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CONFERENCES COACHING CHANGES TRANSACTIONS GAMING MATCHUP CURRENT ODDS
Montana State (10-13) at Weber State (18-5)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 16, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Dee Events Center (11,500) -- Ogden, Utah. Television: None. Home Record: MSU 8-4, WSU 11-1. Away Record: MSU 2-9, WSU 7-4. Neutral Record: MSU 0-0, WSU 0-0. Conference Record: MSU 7-8, WSU 13-2. Series Record: Weber State leads, 74-36.
GAME NOTES: Having halted the longest winning streak in Big Sky Conference play on Thursday night, the Weber State Wildcats now turned their attention towards taking down the Montana State Bobcats in league play on Saturday night at the Dee Events Center.
Two nights ago, the Wildcats hosted league-leading Montana, a team which had just set the record with 25 consecutive Big Sky victories, but that made little difference to WSU as the team dropped a massive 87-63 win on the visitors. The victory was the fifth straight for Weber State and kept them in contention for the regular-season title in the Big Sky with only a couple weeks remaining.
As for Montana State, now tied with Sacramento State for fifth place in the standings with a record of 7-8, it was crushed by Idaho State on the road at Reed Gym on Valentine's Day, 87-51. The defeat was the third in a row and the fourth in five tries for the program.
Weber State owns a convincing 74-36 advantage in the all-time series with the Bobcats, but it was Montana State that claimed a 79-74 win at home in the first meeting of the season. In Ogden, the Wildcats have dropped just seven of the previous 54 matchups.
Montana State made a total of just six field goals in the first half against the Bengals a few nights back, shooting a mere 37.8 percent from the floor and 23.8 percent behind the 3-point line through 40 minutes of action. Flavien Davis was the only player on the team to score in double figures as he dropped in 11 points in 20 minutes of action.
A different leading scorer in each of the last three games for the Bobcats, the team is being paced overall by Christian Moon with his 13.2 ppg as he shoots an impressive 50.4 percent from the floor. Xavier Blount checks in with another 11.1 ppg and Davis pitches in with 10.9 ppg, although his 23.3 percent accuracy beyond the arc is clearly lacking.
Kyle Tresnak posted a game-high 19 points, leading four players in double figures, as the Weber State Wildcats crushed the Montana Grizzlies, 87-63, in Big Sky Conference action at the Dee Events Center. Davion Berry added 16 points, six assists and three steals for the Wildcats, followed by Frank Otis and Gelaun Wheelwright with 14 points apiece as Weber State closed the gap to just a single game at the top of the league standings.
In conference play the Wildcats are shooting a staggering 51.5 percent from the floor and an equally impressive 43.2 percent behind the 3-point line which is made all the more incredible when you consider that the competition is shooting just 29.6 percent on the perimeter. Berry (14.8 ppg) and Scott Bamforth (13.4 ppg) have combined to make 66 triples in 15 games which is 19 more than all of the competition combined.
With revenge being a motivating factor, the Wildcats have all the incentive they need to take down Montana State this weekend. It also doesn't hurt that first place in the standings is within sight as well.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Weber State 83, Montana State 66
02/16 10:45:22 ET