Weber State basketball: Wildcats ready for Shootout in Alaska

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 24 2010 10:00 p.m. MST

Weber State is spending its Thanksgiving holiday in sort of a basketball Christmas.

The Wildcats will play three games in three days at the Great Alaska Shootout. Weber opens the tournament against host team Alaska-Anchorage tonight at 9:30 p.m. MST.

The Wildcats will also play on Friday and Saturday against yet-to-be determined opponents. On Friday, Weber State will play either Arizona State or Houston Baptist. The Wildcats, Alaska-Anchorage, Arizona State and Houston Baptist are in the same bracket and the winners and losers of the two Thursday games will play each other on Friday.

Southern Utah is also in the Shootout and opened tourney play against Drake on Wednesday night.

Weber State is in the Shoot-out for just the second time in school history and the first time in 17 years. The field in the Shootout was loaded back in 1993, as the Wildcats opened with an upset win over North Carolina State. They then lost to a Purdue team led by Glenn Robinson, who went on to be the first overall pick in the 1994 NBA draft. Weber State took third in the Shootout after beating host Alaska-Anchorage that year.

The Wildcats head to Alaska with a 1-2 record. They beat a Division II team in Colorado Christian, while losing on the road to in-state opponents Utah State and Utah. They've been led by reigning Big Sky Player of the Year Damian Lillard, who is scoring an average of 27 points per game. Guard Lindsey Hughey is the only other Wildcat averaging double figures, as he's scoring 10 points per game.

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