Is this heaven?
No, it's Northern Iowa.
And while the CollegeInsider.com Tournament isn't really the field of dreams for most college basketball teams in March, it's the tournament field that Weber State finds itself in right now.
Now that the Wildcats are one of the last four standing out of the 32 teams that started in the CIT, they want to go the distance.
WSU has already constructed a record-breaking season to reach the semifinals; if it can build one more win tonight against Northern Iowa, the CIT championship game is coming to Ogden.
The Wildcats (29-6) and Panthers (21-14) tip off at 6 p.m. at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Northern Iowa finished third in the Missouri Valley Conference, one spot behind Wichita State, which earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and has advanced to the Elite Eight.
The Panthers beat the Shockers at home at McCleod Center this season, as well as Saint Mary's and MVC champ Creighton, all three of whom were ranked in the Top 25.
"I know their program," Weber State coach Randy Rahe said. "I know (UNI coach) Ben Jacobsen fairly well. I've got unbelievable respect for him. He's one of the good guys in the business, does it the right way, his teams play extremely hard, very tough. They're kind of a resemblance of him as a coach, who he is, and they win a whole bunch of games on their court."
"It's a highly reputable program and they've been very successful in the Missouri Valley, which we all know is a great conference," Rahe said.
Rahe played basketball and baseball at Buena Vista College in Iowa before going into coaching and is a native of Bancroft, Iowa, approximately 145 miles northwest of Cedar Falls.
"I've only been to Cedar Falls one time in my entire life. My dad didn't let me get off the farm much," he joked. "We didn't get out a lot when I was growing up."
With the regular season and Big Sky Tournament in the rear view mirror, the Wildcats are getting out a little in the postseason, seeing new faces and now, a new place.
After playing the first three rounds at the Dee Events Center, WSU is on the road for the first time in the CIT and grateful to still be playing basketball after most teams are done.
"It's kind of fun. It's refreshing," Rahe says of postseason play. After facing the same Big Sky teams and the usual in-state foes every year, "It's fun to go play different teams from different leagues. Getting the chance to go play at Oral Roberts earlier was a good experience for us, a highly successful program. We get to play Cal Poly, I used to play them when I was (an assistant) at Utah State but we hadn't played them forever. We get to play Air Force ... I shouldn't say get to play, that's like pulling teeth on that deal, but it's a good experience for the kids. You see different styles, you see different talents, different coaching. And now these guys get to travel to another part of the country ... I'm not sure Iowa was one of the things on their bucket list that they had to go see, but it's a good experience for us."
WSU junior center Kyle Tresnak has his own tie to Northern Iowa.
"That's actually my dad's alma mater," he said, "so there's a little bit of extra excitement there.
"We're just excited, pumped up and ready to play, to make sure we get (seniors) Scott (Bamforth) and (Frank) "Mook" (Otis) back (to the Dee Events Center) for the championship game."
The winner will host the CollegeInsider.com Tournament title game next Tuesday, televised by CBS Sports.
"That'd be fun, wouldn't it? It'd be cool," Rahe said. "If we win one more, we get to play at home in a championship game. It'd be great."
Is this CIT heaven?
"Iowa is heaven," Rahe says. "It's a great place."
Especially if it's where the Wildcats go to bring a championship game back to Ogden.