OGDEN — After dropping their first three games of the season, the Weber State Wildcats look to pick up their first win when they return home to take on San Jose State Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. inside Dee Events Center.
After just three games, the ‘Cats have played one of the hardest schedules in the nation. Two of Weber State’s opponents, Utah State and BYU, are ranked in the top 31 in the Sagarin ratings.
The Wildcats (0-3) are coming off a heartbreaking 77-71 loss to in-state rival Utah State, while the Spartans (2-5) are coming off a road loss to Portland.
The purple and white will need big games from the team's big three — seniors Davion Berry (18.7 ppg), Kyle Tresnak (14.3 ppg) and Jordan Richardson (5.3 ppg) — while junior forward Jaleel Williams, who paces San Jose State with 13 points per game, will spark the Spartans.
Berry’s 18.7 points per game currently leads WSU and is third best in the Big Sky. Last season, Berry led the Wildcats in scoring, assists, steals and assist-to-turnover ratio.
San Jose State holds a 3-2 all-time series lead over Weber State, and the two teams have met in each of the past three seasons. The Spartans knocked off the ‘Cats 68-67 in overtime in San Jose last year.
In the last meeting between the two teams in Ogden, Weber State outlasted the Spartans 91-89 in a double-overtime thriller.
Despite the home loss to Utah State Tuesday night, the Wildcats have traditionally had tremendous success at home, especially in recent years. Just a year ago, the ‘Cats set a new school record with 17 home wins, finishing the year 17-2 overall at the Dee Events Center. In eight seasons under head coach Randy Rahe, the Wildcats are 92-14 in home games and 54-4 at home against Big Sky opponents.
This is just the third time in school history that WSU has started the season 0-3. The Wildcats have never started a season 0-4, and will look to keep that streak alive by beating the Spartans.
Ryan Love is a full-time student at the University of Utah studying communications, and has been a part-time sports reporter and scoreboarder for the Deseret News since Oct. 2012.
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