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Griz Men Ready For Tourney Opener Against Portland State

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The Griz Men practiced at the Dee Events Center, also known as the Purple Palace in Odgen, Utah on Wednesday, a day before their Big Sky Tournament opener against Portland State. The Griz hope to win their third straight Big Sky Conference tournament, but of course will first have to beat a tough Portland State squad.

"We have been talking about them for the last three days a little again today, and we have played them two and half times so they should be fresh in our minds," Griz head coach Wayne Tinkle says.

"Its the end of the year so you are who you are now its just about cleaning it up and its just about going over Portland States game plan. So the coaches are implementing the game plan I mean its championship week, you are who you are," Griz Senior Kareem Jamar says.

For veteran Kareem Jamar he has been talking about getting his third ring and doesn't want his season to end on the first day.

"I mean its championship week its win or go home and this is what we all play for all the conditioning and all the meetings and I'm ready and its championship week what more can you say," Jamar says.

Meanwhile, Coach Tinkle hopes his can lean on his veteran guys like Jamar, Keron DeShields, and Jordan Gregory and get the team ready for the big sky tournament.

"Its big, I think if you look at our veteran guys they are maybe like 9-1 in the tournament, maybe one loss in the last six years in the tournament so there's experience there but that doesn't get the win and you still have to bring the energy and the focus and stay together," Tinkle says.

These two teams are so even in the two games they played each other they've had four overtimes. Tip-off for the third meeting is Thursday night at 7:00pm.

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