Weber State found out who it was going to play at the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 16 -- and the news was not that welcoming.
The Wildcats may have won the battle on their home floor by capturing the Big Sky conference tournament title -- thus earning an automatic bid - but they haven’t even begun to fathom the war they’ll endure against mighty No. 1 seed Arizona later this week.
In this battle of Wildcats, No. 16 Weber State will be playing a 30-4 Arizona team that recently lambasted Utah 71-39 in the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament.
Weber State coach Randy Rahe gave the Ogden Standard-Examiner a tongue-in-cheek prediction.
"I guarantee one thing, the Wildcats are going to win," coach Randy Rahe said.
Nobody on God’s green Earth thinks Weber State stands a chance of defeating Arizona. But that’s why they call it March Madness. And at this tournament, anything can happen. Ask North Carolina.
This time around, however, Weber isn't led by Harold "The Show" Arceneaux; it's led by Big Sky Basketball Tournament MVP guard Davion Berry, forward Kyle Tresnak and guard Jordan Richardson.
The Wildcats have two opponents in common. Both teams played Northern Arizona. Weber plays NAU in its conference and split the season series with the Lumberjacks -- while Arizona annihilated its northern neighbors in a non-conference game, 77-44.
The two teams also played UCLA. Weber lost 83-60 earlier this season. Arizona lost to UCLA in the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 15.