What a year we have enjoyed as fans of Weber State basketball. Recently we celebrated the 50th anniversary of men's basketball at the Division I level. The celebration culminated with a weekend trip down memory lane as former players and coaches returned to campus in celebration of the rich basketball history at Weber State.
It was thrilling for those in attendance to hear the stories and experiences of the likes of Dick Motta, Phil Jonson, Ron Abegglen and others talk with pride of their time in Ogden.
One common thread through the years has been the success of the program, which has been sustained for the past 50 years and beyond.
This year has been no different. For the fifth-straight year, our team is playing in the post-season. We are the only Big Sky team still playing basketball. The Wildcats have won 12 straight home games and 32 of our last 33 games at the Dee Events Center.
This year, Weber State has been one of the best shooting teams in the country and led the nation in field goal shooting and three-point shooting. Right now the Wildcats rank in the top five in the nation in four statistical categories. Senior Scott Bamforth is one of the top shooters in the country and is chasing Damian Lillard as the top three-point shooter in school history.
I'm proud to be associated with such fine young people. Our coaches are dedicated to bringing student-athletes to campus that not only represent the values of Weber State University, but our community. You have heard much recently about an initiative to create the college town experience in Ogden.
Many have wondered exactly how that will be accomplished. As coaches and staff of the athletics program, we understand and take seriously our responsibility to represent our community in a positive light wherever we may be. I assure you as stakeholders in our program that our players, coaches and staff are committed to earning your support.
After going 18-2 in conference play, all of us who faithfully and passionately follow the program felt the sting of disappointment as we came up short in our goal to play in the NCAA Tournament. When we did not receive a bid to compete in the NIT, we gladly accepted an invite to compete in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
Our objective is to attempt to host as many games as the officials with the CIT will allow but attendance totals will determine our ultimate chance to hold more games at the Dee Events Center.
On Wednesday evening, the Wildcats hosted a talented Cal Poly team who earlier this year defeated Pac-12 champion UCLA. Our players played an outstanding game and soundly defeated the Mustangs.
Tonight, the Wildcats will attempt to do something that has never been done in the history of men's basketball at Weber State. A win against the Falcons of the Air Force Academy would set a new Weber State and Big Sky Conference record for wins in a season at 28.
I invite you to come out tonight and enjoy an evening at the Dee Center as we welcome Air Force for a rare trip to Ogden. Good seats are still available and for about the price of a movie so join us help cheer on the Wildcats to a new school record!
Bovee is Weber State University's athletic director.