Wildcats to take on Cal Poly in tournament

The Weber State University men’s basketball season will continue on Wednesday night when it hosts California Polytechnic State University.

WSU’s Frank Otis tweeted after the announcement was made, saying he was excited for the chance to continue playing in his final season for the Wildcats.

“We have another home game at Weber on Wednesday vs. Cal poly,” Otis tweeted. “Thank God I get to play another game with my brothers in a Weber uniform.”

This will be the opening game in the Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament. The tournament will see 32 teams across the country. This is the fifth-straight year WSU has played in a postseason tournament and the second-straight year it has participated in the Collegeinsider.com tournament.

WSU finished the season with a 26-6 record overall and an 18-2 record in the Big Sky Conference. The 26 wins is tied for the second-most wins in WSU history, and is the most wins of any team participating in the Collegeinsider.com tournament.

WSU saw its 13-game winning streak snapped with a 67-64 loss to the University of Montana in the Big Sky Tournament title game on Saturday night in Missoula, Mont.

Cal Poly is entering the tournament with an 18-13 overall record, and finished third in the Big West Conference with a mark of 12-6. It started the season 9-11 before winning nine of its next 10 games. It lost 55-53 to the University of the Pacific in the semifinals of the Big West Tournament on Friday, and UP went on to win the tournament title.

The Cal Poly Mustangs are coached by Joe Callero, who is in his fourth season at Cal Poly. They are led by junior Chris Eversley, who is averaging 15.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Eversley earned first-team All-Big West honors this season. Senior Dylan Royer is averaging 10.1 points a game for Cal Poly.

This will be the first meeting ever between the two schools. Cal Poly competes in the Big West in all sports except football, for which it is a new member of the Big Sky.

Rahe said that, despite losing in the Big Sky Championship, he is still happy with the season the team had and is looking forward to the CollegeInsider.com tournament.

“I don’t want it to take anything away from these kids,” Rahe said. “We had a lot of things we had to change after losing a guy like Damian Lillard and a couple of key seniors. We started from scratch in a lot of areas.”

Following the Big Sky Tournament, Davion Berry and Joel Bolomboy were both named to the All-Tournament team. Bolomboy becomes the first WSU freshman to earn conference tournament honors.

Also following the tournament, Scott Bamforth moved up to second place on WSU’s all-time 3-point list. He is currently 12 3-pointers behind Lillard.

The first-round games will be March 18-19, second-round games March 22-24, quarterfinals March 26-27, semifinals March 29-30 and the championship game on April 2. The championship game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network. The tournament is not bracketed, and future-round matchups are determined by the results of the previous rounds, maintaining regional matchups.

Wednesday’s game will begin at 7 p.m. at the Dee Events Center and will be broadcast live on 106.9 FM “The Zone,” with Carl Arky and Dutch Belnap calling the game. The game will also be streamed online for free at www.watchcollegeinsider.com.