Austin Montgomery

"He must become greater, I must become less." - John 3:30

Twitter: @thegom16

Hometown: Agoura Hills, CA

Favorite Sports Media Journalist: Colin Cowherd

Favorite Athlete: Mike Piazza

Favorite Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

If you could cover any sporting event in the world, what would it be: The Rose Bowl

Best tradition at your college: Havoc Pregame Hype

The restaurant you most frequent in your college town: Buffalo Wild Wings

Best class you’ve ever taken: World Religions

The NIT Championship: The Battle for 69th Place

Tonight, Utah and Penn St square off in the NIT championship to battle for the title of 69th place… nice.  Winning the NIT Championship should feel NICE and the victor should hold a special place in America’s heart. Watching Utah fans on twitter cheer as we observe every 69 jokes flying over their head is […]

Gonzaga Invited to Join the Mountain West

LOS ANGELES:  In approximately two weeks the University of Gonzaga will have the chance to become the 12th member of the Mountain West conference. Rumors surrounding Gonzaga’s potential move to the Mountain West have been circling around since last April. “We’d like to be done with all this in the next couple weeks, but there […]

March Madness Breakdown with Aaron Torres

Aaron Torres came on Austin Montgomery’s radio show this week to break down the Final Four. Trip starts with Aaron and Austin recapping their encounter in Vegas (1:00-5:00).  The interview then covers the bubble snubs of the tournament, and how the selection process can be better. Aaron and Austin break down the tournament region by […]

Lope Nation: GCU Wins First Conference Tournament Game in School History

The Lopes beat UMKC in 77-74 thriller to claim the school’s first-ever conference tournament victory. However, the game was never pretty for the Lopes. GCU came into the contest as 13 point favorites, but the Lopes were never able to capture a lead greater than five. GCU got off to a disastrous start. The UMKC […]

It’s Canyon Time! Lopes Ready for Tournament Debut

After a long four year probationary period, the Lopes finally have a chance to compete in the WAC Conference tournament in Las Vegas. The Lopes finally get their spotlight under the Vegas lights, and they have an opportunity to earn their ticket to March Madness. It’s been a long time coming, but Dan Majerle’s Lopes […]

Austin Montgomery Live: Interview with The Athletic’s Aaron Torres

  Aaron Torres came on Austin Montgomery live community radio show on Radio Phoenix Tuesday to preview the upcoming Conference Tournaments in Las Vegas and discuss the current state of the NCAA. The interview begins with Austin bringing up Grand Canyon University basketball team and Aaron shares insight on GCU tournament prospects and program growth […]

Summit League Championship Preview: South Dakota Civil War

South Dakota (-1.5) @ South Dakota St This installment of the South Dakota Civil War will include high stakes as the winner of will punch their ticket to the big dance.  The Dakotas split the season series with each team taking care of their home court, but now they meet in a neutral arena. South […]

Beat the Spread: Saturday Edition

Well gamblers, this is it.  The last Saturday of the college basketball regular season is here before the real chips hit the table.  Let’s keep the delay to a minimum and get right to the picks so that you can maximize your profits heading straight into the madness. Austin’s Picks: UNC (+ 7.5) @ Duke: […]

Breaking: Sean Miller and Alonzo Trier Will Return for Arizona’s Game vs Stanford

It has been a crazy day for the Arizona Wildcat basketball program and their fans. At noon Arizona time,  the university held a press conference for Sean Miller where they denied the information in ESPN’s  Adam Schlabach report accusing Miller of discussing payment for star recruit Deandre Ayton $100,000 to attend Arizona on a phone call […]

Mid Major Game of the Week: San Diego St vs Boise St Preview

The Broncos will be traveling to play the Aztecs in Viejas arena for this Mid Major matchup. The Broncos have the better record and best player on the court in Chandler Hutchison, but it is no easier task winning on the road in San Diego. Boise State sits on the bubble of making the NCAA […]

Beat the Spread Picks February 27th

Beat the Spread picks for Tuesday is back. After a disappointing 1-3 yesterday, Alex and Austin are hoping to get back on track. The boys tried to record a radio segment this afternoon, but the phone line sounded like a West Virginia tunnel and the static fizzled like a 90’s  Television PSA announcement. So here […]

Beat The Spread: The Triumphant Return

After a solid 4-2 last Wednesday, Austin and I decided to take a bit of a hiatus to celebrate our winnings Wolf of Wall Street style (Coke, strippers, the whole nine yards).  Actually, not quite, but still, you get the jist.  I don’t know about Austin, but I didn’t fare too well against the books […]

Beat the Spread Radio: Segment 1 w/ Austin and Alex (2/20/18)

http:// Austin and Alex are back to give you their picks of the day. Alex was kind enough to stop by as a guest on Austin’s radio show on Tuesday afternoon for Radio Phoenix.  The segment opens discussing the NCAA’s punishment over Louisville (0:00-1:50). Then the guys transition into giving out their picks for Tuesday’s […]

Beat the Spread with Austin and Alex: Saturday, 2/17/18

Well, it’s another big Saturday in February for college basketball, meaning it’s sadly one of the last chances us handicappers have to do some significant damage on the books over the course of 12 straight hours.  We fared nicely with our picks on Thursday, though admittedly it could’ve been better.  A half-point cover by UCLA […]

Grand Canyon is the Next Big Mid Major in College Baseball

Phoenix, AZ: Pitchers and catchers reported for spring training in the Arizona desert for Cactus League spring training this past week. However, that’s not the only big baseball story in the Valley. Many MLB pitchers, scouts, and baseball fans are prepared to flock to GCU friday night as baseball powerhouse and College World Series participant […]

Beat the Spread with Austin and Alex

Beat the Spread and ATS Picks have collaborated to make the best college basketball gambling column in the country.  Both Alex Wilcox and Austin Montgomery have been on a role as of late. Alex has won over 300 units over the past month while Austin has accumulated +69 units in the month of February. We […]

Beat the Spread: Super Tuesday Perfect Parlay

Super Tuesday is the perfect day to get your bank roll up. The Beat the Spread Column has taken a short break, but we are back to make you guys money. We are hoping for a 3-0 day as we try to hit this 3-team perfect parlay. We were 28-24-6 over the course of football […]

The Student Union Sports Podcast: Trivia Edition

Todays Episode of the Student Union Sports Podcast features the first round of the Student Union Trivia Tournament of Champions (Its a working title…) Writers competing include Johnny Rambos, PJ Guippone, Cody Goggin, Bucky Grimes, Nolan Davis, Sam Tschida, Brendan Smith, Luke Matthews, Big Takes, Austin Montgomery, Frank Fanelli, and Anthony Ventura. Matchup guide Group […]

St. John’s Stuns Duke in the Garden

St. John’s broke their eleven game losing streak in miraculous fashion by upsetting the #4 ranked Duke Blue Devils in front of a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden. The two historic programs honored the late Howard Garfinkel in an inaugural game known as “The Garf.” The famed Five-Star Basketball Camp founder would have […]

Desert Hot Takes Episode #12

  Another episode of Desert Hot Takes is presented by the boys in the Valley with talk about college sports on the West Coast. The show is joined by new co-host Andy Jones who is an up and coming star in the Student Union publication. The show starts out discussing the firing of USC head […]

Lope Nation Podcast Episode #6

Good afternoon Lopes fans! We have a new episode of the Lope Nation Podcast featuring new Student Union contributor Andy Jones. Andy has only been in Lope Land for a few months, but he has a lot to offer. The podcast starts with Andy introducing himself to the audience. The podcast recaps the Lopes’ performance […]

Saint Mary’s Gaels Take Control of WCC After Upsetting Gonzaga

SPOKANE, WASH: Home losses at the Kennel in Spokane are very rare for the Zags. Prior to Thursday night, Gonzaga had a 188-18 all-time record in their home arena. Saint Mary’s 74-71 victory over Gonzaga Thursday night gave the Zags their 19th home loss ever and snapped a home winning streak of 11 consecutive games. […]

Mid-Major Game of the Week: Saint Mary and Gonzaga Battle for First Place in the WCC

SPOKANE, WASH:  Thursday night, the two biggest powers in mid major basketball will collide to battle for sole possession of first place in the West Coast Conference.  Both teams have had this game circled since the official schedules were released. The #13th ranked Zags are listed as 7.5 favorites against a very steady Saint Mary’s […]

Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski Passes Away

Washington State redshirt sophomore quarterback, Tyler Hilinski was found dead in his apartment due to an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound according to police. A suicide note was apparently found in Hilinski’s apartment as well. The news of Hilinski‘s death has left the college football world speechless. This is incredibly devastating news and our thoughts, prayers […]

Mid-Major Game of the Week: GCU vs New Mexico State Preview

On Thursday at 7pm PST, there is a major #WACTION showdown in the Valley as the two top WAC contenders will battle to gain control of the Western Athletic Conference.  Newly postseason eligible Grand Canyon University will host their conference home opener against defending WAC Champions, the New Mexico St Aggies. Although #11 ranked ASU […]

Belk Bowl Preview: Wake Forest is the Lock of the Year

Game Information Spread: Wake Forest -3.5 Date: Friday, Dec. 29 | Time: 1 p.m. ET Location: Bank of America Stadium — Charlotte, North Carolina TV: ESPN | Live stream: Watch ESPN, Watchespn apps The Belk Bowl is the opening act of the weekend’s huge bowl game slate. The Charlotte bowl game features an intriguing ACC […]

Alamo Bowl Preview: #15 TCU vs #13 Stanford

No. 13 Stanford (9-4) vs. No. 15 TCU (10-3) Dec. 28, 9 p.m. ET, San Antonio, Texas (ESPN) TCU -3, O/U: 49 The 25th edition of the Valero Alamo Bowl will feature two top 15 teams that are both coming off loses in their conference championship games. After starting 1-2, the Stanford Cardinal have won […]

Lope Nation: GCU Falls to Louisville After Frustrating Second Half

The GCU basketball team will not garner significant praise after the Cardinals thumped the Lopes 74-56 in their final non-conference home game. The Lopes kept the game close through most of the first half, leading by as much as seven at one point. The game was mostly back and forth throughout, but Louisville used a […]

2017 CBS Sports Classic: UCLA vs Kentucky Preview

When: Saturday 4pm ET Where: New Orleans, Louisiana TV: CBS Betting Line Kentucky -6.5 via Bovada   The second match of the CBS Sports Classic features an NCAA tourney second round rematch between UCLA and the Wildcats of Kentucky: The Bruins will look to avenge their tourney loss and beat the Wildcats for the third […]

Desert Hot Takes Bowl Mania Preview Episode with Kelly Stewart

During this episode of Desert Hot Takes, we had the privilege to interview one of the most knowledgeable women in  sports.  Professional handicapper and Vegas Insider analyst Kelly Stewart joined the show to preview the college bowl games and talk about Kansas St. Athletics. Kelly joins the show to give our audience much needed sports […]

ASU Takes Down KU 95-85

The Arizona State Sun Devils have been the most impressive team in Arizona, let alone in the Pac-12. The Sun Devils have had enjoyed an 8-0 start, with wins over San Diego State, Kansas State, Xavier, St. John’s, and now this outing versus Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse. My first experience at Allen Fieldhouse was not as […]

Lope Nation: Cold Shooting Lopes fall to St.Johns in Valley of the Sun Shootout

Dan Majerle did not have a pleasant experience during his homecoming at Talking Stick Arena as his Lopes put on a disappointing performance against St. John’s in the Valley of the Sun Shootout on Tuesday night. Grand Canyon’s performance was disappointing in what was suppose to be a national break out party for GCU on […]

Interview with Aaron Torres, Valley of the Sun Shootout Preview

There are not many basketball analysts like Fox Sports Radio’s Aaron Torres. I had an opportunity to interview Aaron in preparation for the Valley of the Sun Shootout on Tuesday December 5th on my afternoon radio show. Aaron is a high energy guy and a talented journalist who has the best takes in all of […]

Valley of The Sun Shootout Preview:

The Phoenix Suns home, Talking Stick Resort Arena, will be rocking with over 15,000 rowdy college basketball fans when Arizona battles #7 Texas A&M and Grand Canyon plays St. John’s in the nationally televised Valley of the Sun Shootout tonight starting at 7pm on ESPN2 and ESPN U. Unlike many neutral site locations, expect the […]

Lope Nation Podcast Episode 2

The Lope Nation podcast is back covering the biggest party in college basketball. The second episode of the Desert Hot Takes podcast previews a huge week for the Grand Canyon Antelopes. The podcast starts with a preview of the Lopes’ 5-1 start (0:00-4:05). The guys then preview the Lopes’ game against UC Riverside (4:05-715). The […]

Why Miami Will Win the ACC Title Game

The last time the Hurricanes played Clemson on October 24, 2015, the Miami Hurricanes’ program hit rock bottom. Clemson came to Miami and delivered an unimaginable 58-0 ass-beating to the Hurricanes that sent head coach Al Golden all the way to Detroit to coach tight ends for the Lions, and Mark Richt to Miami to […]

Desert Hot Takes Episode #8

The boys from the dessert are back at it again and discussing the sensational drama known as the college football coaching carousel. The podcast opens with ASU firing Todd Graham and hiring Herm Edwards (1:00-5:05).  The boys move forward in discussing the biggest hire in the PAC-12 as Chip Kelly takes over as UCLA’s next […]

2017 PAC-12 Championship Preview: USC vs Stanford

USC is looking to win its first conference championship since 2011 while Stanford is trying to win its 4th conference title in seven years, extending their decade long dominance over the PAC-12 conference. The No. 10 USC Trojans (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12 South) meets the 12th-ranked Stanford Cardinal (9-3, 7-2 Pac-12 North) in the Pac-12 Championship […]

Herm Edwards Expected to be ASU Next Coach

Rumours have been confirmed that ASU athletic director, Ray Anderson, plans to make ESPN football analyst Herm Edwards the Sun Devils next head coach, pending the university president’s approval. Edwards replaces recently fired coach Todd Graham, who lead the Sun Devils to 46-31 record and 5 bowl appearances during his six year tenure. Todd Graham […]

Beat the Spread: Black Friday Special Picks

The fact that you get these picks for free is a Black Friday deal better than any other. We have had a solid record of  21-13-4 and we are looking to ride the wave. I’ve gone on a gambling cleanse over the past couple weeks, but I am in the Sin City itself and are […]

Aggies Beat down the Lobos in Weir’s return to Las Cruces

For as long as Paul Weir is New Mexico’s head coach, the Rio-Grande Rivalry between New Mexico and New Mexico St will be one of the most heated rivalries in college basketball. The NMSU Aggies pounded New Mexico 75-56 during Paul Weir’s first trip back to Las Cruces since becoming the New Mexico head coach. […]

Lope Nation Podcast Episode with Joshua Lovern

We finally got a podcast on our favorite college basketball, the GCU Antelopes. Austin Montgomery talks with mid major basketball reporter Johsua Lovern to preview the Lopes 2017-2018 season, and their first year of postseason eligibility. The podcast was recorded on friday November 10, before the Lopes first game*.  The podcast begins with the overall […]

College Basketball 2017-18: Year of the Antelope (GCU Preview)

By Austin Montgomery and Jacob Allen.  The Grand Canyon University Antelopes will be the biggest story of college basketball this season. The 2017-2018 season marks the first year of eligibility for the NCAA’s first “for profit” university. GCU is home to the best student section in the country, and they will finally be able to […]

G5 Game of the Week:#18 UCF @ SMU

Line: UCF @ SMU (+14.5) (moneyline: SMU +465) (UCF -630) Total 73: When: 6:15 p.m. Saturday at Gerald J. Ford Stadium Broadcast: ESPN2: A huge matchup in the American Athletic Conference will broadcasted on ESPN2 when the 18th ranked Golden Knights travel to Dallas to face the SMU Mustangs. SMU has been one of the […]

Beat the Spread: Perfect Parlay Week 10

After a couple abysmal weeks have dropped our season record to a pedestrian 15-13-4, I promise this the week we are turning this ship around. I’m feeling really good about these underdogs and I believe a majority of them can win their games outright. So let’s get down to it and make some money. #23 […]

Desert Hot Takes Episode 7: College Basketball Preview

The Desert Hot Takes podcast, features Host Austin Montgomery, and co-host Jacob Allen, bringing up the hottest takes on this side of the Mississippi. This week’s episode of Desert Hot Takes includes an overview of where the Pac-12 stands in terms of getting a CFP team, a preview of WCC, the WAC, Mountain West and […]

Beat the Spread: Perfect Parlay Week 9

#22 West Virginia (+7.5) vs #11 Oklahoma St: Surprisingly, the Mountaineers find themselves in a four-way tie for second place in the Big 12 as they get set to host Oklahoma State on Saturday. Dana Holgorsen is going to try to wreak havoc on his former team. The storyline of this game is the matchup […]