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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 22, 9:05 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Worthington Arena (7,250) -- Bozeman, Montana. Television: None. Home Record: WSU 11-1, MSU 8-4. Away Record: WSU 3-8, MSU 5-7. Neutral Record: WSU 0-0, MSU 0-2. Conference Record: WSU 11-4, MSU 8-7. Series Record: Weber State leads, 77-35.
GAME NOTES: The road has not been very kind to Weber State this season, but the Wildcats are hoping for more favorable results tonight as they meet up with the Montana State Bobcats in Big Sky Conference play at Worthington Arena.
The Wildcats are clinging to a one-game lead in the conference standings heading into the weekend, but the team has dropped back-to-back decisions for the first time since November when it opened the season with three consecutive setbacks. On Thursday night, the program was thumped by Montana in Missoula, 68-57, dropping it to a mere 3-8 in true road games this season.
Meanwhile, the Bobcats are one of five teams tied for third place in the Big Sky as Saturday play begins. The squad was also in action two nights ago, but unlike WSU the team picked up a 66-60 win over visiting Idaho State in order to move to 8-4 at home in 2013-14.
In terms of the all-time series between these two squads, the Wildcats hold a lopsided 77-35 advantage. Weber State crushed the Bobcats in the first meeting of the season, 86-57, in Ogden last month, thanks to Davion Berry who tallied a game-high 25 points and led all five starters in double figures as the hosts converted 62.2 percent of their field goal attempts, compared to just 36.8 percent for Montana State.
Kyle Tresnak led the attack on offense with 23 points, shooting 9-of-11 from the floor and a perfect 5-of-5 at the free-throw line before fouling out, but that wasn't enough as Weber State suffered another loss on the road on Thursday. Berry and Jeremy Senglin responded with 12 and 10 points, respectively, while Joel Bolomboy collected 11 rebounds, but he contributed just two points to the offensive attack.
Feasting at the free-throw line during his 23 starts, converting 152-of-187 opportunities, Berry leads the Wildcats in scoring with 18.9 ppg and is also first on the list in terms of assists with 85 as well. Senglin steps up with 11.2 ppg, as does Tresnak, the former combining with Berry to convert 87 of the unit's 159 3-pointers. Defensively, the Wildcats have limited opponents to just 106 triples on the campaign.
Terrell Brown tallied 13 points, leading four starters in double figures, as the Montana State Bobcats captured a 66-60 win over the Idaho State Bengals in Big Sky Conference play at in Bozeman a few nights back. Antonio Biglow and Marcus Colbert both added 12 points for the Bobcats, followed by Flavien Davis with 11 and eight rebounds as they posted their third win in the last four outings. In a game that featured eight ties and 10 lead changes, Idaho State's reserves produced only four points on the night.
An even 13-13 on the campaign, the Bobcats are one of the more balanced teams in the country in terms of spreading the offensive opportunities across the roster. While Davis may lead the group in scoring with 12.3 ppg, the only player in double figures at the moment, there are a total of eight players who have gotten off at least 112 shot attempts, the most coming from Davis who has let fly with 227 shots from the field.
This last week on the road has been disappointing for the Wildcats for sure, but with the regular season winding down they can't lose sight of the fact that they are still the team to beat in the Big Sky. It might not be easy, but there's still a chance for a rare road win tonight for WSU in Bozeman.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Weber State 69, Montana State 65
02/22 10:51:02 ET
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