BYU (6-3) at Weber State (4-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 15, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Dee Events Center (11,500) -- Ogden, Utah. Television: BYUtv. Home Record: BYU 5-0, Weber St. 3-0. Away Record: BYU 0-1, Weber St. 1-2. Neutral Record: BYU 1-2, Weber St. 0-0. Conference Record: BYU 0-0, Weber St. 0-0. Series Record: BYU leads, 27-10.
GAME NOTES: Instate rivals will collide at the Dee Events Center, as the Weber State Wildcats welcome the BYU Cougars to Ogden on Saturday.
One of the Big Sky's top teams, Weber State comes into this contest with a modest 4-2 overall record. However, the team has won each of its last three games, including last weekend's 65-51 victory over UC Irvine. With the win, the Wildcats also moved to 3-0 at home in 2012-13.
Dave Rose's Cougars have begun the season with six wins over their first nine games. The team has captured victories in four of its last five games, including a narrow 61-58 decision over another instate foe last weekend in Utah.
This marks the 38th all-time meeting between these two instate foes. BYU has won each of the last nine meetings and holds a 27-10 series advantage.
Usually shooting 31.1 percent from the floor in a game will not result in victory, however, that is exactly what happened to BYU last week against the Utes. Utah actually held a 12-point lead in the first half, but the Cougars fought back after the break to earn the 3-point victory. Matt Carlino led the way for BYU off the bench, tallying 19 points thanks in large part to five 3- pointers. Tyler Haws added 14 points to the victory, while Brandon Davies chipped in with 11.
The Cougars are averaging a steady 75.0 ppg on the year, but doing so on a modest .435 shooting. While the shooting efficiency isn't exactly top-notch, BYU does possess a potent one-two punch in Haws and Davies. Haws is converting just under 46 percent from the floor, while averaging a gaudy 20.1 ppg. Davies provides frontcourt balance, with the ability to both fill up the basket (17.9 ppg) and rebound (team-high 7.3 rpg). Brock Zylstra is a distant third in the scoring column for BYU at 8.2 ppg.
Weber State didn't have its best offensive performance against the Anteaters last time out, shooting just .412 from the floor, including an ugly 2-of-12 showing from behind the arc, but it was still enough to earn a 14-point victory over UC Irvine. The Wildcats took advantage of a worse offensive performance by their opponent, which shot just .346 from the field overall, including 3-of-17 from long distance. Three Wildcats finished in double figures in the win, led by Kyle Tresnak's 16 points. Frank Otis added 13 points, while Scott Bamforth chipped in with 11. Joel Bolomboy contributed just four points to the cause, but did haul in a game-high 11 rebounds.
Weber State is averaging a decent 74.7 ppg this year, but has really had success at the defensive end and as a result, is enjoying a +15.8 scoring margin. Opponents are netting just 58.8 ppg and being held under 40 percent shooting (.372) overall. Three of the team's five starters are averaging double figures, led by Davion Berry's 12.5 ppg. Bamforth is next in the line at 11.8 ppg, followed by Tresnak and his 10.7 ppg. Otis is just outside that mark, netting 9.7 ppg.
The Cougars possess one of the top scoring tandems around in Haws and Davies, but winning in Ogden is no small feat. The Wildcats will present a problem for BYU here and may just remain undefeated at home when all is said and done.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Weber State 71, BYU 69
12/15 10:37:48 ET