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Wildcats take on nationally ranked UCLA Sunday
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Davion Berry and the Wildcats will take on UCLA Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles.
Courtesy: Weber State
Davion Berry and the Wildcats will take on UCLA Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles.

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Game #7 - Weber State (2-4) at #22 UCLA (9-2)
Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 • 4:00 p.m. (PST)
Los Angeles, Calif. • Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
TV: Pac-12 Network
Radio: KLO 1430 AM/103.1 FM
Live audio: WeberStateSports.com
Live stats: uclabruins.com
Twitter: @weberstate, @weberstatembb
Series: UCLA leads 2-0
Streak: UCLA 2 wins
In LA: first meeting
Last Meeting: 03/15/07 - Sacramento - UCLA 70, WSU 42

 

TIPOFF
• Weber State heads to Los Angeles to take on nationally ranked UCLA Sunday.
• The Wildcats are 2-4 on the season and coming off a 71-point win over Saint Katherine College on Tuesday, the largest margin of victory in school history.
• The ‘Cats have just two non-conference games remaining before Big Sky play.
• UCLA is 9-2 on the season and is ranked 22nd in the nation in this weeks coaches poll. The Bruins are coming off an 80-63 loss to #8 Duke Thursday in New York.
• Sunday’s game will be the first for the Wildcats against a nationally ranked team in three years.
• This will be just the third meeting ever between the two schools and the first time they have played outside of an NCAA Tournament.

MEDIA INFORMATION
Sunday’s game with the Bruins will begin at 4 p.m. Pacific time (5:00 MST) from historic Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. The game will be broadcast live on KLO 1430 AM and 103.1 FM with Carl Arky and Dutch Belnap calling all the action. It can also be heard online at kloradio.com and WeberStateSports.com.
The game will also be televised nationally on the Pac-12 Network with Rich Waltz and Don MacLean calling the action. The Pac-12 Network is available in Utah on Comcast Channel 37 and on Dish Network Channel 413. The network is NOT available on DirecTV. Live stats will be available at uclabruins.com.

WSU TAKES ON NATIONALLY RANKED BRUINS
Sunday’s game with #22 UCLA will be Weber State’s first game against a nationally ranked team in three years. The ‘Cats last played a ranked team on Dec. 21, 2010 when they lost 72-66 to BYU in Ogden behind National Player of the Year Jimmer Fredette who had 28 points. The Cougars were ranked 23rd in the nation that week.
Weber State’s last victory over a nationally ranked team came on Dec. 9, 2000 when the Wildcats won 79-77 at #22 Utah, behind 27 points from Jermaine Boyette.

‘CATS SET RECORD IN WIN OVER SAINT KATHERINE
Weber State never trailed and had six players in double figures in route to a dominating 107-36 win over Saint Katherine College Tuesday night at the Dee Events Center. The 71-point win is the largest margin of victory in school history.
WSU jumped out to an early 16-0 lead in the first six minutes of the game and it was all Wildcats the rest of the way as the ‘Cats led by as many as 28 in the first half. St. Katherine shot just 18 percent from the field in the half.
The Wildcats stretched the lead to 50 points early in the second half and led by as many as 74 points in route to the win. WSU shot 71 percent from the field in the second half.
For the game Weber State shot 56 percent from the field and held Saint Katherine to 20 percent shooting. The ‘Cats also outrebounded the Firebirds 59-29 and WSU had 23 assists and just eight turnovers.

REBOUNDING IMPROVES
For the first time this season the Wildcats outrebounded an opponent as WSU recorded 59 rebounds, compared to just 29 for Saint Katherine. The 59 rebounds is the most by any team in the Big Sky this season. However, the Wildcats were outrebounded by an average of -5.6 per game in the five Division I games.
Currently the ‘Cats rank second in the Big Sky in rebounding at 37.8 per game and are sixth in rebounding margin. Under head coach Randy Rahe the Wildcats are 110-19 when outrebounding their opponents.

‘CATS RECORD 23 ASSISTS
Weber State recorded a season-high 23 assists in Tuesday’s win, the most assists in a game since recording 28 in the season opener against Arizona Christian last year. Through six games WSU is now sixth in the conference in assists at 13.0 per game. Weber State also leads the Big Sky in assist to turnover ratio at 1.3. The ‘Cats are averaging 9.8 turnovers per game, fewest in the Big Sky.

BLOCK PARTY
Weber State continues to lead the Big Sky in blocked shots, averaging 4.3 per game through the first six games. WSU senior Kyle Tresnak is second in the Big Sky in blocks at 1.5 per game. Kyndahl Hill is seventh and Joel Bolomboy is eighth.

JEREMY SENGLIN LEADS WILDCATS WITH CAREER-HIGH 23
WSU true freshman Jeremy Senglin led the Wildcats with a career-high 23 points in Tuesday’s win. Senglin was 6-9 from the field, including 3-6 from three-point range, and shot 8-9 from the free throw line. He also added three assists and two rebounds in the win.
After six games this season the Arlington, Texas native is second on the Wildcat squad in scoring at 12.7 points per game. He has scored in double figures in four of six games. He is also leading the team and is 11th in the Big Sky in three-point field goal percentage at 40.9 percent.

DAVION BERRY LEADING WILDCATS
Weber State senior Davion Berry had 16 points and had season-highs in rebounds, assists and steals in Tuesday’s win. He had eight assists, six rebounds and three steals in the victory.
Berry, a native of Oakland, Calif., is now averaging 18.7 points per game to lead the Wildcats and rank third in the Big Sky. He has scored 20 or more points in four of the six games this season. He has scored in double figures in 33 of his 43 career games at Weber State.
He is also leading the Wildcats in assists, steals, three-pointers and free throw percentage. Berry earned first team All-District and All-Conference honors last year and was named the Big Sky Newcomer of the Year.

KYLE TRESNAK ADDS 17 FOR WILDCATS
WSU senior center Kyle Tresnak bounced back with 17 points in Tuesday’s win. Tresnak was 6-8 from the field and a perfect 5-5 from the free throw line in the victory. He also had a season-high nine rebounds and added two blocks.
After six games Tresnak is averaging 11.5 points per game, third best on the Wildcat squad. He opened the season with a career-high 24 points at BYU. Tresnak is also averaging 5.8 rebounds per game and shooting 51.9 percent from the field. He ranks second in the Big Sky in blocks at 1.5 per game.
The Scottsdale, Ariz., native has played in 106 career games in his four years at Weber State. He had 927 points and needs 73 more to become the 28th Wildcat with 1,000 career points.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR JOSH FULLER
New Wildcat Josh Fuller had a double-double Tuesday in just his second career game at Weber State. The Rexburg, Idaho native finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 3-4 from the field. Fuller sat out the 2010-11 season at the University of Utah then left for a two year LDS Church mission to Chile and returned in April. He is now averaging 6.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in two games with the Wildcats.

COACHING STAFF
Weber State head coach Randy Rahe is in his eighth season as head coach of the Wildcats. In eight years he has led WSU to three Big Sky Championships and six post-season tournament appearances. He has also been named Big Sky Coach of the Year three times and has coached four Big Sky MVP’s, including All-American Damian Lillard, the 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Rahe has a career record of 152-79 (.659) overall at Weber State and is 92-24 (.793) in Big Sky Conference games. He has led the Wildcats to 20 or more wins in five of seven seasons with the team and has won 25 or more games in each of the past two seasons, including a Big Sky record 30 wins in 2012-13. He is currently fifth in Big Sky history for career conference coaching wins and needs just three more wins to move into fourth place.
Returning with Rahe on the coaching staff are Associate Head Coach Eric Duft, and assistant coach Phil Beckner. New to the staff this season is assistant coach Kellen McCoy. McCoy is a former standout player at Weber State and was named the 2009 Big Sky MVP.
Garrett Lever was elevated as the Director of Basketball Operations after spending last season as video coordinator.

INJURY REPORT
Weber State junior center James Hajek suffered a dislocated knee during summer practice. He is expected to return within the next two weeks.
Sophomore forward Joel Bolomboy missed Tuesday’s game with an ankle sprain, the first game he has missed in his career. Bolomboy is expected to play Sunday at UCLA.

ABOUT UCLA
The UCLA Bruins are 9-2 on the season and ranked 22nd in the latest USA Today Coaches poll. They are coming off an 80-63 loss to #8 Duke Thursday night in New York City. UCLA opened the season 8-0, including an 86-50 win over Big Sky member Sacramento State. Since then they have lost two of their last three games, falling 80-71 at Missouri and to Duke on Thursday. UCLA is 7-0 at home this season.
The Bruins rank near the top in the country in several categories. They are second in field goal percentage at 52.9 percent. They also rank second in steals (11.2) and fifth in assists (18.3). UCLA is 11th in the country in scoring at 86.7 points per game. The 63 points scored against Duke was a season low and they have scored more than 80 points in eight of the 11 games.
Individually, sophomore Jordan Adams is leading the team and 34th in the nation in scoring at 20.2 points per game. Adams ranks third in the country in steals at 3.4 per game.
Sophomore Kyle Anderson is 10th in the nation in assists at 6.7 per game. Anderson has had five double doubles this season, including 15 points and 10 rebounds against Duke, to go along with seven assists. He also recorded a triple-double against Moorehead State in November, one of six players in the nation with a triple-double this season. He is nearly averaging a triple-double at 13.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game.
The Bruins were picked second in the Pac-12 preseason media poll, finishing behind Arizona, who currently is ranked first in the country. UCLA finished 25-10 last season and won the Pac-12 regular season title at 13-5.

HEAD COACH STEVE ALFORD
The Bruins are coached by Steve Alford who is in his first season at UCLA after spending the last six years as head coach at New Mexico. Alford has a career record of 472-236 in his 23 years as a head coach. He also spent time as head coach at Manchester, Southwest Missouri State and Iowa.
Alford, a standout player at Indiana, led the Hoosiers to the 1987 NCAA Championships. He went on to play four seasons in the NBA. He is 1-0 against Weber State after beating the Wildcats 62-32 in 2007 at New Mexico.

SERIES HISTORY
This will be just the third meeting ever between Weber State and UCLA. Each of the two previous meetings have been in the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins hold a 2-0 all-time series lead. UCLA beat the Wildcats 90-58 in March 1972 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Provo, Utah. Weber State beat Hawaii in the first round before losing to the Bruins. In that game Henry Bibby led UCLA with 16 points and Larry Farmer, a future UCLA and Weber State head coach, scored 15 points. Sophomore Bill Walton, the National Player of the Year, had just four points but did grab 12 rebounds for the Bruins. Bob Davis led the Wildcats with 16 points. Legendary coach John Wooden’s UCLA team went on to finish 30-0 and win the national title.

LAST MEETING - 03/16/07 - SACRAMENTO - UCLA 70, WSU 42
The only other meeting between the two teams came in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2007 in Sacramento, the first season for Randy Rahe as head coach of the Wildcats. UCLA beat the Wildcats 70-42 in that game and went on to play in the Final Four under Ben Howland, a former Wildcat player. Aaron Afflalo scored 22 points to lead UCLA and Darren Collison added 14. The Wildcats were led by Dezmon Harris with 10 points. David Patten had nine and Dan Henry and Juan Pablo Silveira added seven. Weber State finished the 2006-07 season 20-12 and won the Big Sky title.

WEBER STATE AND UCLA TIES
Despite playing just two times over the years, Weber State has two coaching connections with UCLA. Two former UCLA head coaches also have strong ties to Weber State. Larry Farmer, a former standout player at UCLA under John Wooden, became the head coach for the Bruins for three years from 1981-84, replacing Larry Brown. Farmer finished 61-23 overall in three years with the Bruins. After UCLA he went on to coach for three seasons as the head coach at Weber State from 1985-88. He finished 34-54 overall and 17-27 in Big Sky play in his three seasons with the Wildcats. Farmer is currently an assistant coach at Western Michigan.
Another former UCLA head coach is an alum of Weber State. Ben Howland, who coached the Bruins for 10 seasons from 2003-13, was a former Wildcat basketball player. Howland played two seasons at Weber State from 1977-79. He played in 62 career games, averaged 9 points and 3 assists per game, and was part of two Wildcat teams that won the Big Sky and advanced to the NCAA Tournament under head coach Neil McCarthy.
Howland spent five years as head coach at Big Sky school Northern Arizona, then four at Pittsburgh. In 10 seasons at UCLA he posted a 233-107 overall record and guided the Bruins to four conference titles and three trips to the Final Four.

A LOOK BACK ON WSU’S RECORD-SETTING 2012-13 SEASON
For the fifth time in the last seven years Weber State won 20 or more wins in a season last year, as WSU posted a record setting 30-7 record. 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.
The Wildcats set a school and conference record with the 30 wins. They advanced to the championship game of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament. WSU finished second in the Big Sky, posting an 18-2 record in league play, and advanced to the Big Sky Championship game for the third time in the last four years. WSU has won 10 or more conference games for seven straight seasons.
Weber State finished the season first in the country in field goal percentage and first in three-point field goal percentage. The ‘Cats were also second in the nation in three-point field goal percentage defense and finished the top 10 in the nation in six statistical categories.

LOOKING AHEAD
After Sunday’s game the Wildcats will be off until Saturday, Dec. 28 when they host Northern New Mexico in the final non-conference game of the season. After Sunday’s game at UCLA, the Wildcats will play seven of the next nine games at home. WSU will begin the 20-game Big Sky season on Jan. 2, 2014 at home against Eastern Washington.


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