Montana provides New Mexico with bulletin-board material

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The underdog isn't normally the one doing the talking, but Montana star Anthony Johnson did make this comment in a video on the team's Web site.

"We feel strongly about what we can do," he said. "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."

Asked about the comment today, Johnson said he wasn't trying to disrespect No. 3-seeded New Mexico from the Mountain West Conference in saying that, but added, "I don't think we should look past them, and I don't think they should look past us."

New Mexico guard Dairese Gary was not amused by the implication that the Lobos would be any easier of a match-up for Montana than a Big East team.

"You have to pay attention to stuff like that, that's a slap in the face," he said. "I mean, a Big East school, they're good, a lot of good teams in there. But we have a good record. We've been proving all year that we can beat good teams.

"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."