After nearly a week's rest, Weber State returns to Big Sky Conference action to host the University of Nevada Wolf Pack tonight in the Dee Events Center. The game will be televised live on KXIV Channel 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Coach Len Stevens is in his fourth season at Nevada, where he has compiled an overall mark of 55-47 with the 'Pack, and is 31-22 in Big Sky games. Stevens is 3-6 vs. Weber State during his tenure. Before coming to Nevada, Stevens spent four seasons as head coach at Washington State University.Nevada is 9-9 overall, and 4-1 in Big Sky Conference play, tied with Montana, Montana State and Idaho atop the league standings. Nevada's 4-1 start in league action equals its best previous starts in 1983 and 1989. Nevada has won seven of its last eight games, after a 0-5 start to the season.
Ric Herrin (6-10, 250 Soph. Center) was named the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week for his two-game performances vs. Montana State and Montana last week. Herrin had 27 points/11 rebounds vs. Montana State and a career high 31 points and added 11 rebounds vs. Montana. The 31-point effort is the best single game output by an individual in the Big Sky Conference this season. He was 26-43 from the field (.610) in the two games.
Probable starters for the Wolf Pack are Matt Williams (6-3, forward), Jerry Hogan (6-6, forward), Kevin Soares (6-1, guard), Bryan Thomasson (6-3, guard) and Herrin.
The Wildcats are now 6-7 overall, 1-1 in Big Sky Conference action. The 78-74 loss at home to Idaho last Saturday evening, snapped a four-game Wildcat win streak.
Weber's starting lineup of Aaron Bell, David Baldwin, Chris Metke, Jason Joe and Tony Nicholas will likely remain intact.
Jimmy DeGraffenried's string of 23 straight made free throws, came to a grinding halt vs. Idaho. He missed his first attempt of the evening. DeGraffenried's play off the bench in last five games has been excellent. He is averaging 11.8 points in those contests and is 24-25 (.960) from the free throw line as well. He was Weber State's Big Sky Conference Player of the Week nominee for his play vs. Eastern Washington and Idaho.