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 ‘2015 Grizzly Basketball’

New Faces Shine in First Griz Hoops Scrimmage

By ERIC TABER-The Montana men’s basketball team took the court for the first time in 2015 in the first intrasquad scrimmage of the season on Saturday morning in Dahlberg Arena.... more

Griz Basketball Releases Strong 2015-16 Schedule

By Eric Taber - The defending Big Sky Conference champion Montana Grizzlies will play one of the toughest nonconference schedules in program history to start the 2015-16 season.... more

Eagles Defeat Grizzlies 69-65 in Big Sky Tourney Title Game

By DAVE GUFFEY - Harvey and Brandon combined for 34 points to lead Eastern Washington to a 69-65 come-from-behind win over the Grizzlies in the Big Sky Championship Game Saturday night.... more

Montana Edges NAU 61-59 To Advance to the Big Sky Title Game

By DAVE GUFFEY - Senior guard Jordan Gregory scored on a lay-up with .4 seconds remaining in the game to give the University of Montana Grizzlies a thrilling 61-59 win over the Northern Arizona.... more

Griz Edge Wildcats 76-73 in OT in Big Sky Quarterfinal Game

By DAVE GUFFEY - Junior forward Martin Breunig scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, leading Montana to a 76-73 OT win over Weber State in a BSC Championship quarterfinal game.... more

Griz Host Wildcats in Big Sky Conference Quarterfinal, March 12

By DAVE GUFFEY - The No. 1 seed Montana Grizzlies host the No. 8-seed Weber State Wildcats in a quarterfinal game in the Big Sky Conference’s men’s Basketball Championship, Thursday, March 12. ... more

Three Griz Named to Mens Basketball All-Big Sky Team

Montana’s Martin Breunig and Jordan Gregory have been named first team All-Big Sky Conference in 2015 as chosen by the conference coaches, announced the league office today. ... more

Griz Clinch Tournament-Hosting Rights, Share of Big Sky Crown

The Grizzlies dispatched the rival Bobcats 70-54 in Bozeman Saturday night and earned the right to host the Conference tournament next weekend in Missoula.... more

Griz Remain in Big Sky Title Hunt with 77-76 Win at EWU

By DAVE GUFFEY -The Grizzlies had four of five starters score in double figures and kept their BSC regular-season title hopes alive with a dramatic 77-76 win over Eastern Washington.... more

Gregory’s Career-High 36 Points Not Enough as Griz Lose to Idaho in 2 OT

By DAVE GUFFEY -The Montana Grizzlies men’s basketball team dropped a heart breaker Thursday night in Moscow, Idaho, falling 92-87 in double overtime to the host Vandals.... more

Griz at Idaho Thursday, Feb 26th

By DAVE GUFFEY -First place in the Big Sky Conference will be on the line as the Grizzlies begin a three-game road trip against Idaho Vandals on Thurs. Feb. 26, with tip-off at 8:05 p.m.... more

Breunig Earns League Honor

The Big Sky Conference has selected the University of Montana’s Martin Breunig the co-men’s basketball Player of the Week.... more

Griz Defeat Wildcats 74-63 for Fifth Big Sky Win in a Row

By DAVE GUFFEY -Martin Breunig registered a double-double and Jordan Gregory scored 15 points, as the host University of Montana Grizzlies defeated the Weber State Wildcats Saturday Night.... more

Breunig Scores 22 Points & Griz Defeat Idaho State 88-77

By DAVE GUFFEY -The Grizzlies had five players score in double figures, led by forward Martin Breunig’s 22 points, as they defeated the visiting Idaho State Bengals 88-77 Thursday night.... more

Griz Host Bengals Thursday, Feb 19

By DAVE GUFFEY -The Grizzlies play their final two home games of the regular season at home, beginning with Idaho State, Thurs., Feb. 19, in UM’s Dahlberg Arena, with tip-off at 7:05 p.m. ... more

Griz Win an Emotional Triple Overtime Thriller, 83-81 at UNC

By DAVE GUFFEY -Jordan Gregory made two clutch free throws with 2.2 seconds left in the third overtime, and the visiting Griz defeated Northern Colorado 83-81 in a BSC game Saturday evening. ... more

Gregory & Breunig Lead the Griz in 65-61 Win at North Dakota

By DAVE GUFFEY - Jordan Gregory and Martin Breunig combined for 33 points and 14 rebounds to lead the visiting UM Grizzlies to a 65-61 victory over the University of North Dakota.... more

The Griz at University of North Dakota Thursday, Feb 12

By DAVE GUFFEY - The Grizzlies face the University of North Dakota in a Big Sky Conference contest, Thurs., Feb. 12, at UND, with tip-off at 6:05 p.m. ... more

Gregory Scores a Game-High 17 Points as the Griz Beat Vandals 70-56

By DAVE GUFFEY - The Grizzlies had four starters score in double figures and senior guard Jordan Gregory had a game-high 17 points, as host UM defeated visiting Idaho 70-56 Saturday Night.... more

Brandon Leads Eagles to 75-69 Road Victory Over the Grizzlies

By DAVE GUFFEY - Guard Drew Brandon scored 27 points to lead visiting Eastern Washington to a hard-fought 75-69 win over the University of Montana Grizzlies Thursday evening in Missoula.... more

Griz Host Eagles Thursday Feb 5

By DAVE GUFFEY - The Montana Grizzlies host the second-place Eastern Washington Eagles in a crucial BSC game, Thurs., Feb. 5, in UM’s Dahlberg Arena, with tip-off at 7:05 p.m. ... more

Grizzlies Lose 70-69 Heartbreaker at Sacramento State

By DAVE GUFFEY -In a game showcasing the two best teams in the BSC, it was the Sacramento State Hornets who escaped with a 70-69 victory on a three-pointer with six seconds remaining.... more

Grizzlies Defeat Host Portland State University 73-54

By DAVE GUFFEY - Gregory reaches 1,000 points and the Grizzlies defeated Portland State 73-54 in Portland Thurs. evening.... more

Griz Host Southern Utah Saturday, Jan 24

By DAVE GUFFEY - TheMontana Grizzlies host Southern Utah in a Big Sky Conference game on Saturday, Jan. 24, in UM’s Dahlberg Arena, with tip-off at 7:05 p.m. ... more