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Weber State (0-1) at Colorado State (0-1)



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DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 16, 5 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Moby Arena (8,745) -- Fort Collins, Colorado. Television: None. Home Record: WSU 0-0, CSU 0-0. Away Record: WSU 0-1, CSU 0-1. Neutral Record: WSU 0-0, CSU 0-0. Conference Record: WSU 0-0, CSU 0-0. Series Record: Weber State leads, 5-1.

GAME NOTES: A couple of teams seeking their first wins of the season get together at Moby Arena this afternoon, as the Weber State Wildcats drop in on the Colorado State Rams.

Weber State, a member of the Big Sky Conference, opened the 2013-14 campaign more than a week ago now as it bowed to BYU on the road, 81-72. The team is coming off a wildly successful campaign in which it registered an overall record of 30-7 and finished second in the conference standings at 18-2.

Meanwhile the Rams, representatives of the Mountain West Conference, took a hit of their own in the first game of the season as they suffered a lopsided 93-61 setback to 15th-ranked Gonzaga earlier this week. Now in his second year with the club, head coach Larry Eustachy was very productive in his first campaign as he led the Rams to a 26-9 mark, which included an 11-5 mark in the MWC (second place).

Weber State leads the series with Colorado State by a count of 5-1, posting a 72-69 win in the most recent matchup back in 2001 in Hawaii. The Wildcats have taken three straight overall, and two of three contests played in Fort Collins.

The Wildcats didn't get a single point from their reserves in the season opener against BYU in Provo, but that was just one of the reasons for the setback. It also didn't help that starter Jordan Richardson missed all four of his field goal attempts and came up with no points and only three assists in 28 minutes of work. Kyle Tresnak accounted for a team-best 24 points, Davion Berry 23, followed by Jeremy Senglin with 14 and Joel Bolomboy 11 points and a team-high 13 rebounds, as the squad shot just 39.4 percent from the floor and forced only seven turnovers.

Last season, Berry led the team in scoring with 15.2 ppg, shooting an impressive 41.4 percent from behind the 3-point line, while Tresnak contributed 11.8 ppg and 5.5 rpg for the squad. Berry was also first in assists with 140, his 45 steals also putting him atop that category as well. As a collective unit, Weber State will be lucky to come close to the 50.6 percent it shot last season, which included 41.6 percent out on the perimeter.

Jon Octeus scored a career-high 27 points in the season opener for the Rams at Gonzaga, but by no means was that enough to keep the visitors in contention as they eventually bowed by 32 points. Octeus converted 7-of-15 shots from the floor and 13-of-16 at the free-throw line, which means the rest of his teammates combined to make just seven more attempts at the stripe. No other player scored in double figures for Colorado State, as the team converted just 32.1 percent from the floor and 5-of-17 beyond the arc,

Octeus, who will be asked to shoulder much of the scoring load for the Rams moving forward, is now a major player for a team that lost a considerable amount of scoring depth from a year ago. In fact, Octeus started only one game in 2012-13, and was responsible for 4.7 ppg as he shot only 36.0 percent from the field and 7-of-35 (.200) behind the 3-point line.

The Wildcats don't have all of their top talent back from last year's team, but you better believe they feel much better about their prospects than Colorado State which is practically starting from scratch.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Weber State 76, Colorado State 69

11/16 10:39:15 ET

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