2013 CollegeInsider.com Tournament
Cal Poly (18-13) at Weber State (26-6)
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • 7:00 p.m.
Ogden, Utah • Dee Events Center (11,500)
Radio: FM-106.9 “The Zone”
Live stats: WeberStateSports.com
Series: first meeting
• Weber State enters postseason play for the fifth straight year when the Wildcats take on Cal Poly Wednesday in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
• The Wildcats are competing in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament for the second-straight season.
• Weber State is 26-6 overall and is coming off a 67-64 loss at Montana in the championship game of the Big Sky Tournament Saturday.
• Cal Poly is 18-13 on the season and has qualified for a postseason tournament for the first time in its 19 year history as a Division I school.
• WSU has won 26 games for the just the fourth time in school history and one more win will tie for the most wins ever by the program.
• This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.
Wednesday’s CIT game will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Dee Events Center and will be broadcast live on 106.9 FM “The Zone” with Carl Arky, the 2011 Utah Sportscaster of the Year, and Dutch Belnap calling all the action. It can also be heard online at 1280thezone.com. Live stats will be at WeberStateSports.com.
The game will also be streamed online for free at watchcollegeinsider.com.
ABOUT THE COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT
This is the fifth annual Collegeinsider.com Tournament (CIT), a tournament featuring 32 mid-major teams from across the country.
All games are played at campus sites. The first round games will be March 18-19, second round games March 22-24, quarterfinals March 26-27, semifinals March 29-30 and the championship game April 2. The championship game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network. The CIT is not bracketed and uses the old NIT model where future round matchups are determined by the results of the previous rounds, maintaining regional matchups.
Weber State has the best record of any team in the CIT, including the most wins and the fewest losses. WSU also has the fourth highest RPI of any team in the tournament. This is Weber State second-straight year competing in the tournament. WSU beat Utah Valley in the first round before falling at Loyola Marymount in the second round.
TUESDAY, MARCH 19
Eastern Kentucky (24-9) @ Gardner Webb (21-12) 5:00 pm
Savannah State (19-14) @ East Carolina (18-12) 5:00 pm
Rider (18-14) @ Hartford (17-13) 5:00 pm
Oakland (16-16) @ Youngstown State (17-15) 5:00 pm
Boston University (17-12) @ Loyola MD (21-11) 5:30 pm
Tennessee State (18-14) @ Evansville (18-14) 6:00 pm
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20
Elon (21-11) @ Canisius (18-13) 5:00 pm
Fairfield (19-15) @ Kent State (20-13) 5:00 pm
Green Bay (18-15) @ Bradley (16-16) 6:00 pm
South Alabama (17-12) @ Tulane (19-14) 6:00 pm
Chicago State (11-21) @ Illinois-Chicago (17-15) 6:00 pm
North Dakota (16-16) @ Northern Iowa (18-14) 6:00 pm
Oral Roberts (18-14) @ UT Arlington (19-13) 6:30 pm
Cal Poly (18-13) @ Weber State (26-6) 7:00 pm
High Point (17-13) @ UC Irvine (20-15) 8:30 pm
Air Force (17-13) @ Hawaii (17-14) 11:00 pm
‘CATS FALL IN BIG SKY TOURNAMENT TITLE GAME
Weber State suffered a heartbreaking 67-64 loss at Montana Saturday night in the championship game of the Big Sky Tournament. It was the third time in the last four years the ‘Cats lost in the championship game and the fourth straight year Montana has knocked WSU out of the tournament.
Weber State shot just 42 percent for the game and allowed the Grizzlies to shoot 49 percent. WSU outrebounded UM 33-25 but was 18-27 from the free throw line and committed 13 turnovers.
DAVION BERRY NAMED TO BIG SKY ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
WSU junior Davion Berry was named to the Big Sky All-Tournament Team. Berry averaged 16.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in the tournament. He tied his career-high with 25 points in Friday’s dramatic win over North Dakota.
Berry earned first team All-Big Sky honors this season and was also honored as the Big Sky Newcomer of the Year. He ranks fifth in the conference in scoring at 15.2 points per game. He averaged 15.8 points a game in Big Sky games. Berry is also fifth in assist to turnover ratio, seventh in assists and 10th in three-point field goal percentage. Berry has scored in double figures 24 times during the season and scored 20 or more 10 times. He led the Wildcats in scoring 15 times during the season.
BOLOMBOY FIRST WSU FRESHMAN TO EARN ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS
WSU freshman Joel Bolomboy also earned All-Tournament honors for his performance at the conference tournament. He became the first freshman in Weber State history to be named to the All-Tournament team.
The Fort Worth, Texas native averaged 11.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game, while shooting 70 percent from the field in the three tournament games. On the season Bolomboy is averaging 7.3 points per game and ranks third in the Big Sky in rebounding at 7.5 rebounds per game. He is also fourth in the conference in blocks at 1.9 per game. He now has 60 blocks on the season which ranks as the third most in a season in Weber State history. It is the most blocks in a season recorded by a Wildcat in 28 years.
SCOTT BAMFORTH MOVING UP RECORDS LISTS
Weber State senior Scott Bamforth added 12 points in the title game against Montana, the 25th time this season he has reached double figures, the most of any Wildcat.
The Albuquerque, N.M. native continues to move up the Weber State records lists. Bamforth moved past John Hamilton into 11th in career scoring in Weber State history, now with 1,250 career points. Bamforth also has 235 career three-pointers which ranks third in school history and ninth in Big Sky history. He needs 12 more three-pointers to pass Damian Lillard and become the school’s all-time leader. Bamforth’s 80 three-pointers this season is the fourth most in a season in WSU history.
Bamforth was named to the Big Sky All-Conference first team this season, earning All-Conference honors for the third time in his three years at Weber State. This season Bamforth ranks 12th in the Big Sky in scoring at 13.2 points per game, and averaged 13.9 per game in conference games. He leads the Big Sky in free throw percentage at 87.5 percent. He also ranks third in three-pointers per game and is fifth in the conference and ninth in the nation three-point field goal percentage.
‘CATS REACH 26 WINS FOR FOURTH TIME EVER
Weber State has won 26 games this season, the most wins under head coach Randy Rahe and the most by the Wildcats in 10 years. WSU has reached 26 wins for just the fourth time in school history. With one more victory Weber State would have 27 wins, which would be tied for the most wins in a season in school history.
With the loss to Montana Weber State saw its 13-game winning streak snapped. The streak was the fourth longest winning streak in school history.
HOME SWEET HOME
Weber State returns to the Dee Events Center where the Wildcats have won 11 straight games. WSU has also won 31 of the last 32 and 38 of the last 41 games at home and has an 18-game home winning streak in Big Sky games. Over the last three seasons the Wildcats are 41-3 at the Dee Events Center. In the seven seasons under Coach Randy Rahe the Wildcats are 89-12 in home games, including a 54-4 home record in Big Sky regular season games.
WILDCATS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
WSU ranks in the top five in the country in four categories. WSU is now second in the nation in field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage. WSU is also fourth in the country in three-point field goal percentage defense and ranks fifth in scoring margin.
ABOUT CAL POLY
Cal Poly is competing in a postseason tournament for the first time in its 19 years as a Division I school. The Mustangs enter Wednesday’s game with an 18-13 overall record. They finished third in the Big West Conference with a 12-6 record.
Cal Poly picked up a 70-68 win at then 11th-ranked UCLA on Nov. 25. However, they started the season at 9-11 but they then proceeded to win nine of their next 10 games before falling in the semifinals of the Big West Tournament to eventual tournament champion Pacific. The Mustangs are 4-11 on the road this season. The 18 wins is tied for the second most wins in 19 years at the Division I level.
The Mustangs have two common opponents with Weber State this season. Cal Poly defeated Big Sky member Northern Colorado 64-53 at home on Nov. 15. WSU swept the Bears in both games this season. Cal Poly split the series season with fellow Big West member UC Irvine, winning at home and losing on the road. The Wildcats defeated the Anteaters 65-51 in Ogden on Dec. 8.
This season Cal Poly is averaging 65.5 points per game and allowing 62.4 a game. They are shooting 42.8 percent from the field but allowing their opponents to shoot 45.6 percent. The Mustangs are third in the country in turnovers per game, averaging just 9.5 per game. They are also fifth in the nation in assist to turnover ratio at 1.5.
This season the Mustangs have been led by junior Chris Eversley who is averaging 15.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Eversley earned first team All-Big West honors this season. Senior Dylan Royer is averaging 10.1 points a game for Cal Poly.
HEAD COACH JOE CALLERO
The Mustangs are coached by Joe Callero who is in his fourth season as head coach at Cal Poly. Callero enters this week’s game with a 63-52 record in four seasons at Cal Poly and has a career record of 180-457 in 12 seasons as a head coach. Prior to becoming the head coach at Cal Poly, Callero spent eight seasons as head coach at Seattle University.
This is the first meeting ever between Cal Poly and Weber State. Cal Poly is a new member of the Big Sky Conference in football and the two teams have met nine times on the gridiron but have never played in basketball. Cal Poly is the only team in the Big West Conference that Weber State has never played and the ‘Cats are 34-22 all-time against current teams from the Big West.
Weber State lost for the first time when outrebounding its opponents in Saturday’s loss at Montana. The ‘Cats are now 25-1 when outrebounding its opponents and are 1-5 when trailing in rebounding. Weber State is also 24-2 when leading in field goal percentage and 22-4 when leading in three-point field goal percentage. WSU is also 19-2 when scoring 70 or more points in a game but is 7-4 when scoring less than 70.
Four of WSU’s six losses this season have been by five or fewer point and the ‘Cats are 5-4 in games decided by five points or less but are 17-0 in games decided by 11 or more points.
BIG SKY RANKINGS
The Wildcats lead the Big Sky in 11 statistical categories. WSU is first in scoring offense, scoring defense, scoring margin, field goal percentage, field goal percentage defense, three-point field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage defense, rebounding defense, rebounding margin, assists and defensive rebounds.
Individually, Davion Berry ranks fifth in the league in scoring at 15.2 per game with Scott Bamforth 12th at 13.2. Joel Bolomboy is third in rebounding at 7.5 and is fourth in blocks at 1.9 per game. Frank Otis leads the Big Sky in field goal percentage at .628. Bamforth leads in free throw percentage at 87.6 percent and Jordan Richardson is fourth in 3-point field goal percentage.
START ME UP
The Wildcats have used the same starting lineup in all but one game this season. Jordan Richardson, Scott Bamforth, Davion Berry and Frank Otis has all started in all 32 games this season, while Kyle Tresnak has started in 31 games. Tresnak missed the Dec. 29 game against Southwest with an ankle injury, the only game WSU has not used the same starting lineup.
ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON FOR THE WILDCATS
For the fifth time in the last seven years Weber State has won 20 or more wins. The Wildcats have now won 20 or more games in 26 of 51 seasons as a Division I school. WSU has had just eight losing seasons in 51 years of basketball.