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DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 24, 9:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Worthington Arena (7,250) -- Bozeman, Montana. Television: None. Home Record: WSU 8-1, MSU 6-2. Away Record: WSU 5-2, MSU 1-7. Neutral Record: WSU 0-0, MSU 0-0. Conference Record: WSU 8-0, MSU 4-4. Series Record: Weber State leads, 74-35.
GAME NOTES: One of the top teams in the Big Sky Conference tries to remain perfect in league play on Thursday night, as the Weber State Wildcats make the trip to Bozeman to challenge the Montana State Bobcats at Worthington Arena.
Weber State, which is tied with Montana for the best record in the Big Sky at 8-0, has lost only once in the last 13 outings and is enjoying a nine-game win streak at the moment. Last weekend, the Wildcats took care of Sacramento State at home in a 65-56 final, moving to 9-1 in Ogden, Utah as a result.
The Wildcats are kicking off a four-game road trip with Thursday's battle and won't be back at the Dee Events Center until Feb. 9 when they host Southern Utah.
Meanwhile the Bobcats, tied with North Dakota for third place in the Big Sky with a record of 4-4, were just in action three nights ago versus Southern Utah at home and made it through with a 76-68 victory. The win snapped a two- game slide by Montana State and kept the team undefeated at home in conference play (3-0) as well.
The Wildcats lead the all-time series by a comfortable 74-35 margin, taking three straight over Montana State, although the latter has played well at home over the years with a slight 27-25 edge in Bozeman.
By no means was it one of the team's better efforts this season, but still the Wildcats played well enough to get by the Hornets at home last Saturday thanks to Scott Bamforth who tallied 18 points, to go along with seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. Kyle Tresnak and Frank Otis chipped in 15 and 12 points, respectively, combining for 15 boards to help give WSU a slight edge on the glass (35-33). During their undefeated run in conference play, the Wildcats have been outscoring the competition by almost 16 ppg, as Bamforth (15.4 ppg), Tresnak (14.4 ppg) and Davion Berry (12.1 ppg) lead the way for a team that is shooting 50.4 percent from the floor and 43.1 percent behind the 3-point line. Defensively, WSU has limited conference foes to both 39.1 percent accuracy from the field and 29.5 percent out on the perimeter.
Christian Moon scored a game-high 24 points as he helped lead the Montana State Bobcats to an eight-point win over the Southern Utah Thunderbirds in Big Sky Conference play at Worthington Arena earlier this week. Xavier Blount and Paul Egwuonwu accounted for 13 and 10 points, respectively, for a Montana State squad that snapped a two-game slide. The Bobcats, who held SUU without a single fast-break basket, also outscored the visitors at the free-throw line by a 20-11 margin. Moon, the leading scorer for MSU in each of the last three outings, is putting up 14.4 ppg in conference play, but that's still less than he is scoring on the season overall (15.3 ppg). Blount accounts for another 11.5 ppg on the season and Antonio Biglow 11.0 ppg, but not one of those players, nor anyone else on the roster for that matter, has started every game for the Bobcats this year.
The bottom line here is that the Wildcats have just too many weapons for Montana State to account for in this meeting, and any one of them can take control of the action and lead the visitors to victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Weber State 72, Montana State 61
01/24 10:31:45 ET
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