Last time they met, it was Utah State with the four-game losing streak. Now, the Aggies have a one-game win streak, and it's the Wildcats who've lost four straight including last Thursday's in Logan and Monday's game at Utah.
Having four straight losses does not bother Weber State Coach Denny Huston as much as might be expected. "No," he says. "We lost 15 last year; I don't remember what order they were in."He's not happy with the losses, of course, but there are circumstances of schedule that temper ill feelings. "It's too bad (in this stretch) we didn't have a game at home that we had a better chance of winning," Huston adds.
The Wildcats' last home game was against BYU, and that was the loss that started the current streak. The 'Cats then went to North Texas, USU and Utah.
And now they're home in the Dee Center tonight against the Aggies, who haven't played since their 77-62 Thursday-night win over the 'Cats. The game's at 7:30 p.m., televised by KXIV (channel 14).
Aggie Coach Kohn Smith scouted the 'Cats' 68-52 loss at Utah and came away impressed with Weber. "Weber looked pretty darned good and had a good chance to win and then went cold; they played good defense again," says Smith.
"We've got to play well," says Smith. "I'm sure they're anxious to get home."
Smith knows what the Wildcats are going through, as the Aggies' four losses also came with only one home game - BYU - and three road games - at BYU, Utah and Boise State.
Smith contends that the Aggies, who won last week's game because of an outstanding rebounding effort, will have to keep up that rebounding pace while continuing to improve on defense and shooting better than they did against the Wildcats last week.
He may start the three-guard lineup he first used against Weber - his tentative lineup lists guards Kendall Youngblood, Jay Goodman and Allen Gordon along with forwards Randy Funk and Rich Jardine.
Weber will start Mike Pomeroy in Anthony McGowan's center position - McGowan's out with a pinched nerve - but Huston moved David Baldwin there during the Utah game and says he'll likely do that again, with Al Hamilton moving into the main, if not starting, group.
Baldwin, says Huston, is a good month ahead of most junior-college transfers in picking up a Division I college game, something he proved Monday against Utah. The Utes spent their defense stopping senior Aaron Bell, and Baldwin took advantage for 14 points and 10 rebounds.
"I don't think they had anticipated David being as good as he is. I didn't either," Huston admitted, noting Baldwin's more intelligent and reads defenses better than most JC players.
Baldwin could be a key Wednesday night. "We have to do a much better job of rebounding," Huston says.
Huston also figures Utah State "beat us with the dribble; we have to take that away," and he's talking about forward Jardine and third guard/small forward Kendall Youngblood, not just the ballhandling guardline.
Following this game, Weber and Utah State each take off for games in the Bay Area, Weber at St. Mary's on Saturday and USU at the four-team Met Life Classic Friday and Saturday.