Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Man From Montana Shepherds Stanford.(Sports)

Byline: Mark Smith Journal Staff Writer

* Coach Mike Montgomery says the pressure was greater when he was in Missoula

Missoula, Mont., isn't exactly considered the hotbed of men's college basketball.

The recruiting pool is tough, and expectations can be tougher. Forget realistic views. College basketball is the only game in town in Missoula, and the fans want it all.

Mike Montgomery didn't deliver the world to Missoula, but the current coach of the country's No. 1 team surely gave it a shot.

"Missoula is a little like Albuquerque in that college basketball is the only sport in town," says Montgomery.

For eight years, he cut his coaching teeth as the head man of the University of Montana's program.

"Of course, Albuquerque is much bigger," Montgomery says. "But the focus is all on basketball. …

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