though Montana led the game from whistle to whistle, it took a Michael Oguine three-pointer in the final minutes to win 73-66 over Northern Colorado in Big Sky play.... more

Griz Seek to Remain Perfect in League on Difficult Road Trip

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies embark on its second Big Sky road trip of the season to play against Northern Colorado and North Dakota State.... more

Griz Remain Undefeated at Home with 77-58 Win Over Hornets

By ERIC TABER - (PHOTO GALLERY) The Montana Grizzlies moved to 7-0 at home, and 4-0 in Big Sky Conference play with a high flying 77-58 victory over the visiting Sacramento State Hornets. ... more

Shooting Hand Remains Hot for Griz in 79-66 Win over Portland State

By ERIC TABER - The Grizzlies moved to 3-0 in Big Sky Conference play with a lights out shooting performance and stifling second half defense, leading to a 79-66 win over PSU.... more

Griz Road Sweep Sign of Good Things to Come

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies get set to host their first Big Sky Conference home games of the season this coming Thurs. and Sat. against Portland State and Sac State.... more

Griz Thump Thunderbirds to Pick Up Road Sweep

By ERIC TABER - Montana picked up the sweep of its first BSC road trip of the season on Saturday, defeating Southern Utah 83-66 to follow up on its 90-84, 2OT win at NAU on New Years Eve.... more

UM Defeats NAU in Double OT Thriller With Three Point Barrage

By ERIC TABER - The Grizzlies made 18 three-point shots to break a school record, in a dramatic, come from behind, 90-84 double-overtime victory over NAU in Flagstaff.... more

Griz and Lumberjacks Open League Play Today at Noon

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies (5-6) and Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (2-9) are set to renew a budding Big Sky Conference rivalry today at Noon.... more

Lady Griz Open League With Two Home Games

By JOEL CARLSON-The Montana women’s basketball team will open its Big Sky Conference schedule this week with home games against Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. ... more

Women’s Basketball Big Sky Conference Pre-League Power Poll

By JOEL CARLSON-The BSC women’s basketball schedule opens Thurs. with four league games: NAU at Montana, Southern Utah at MSU, Northern Colorado at EWU and NDSU at Idaho.... more

Griz Prep for Big Sky with Big Win Over Montana-Western

By ERIC TABER- (PHOTO GALLERY) The Griz han an authoritative 75-43 victory over Montana-Western to cap the nonconference season.... more

Montana Hosts Montana Western in Final Non Conference Game

By ERIC TABER-The Montana Grizzlies play its final nonconference game the year against the Montana-Western Bulldogs on Tuesday. Tip-off is at 1:00 p.m.... more

Jayhawks Fly Past Griz 88-46

By ERIC TABER-In a game that resembled a 16/1 seed matchup in the NCAA tournament, Montana couldn’t buy a bucket, shooting 26 percent from the field in a 88-46 loss to Kansas.... more

Griz Set to Take on #2 Kansas Jayhawks

By ERIC TABER-The Montana Grizzlies’ challenging nonconference schedule reaches its zenith on Sat., Dec. 19 as the Griz travel to to take on the nation’s No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks.... more

Griz Work Past Argos 79-59

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies took care of business against the visiting Great Falls Argos, but the 79-59 win wasn't a walk in the park.... more

Huskies Outrun Griz 92-62

By ERIC TABER-A fast start by the Huskies, cold shooting from the Griz and a slew of unforced errors spelled disaster for the Montana, resulting in a 92-62 loss on Saturday in Seattle.... more

Grizzlies Seek First Road Win at Washington

By ERIC TABER- The Grizzlies head back to the State of Washington, to face the Washington Huskies on Saturday, Dec. 12. Tipoff is at 4 p.m.... more