Wildcat watercooler: Never feed a gremlin after midnight

Published: Tuesday, March 26 2013 9:48 a.m. MDT

OGDEN – In the 1984 movie "Gremlins," three rules are crucial to the upkeep of a pet Mogwai. First, keep it out of the light — especially the sunlight. It could kill it. Second, don’t give it anything to drink — it multiplies. Last and most important, never feed the original Furby after midnight. No matter how much it begs. No matter how much it cries. Never after midnight.

Luckily, Weber State’s Kyle Tresnak doesn’t abide by the same rules. Not because the shop where Gizmo was purchased failed to specify what time frame “after midnight” falls into — it’s always after midnight — or because the junior has absolutely nothing in common with a fictional creature from the 1980s. Rather, it's because Tresnak has an appetite in the post.

And when the Wildcats feed the beast, it usually turns out favorable.

Tresnak, fresh off a 21-point performance in the win over Air Force, must be a focal point in the offense against Oral Roberts on Wednesday.

The Golden Eagles are led by Warren Niles (19.2 ppg), Damen Bell-Holter (15.6 ppg) and former Utah guard Shawn Glover (14.2 ppg). Although Bell-Holter is a forward/center, the 6-9 senior plays like a guard — typically venturing out to the perimeter and using speed to get the rim against slower defenders.

Oral Roberts is lacking post presence. Therefore, it’s easy to understand why Tresnak was so effective in the first meeting in Tulsa, Okla., scoring 20 points while shooting 10 of 18 from the field. It’s critical that he delivers the same type of effort at home if WSU wants an opportunity at hosting another CollegeInsider.com Tournament game in Ogden.

How much emphasis will Weber State place on Tresnak against the Golden Eagles? Will the game be decided in the paint? Use the hashtag “#WeAreWeber” on Twitter to voice your thoughts.

Twitter reactions from previous Wildcat Watercooler:

@TysonJex: I think the CIT means something to the players and coaches. They could be one of three teams to finish the season on a win. #WeAreWeber

@WeberHoops: CIT is important to WSU. Players want to play in any postseason possible. Why not try and go all the way if you can? #WeAreWeber

Note: The Wildcat Watercooler is a blog that gushes more purple than Ivan Ooze. Share ideas to tphibbs@deseretnews.com and on Twitter @tphibbsami.

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