Coming off one of their biggest wins in several years, the Weber State basketball team will try to hang onto a share of first place in the Big Sky when the Wildcats meet Idaho tonight.
Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Dee Events Center.Weber handed Boise a 60-59 defeat on Thursday - the Broncos' first league loss. That victory moved the Wildcats, 4-1 in the Big Sky and 11-3 overall, into a three-way tie for first in the league.
Idaho made that a four-way tie Friday night when the Vandals beat Idaho State 67-52. Idaho is also 4-1 in the league and is 14-3 overall.
Like the Wildcats, the Vandals have a first-year coach on the bench. But unlike Weber's Denny Huston, Idaho's Kermit Davis is 28 years old - the youngest Division I coach in the nation. He was an assistant to Tim Floyd the past two seasons in Moscow.
The Vandals are led by 6-8 junior forward/center Riley Smith, who's averaging 13.6 points per game on 65 percent shooting from the field and 5.4 rebounds. He's been coming on strong lately, averaging 20 points in Idaho's last four games, including 18 against Idaho State on Friday.
The Vandals haven't been allowing their opponents much success from the floor, holding them to just 41.8 percent accuracy on field goal attempts. Last week Idaho handed Nevada-Reno its only league loss, holding the Wolfpack 27 points below their average in a 100-69 victory.
That's the same Nevada-Reno team that handed Weber its only league loss this season.