Bobcat men open season

BOZEMAN — Brad Huse knows what awaits his Bobcat basketball team when Montana State opens the 2012-13 season at Seattle University on Sunday.

“Seattle has a lot of firepower on the offensive end,” he says, “and they are extremely athletic.”

Montana State faces Seattle at 7 pm MT Sunday in a game televised throughout the West on ROOT Sports. The Redhawks feature a pair of players with significant starting experience in guards Prince Obasi and Sterling Carter. Carter has scored over 700 points in his Redhawks career. Forward Chad Rasmussen lends some firepower inside.

“Seattle plays very hard, and is a very good rebounding team,” Huse said. “They are an aggressive pressing and trapping team. We have to play smart and we know they’ll be ready to play as it is their home opener.”

The series dates to the 1947-48 season, and Seattle owns a 28-9 advantage. SU owns wins over the Bobcats in each of the past two seasons.

The Bobcats debut a new lineup at Key Arena Sunday, although it stands to be short-handed. Guard Christian Moon (academically ineligible) and forward Xavier Blount (suspension) will be missing, but dynamic newcomers Marcus Colbert, a freshman, and Antonio Biglow, a junior college transfer, man the backcourt.

Seattle’s large front line poses a challenge for MSU. Three Redhawks stand 6-8 or taller, while Paul Egwuonwu carries much of the load for the Bobcats inside. Wings Jamie Stewart and Flavien Davis add an athletic flare to the Bobcat front court.

— MSU Sports Information