OGDEN — Weber State hopes to be the "thumper" instead of the "thumpee" Monday night.
The Wildcats, still smarting from a 20-point thumping at the University of California on Friday night, return home to host Mayville State University, an unheralded NAIA Division II opponent which is coming off a 42-point drubbing of its own, this evening at the Dee Events Center.
And where in the world, you might rightfully ask, is Mayville State located? Why, it's in Mayville, N.D., of course. The small school, with a total enrollment of less than 1,000 students, prides itself on being the nation's first university to become a Tablet PC campus. Every student and faculty member on campus uses a Tablet PC.
As for the Mayville State Comets' basketball team, well, they're currently 7-7 on the season after suffering a lopsided 92-50 loss on Saturday at North Dakota State. The Comets, as allowed by NAIA rules, have declared that game an exhibition, along with Monday night's game against the Wildcats.
Gus Kueber is the Comets' leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 17.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Eric Shulstad adds 14.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game and is shooting almost 50 percent (35-of-71) from 3-point range.
Weber State, meanwhile, will try to bounce back after getting clobbered 77-57 Friday by Cal on the West Coast. The Bears held WSU junior guard Damian Lillard,, the nation's leading scorer, to a season-low 14 points.
Lillard, who was just 4-of-17 from the field, saw his season scoring average drop to 25.4 points per game with that sub-par performance.
Monday night's contest marks the opener of a four-game home stand from now through the end of the year for Weber State, which hosts instate foe University of Utah on Thursday.
Wildcats on the air
Mayville State (7-7) at Weber State (6-3)
Monday, 7 p.m.
Dee Events Center, Ogden
Radio: 1280 AM