Weber State's season took a couple of big hits two months ago with the loss of a key player for the season and injuries to several others. Scott Bamforth, the nation's No. 1 3-point shooter by percentage, was one of those hurt. He dislocated a shoulder, an injury that has never healed, despite a brace.
The team, however, regrouped behind its veterans to reel off eight consecutive BSC victories. Although Bamforth tweaked his shoulder again during Saturday's 79-70 quarterfinal win against Eastern Washington, his two 3-pointers late in the game, along with Kyle Bullinger's career-high 26 points, helped WSU overcame a 15-point deficit.
"Obviously, Montana is really good," Bamforth said. "We can't get down like that again against them."
Tuesday's game is all about matchups. Can Weber State contend with Montana's twin towers, 7-footers Brian Qvale and Derek Selvig? The Grizzlies also have one of the league's best point guards in Will Cherry.
"This is what we play and practice for, so there shouldn't be any doubt about what our focus is all about, and right now it is Montana on Tuesday," Rahe said.
Weber State vs. Montana
P At Butler-Hancock Sports Arena, Greeley, Colo.
Tipoff • 5:30 p.m.
TV • Altitude
Radio • 1430 AM
Records • WSU 18-11, 11-5, UM 20-9, 12-4
All-time series • WSU, 63-47
Last meeting • WSU, 71-67 (Jan. 15)
About the Wildcats • Scott Bamforth leads all D-I 3-point shooters at 53 percent (68-128). … Weber State won at least 10 conference games for the fifth consecutive season.
About the Grizzlies • Brian Qvale is the all-time shot blocker in Big Sky history (239). … Will Cherry averages 4.4 assists and 2.7 steals a game.