Some teams just have others teams numbers. To bad, I really like Weber and I
love the way Damon plays. I hope they get an invite to the NIT.
I love Weber State Basketball. I love going to the Dee Events Center and
watching them every year and cheering my guts out for them. With that said,
this is four straight years that they have laid an egg in the post-season
tournament. With high hopes of making a run at the NCAA tournament they can't
deliver. Three straight seasons they have had their hopes dashed by Montana.
What makes this even a more bitter pill to swallow is that in all 3 Montana
losses in the tournament Weber had the lead at halftime. Two years ago they had
a 20 point lead at the half only to watch Montana come out and blitz them in the
second half to win the championship. Last year in the semi-finals I believe
Weber had a 10 point lead to these guys only to lose by 15 or so. This year
they have a 5 point lead and then up losing by 19!!. They were out-scored in
the 2nd half 54-30! Each year Montana has outscored them by 20+ in the 2nd half
to win. Twice this has been for the right to go to the big dance! Play big in
the biggest moments! Very disappointing.
No adjustments were made from a week ago. They still just passed around the
perimeter and hucked up threes. I was hoping they would play a quick transition
game after Montana missed shots and put a press on Montana after misses. They
are clearly outmatched on the inside game, but I would rather give up the points
there than give up open three pointers. It's tough to see such a talented team
go down, but they had a history of fading down the stretch in close games
against big teams (Montana and St. Marys), and they can't play teams with tall
inside players (BYU). Still very entertaining to watch them go 15-0
at home, beat USU and Utah, and have a future NBA player play a team concept. I
think both teams are tournament teams, but "experts" like Joe Lunardi
who haven't seen one Big Sky game in his life have this penciled for a one-bid
conference. Here's hoping they get an NIT bid. GO WILDCATS!