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,

Posts Tagged ‘2013-14 Grizzly Basketball’

Jamar Tabbed Mid-Major All-American

The University of Montana’s Kareem Jamar has been named to the 2013-14 Lou Henson Mid-Major All-America team, the second consecutive season he has been so-honored.... more

Griz Lose 70-63 in First Round to PSU (Photo Gallery)

By DAVE GUFFEY- The Montana Grizzlies’ amazing streak of Big Sky Conference championships ended today, as PSU defeated them 70-63 Thursday evening in a first-round tournament game.... more

At NAU 67, Montana 47

The Grizzlies struggled on both ends of the floor Saturday afternoon, losing 67-47 to the host Northern Arizona Lumberjacks in the final regular-season Big Sky Conference game.... more

Montana 70, at Sac State 55

By DAVE GUFFEY- Montana had 10 players break into the scoring column, and Jordan Gregory was deadly from 3-point range, as the Grizzlies defeated the host Sacramento State Hornets 70-55. ... more

Griz Edge Cats 53-50 (Photo Gallery)

By DAVE GUFFEY - It wasn’t pretty, but it was just enough, as the host Grizzlies edged Bobcats 53-50 Monday evening in a crucial BSC contest in front of a season-high crowd of 4,606. ... more

Jamar Leaves Quite an Imprint at UM & Griz Basketball Program (Photo Gallery)

By DAVE GUFFEY-Montana’s Kareem Jamar will soon play his last game in front of Griz Nation. He came to Missoula as a 17-year-old high school star but will be leaving a lot more than his legacy as a player.... more

Jamar Registers a Double-Double in 82-54 Griz Win Over SUU (Photo Gallery)

By DAVE GUFFEY - Kareem Jamar registered a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds as the host Montana Grizzlies defeated Southern Utah 82-54 Saturday on “Senior Night . (Photo Gallery)... more

Griz Edge Bengals 62-61 & Tinkle Gets Career Win No. 155

By DAVE GUFFEY - Montana Head Coach Wayne Tinkle reached a coaching milestone as as the Grizzlies edged Idaho State 62-61 Saturday night in Missoula.... more

Griz Defeat First-Place Weber State 68-57 (Photo Gallery)

By DAVE GUFFEY - Kareem Jamar scores 25 points and Coach Wayne Tinkle notches his 154th career win as host, Griz defeat first-place Weber State 68-57. ... more

Grizzlies Defeat Eagles 82-77 and Win Fourth Game in a Row (Photo Gallery)

By DAVE GUFFEY - Senior forward Kareem Jamar tallied a team-high 23 points to lead the Grizzlies to an 82-77 BSC win over the visiting Eastern Washington Eagles Saturday evening.... more

Grizzlies Edge Vikings 82-76 in Hard-Fought Overtime Contest (Photo Gallery)

By DAVE GUFFEY - Junior guard Keron DeShields scored 11 of his 19 points in overtime to lead the Grizzlies to an emotional 82-76 win over Portland State Thursday night at Dahlberg Arena.... more

Griz Begin Second Half of Big Sky Slate at Home Against PSU Thurs, Feb 6

By DAVE GUFFEY - The Montana Grizzlies start the second half of their BSC schedule at home, hosting the red-hot Portland State Vikings, Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7:05 p.m. in UM’s Dahlberg Arena.... more

Griz Make It Seven Straight Over Bobcats With 70-66 Victory

By BRENT RESER - Kareem Jamar registered his third double-double of the season, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, to lead the Montana Grizzlies to a 70-66 BSC victory over the host Montana State Bobca... more

Griz Win Big Over Sacramento State 82-70 (Photo Gallery)

By DAVE GUFFEY - Junior guards Jordan Gregory and Keron DeShields combined for 37 points and senior guard/forward Kareem Jamar chipped in 14, as the Grizzlies defeated Sac State 82-70.... more

NAU Defeats UM 73-65 in Big Sky Conference Opener

By DAVE GUFFEY -Northern Arizona had three starters combine for 62 points, as they defeated the University of Montana 73-65 Thursday evening in the Big Sky Conference opener in UM’s Dahlberg Arena.... more

Griz Host Lumberjacks in Big Sky Opener January 2

By DAVE GUFFEY -The Montana Grizzlies begin their 2013-14 Big Sky Conference schedule this week, starting with the NAU on Thurs., Jan. 2, with tip-off at 7:05 p.m. in UM’s Dahlberg Arena.... more

First 1,000 Fans to Get in FREE at Jan 2 and Jan 4 Griz Basketball Games

By DAVE GUFFEY-Montana opens its Big Sky Season this weekend. The First 1,000 fans to get in free at Jan 2nd game against NAU & the Jan 4th game against Sacramento State. ... more

Dramatic 72-71 Come-From-Behind Victory for the Griz Over the Vandals

By DAVE GUFFEY -UM Senior Kareem Jamar made a pair of free throws with 4.1 seconds left to play to lead the Grizzlies to an exciting 72-71 come-from-behind victory over the Idaho.... more

Griz Down Dawgs 91-74 (Photo Gallery)

By AUSTIN SMITH -The Montana Grizzlies fought the scoreboard and their own composure Friday evening during an emotionally-charged 91-74 victory over UM-Western. ... more

Griz Conclude 3-Game Homestand Versus Bulldogs Dec 20

By DAVE GUFFEY - The University of Montana Grizzlies conclude a three-game home-stand, hosting the UM-Western Bulldogs on Friday, Dec. 20, with tip-off at 7:00 p.m. in Dahlberg Arena.... more

Griz Smother Saints 73-57 (Photo Gallery)

By AUSTIN SMITH -The Montana Grizzlies notched a low-key victory Sunday evening, cruising effortlessly past the St. Martin’s Saints 73-57.... more

Griz Defeat Vandals 69-58

By DAVE GUFFEY -Five players in double figures and crucial free throws late in the game helped the Montana Grizzlies win 69-58 over the Idaho Vandals Wed.evening in UM’s Dahlberg Arena.... more

Griz Back in Action Host Idaho & St. Martin This Week

By DAVE GUFFEY - The Montana Grizzlies are back in action for a pair of home games after more than a week off, hosting Idaho on Wed. Dec., 11 and Saint Martin on Sun. Dec. 15.... more

Griz Miss Last-Second Shot, SF Wins 75-74 (Photo Gallery)

By AUSTIN SMITH -The late comeback effort by Montana fell short and the University of San Francisco Dons escaped with a 75-74 win Friday night at Dahlberg Arena.... more

Griz Host Dons in Home Opener Tonight

By DAVE GUFFEY - The Montana Grizzlies play their 2013-14 home opener, hosting the University of San Francisco Dons Friday, Nov. 22. Tip-off is at 7:05 p.m. ... more

UM’s Jamar Named Co-Big Sky Conference Player of the Week

By DAVE GUFFEY - The University of Montana’s Kareem Jamar has been named Co-Big Sky Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for games played between Nov. 12-18.... more

Montana Wins over South Dakota State 77-69

By DAVE GUFFEY - Montana’s Kareem Jamar recorded a double-double and the Grizzlies made key free throws late in the contest to win 77-69 over the SDSU.... more

UM Men’s Basketball Hosts Lewis and Clark State Tonight (Nov 6)

By DAVE GUFFEY - The Montana Grizzly basketball team hosts Lewis-Clark State College in an exhibition game, Wednesday, Nov. 6, with tip-off slated for 7:05 p.m.... more

Griz Open Season, Rout Simon Fraser 102-49

By KARL SCHNEIDER - Kareem Jamar matched his career high point performance Saturday night with 28 points in just 27 minutes as the Griz kicked off their season in an exhibition game against SFU.... more

Griz Tabbed 2nd/3rd in 2013-14 Pre-Season Polls

The UM basketball team has been picked to finish second by the media and third by the league coaches in the 2013-14 Big Sky Conference pre-season polls released today by the conference office.... more