In last 10 games: 7-3.
Disturbing losses: Nov. 18, at Boise State, 90-69; Feb.4, at Idaho State, 95-70; Feb. 25, at Portland State, 93-92.
Top players: So., Andrew Strait, C/F, 16.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg; Jr., Kevin Criswell, G, 16.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg; Sr., Virgil Mathews, F, 10.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.0 apg.
Scouting report: Thanks to the emergence of freshman Jordan Hasquet, the Grizzlies got hot in the conference tournament and knocked off top-seeded Northern Arizona in the championship game. Hasquet, who averaged 7.6 points and 4.1 rebounds during the regular season, had 20 points and 13 rebounds in the title game.
Little-known fact: Coach Larry Krystkowiak played 10 years in the NBA, finishing his career with the Lakers in 1995. Krystkowiak is also Montana's all-time leader with 2,017 points and 1,105 rebounds.
No. 13 Pacific
Location: Stockton, Calif.
Conference: Big West.
Record Against tournament field: 1-1.
Away from home: 13-4.
In last 10 games: 9-1.
Impressive victories: Dec. 10, at Western Kentucky, 91-75; Jan. 3, home vs. Texas A&M, 63-56.
Disturbing losses: Jan. 7, home vs. UC Riverside, 83-71.
Top players: Sr., Christian Maraker, F, 17.2 ppg, 8.9 rpg; Sr., Johnny Gray, G, 14.8 ppg, 3.0 apg.
Scouting report: Pacific, the Big West regular-season and tournament champion, is in the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive year -- and has won a first-round game each of the last two. The Tigers upset Pittsburgh last season before losing to Washington, and two years ago defeated Providence before losing to Kansas. Maraker, a versatile 6-9 player from Sweden, is the only starter back from last season's team, but the Tigers withstood a challenge from high-scoring Long Beach in the Big West final.