New Mexico vs. Montana Officially Upgraded To "Chippy"

Anthony Johnson put himself in the national spotlight after his 42-point performance in the Big Sky Championship to propel the Grizzlies into the NCAA Tournament.  Their reward...a date with the 3-seed New Mexico Lobos. 

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A video posted this week on the Montana website showed the Grizzlies celebrating their tourney bid.  It also featured Johnson nonchalantly lobbing some bulletin board material New Mexico's way (2:08 mark).

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"We're happy about being a 14 seed. I'm glad we don't have to play one of these huge, Big East teams. My heart was kind of pumping a little bit for that."

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As you might imagine, New Mexico has taken some issue with the comparison.

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"You have to pay attention to stuff like that, that's a slap in the face," [New Mexico guard Dairese Gary] said.

"So we're thinking about it. I'm sure he didn't mean anything about it, but at the same time, that's the kind of momentum to stay focused and go out and play hard."

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New Mexico-Montana is one of the late games on Thursday (9:40 p.m. EST) so there's still plenty of time for both teams to stew and/or say something else they shouldn't.

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