It's time to get down to Big Sky Conference business for  your defending  champion University of Montana Grizzly basketball team.

The Griz open Big Sky play at home, hosting Northern Arizona Saturday night, December 28 and Sacramento State Monday night, December 30. Both games tip off at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday night's Hero Game is offering free general admission tickets to first-responders, military and teachers with valid IDs. Just show those at the ticket windows at the Adams Center.

And there's also a special pre-New Year's Eve offer for Monday night's game. The first 500 fans to arrive will receive free general admission tickets. That offer is open to all fans.

Good luck to the Griz as they start their quest for a third consecutive Big Sky Conference title.