Weber State hosts Southern Utah Saturday

Jan 17 2014 - 11:02pm

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OGDEN -- The Thunderbirds have yet to cause much of a rumble this season.

Southern Utah (1-13, 0-5 Big Sky) hasn't defeated a Division I opponent. Weber State (6-6, 3-1) doesn't intend to be the first.

The Wildcats and T-birds tangle Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Dee Events Center.

WSU has won seven straight against its in-state rivals. The Thunderbirds were picked last in the Big Sky preseason polls, Weber State was predicted to be first.

The 'Cats lead the Big Sky in field goal percentage defense, but the Bad News 'Birds are last in the nation in scoring offense (53.6 points per game) and field goal shooting (35.4 percent).

Southern Utah has been outscored in its five Big Sky Conference contests by an average margin of 23.4 ppg.

"It's more their inexperience than anything," Weber State coach Randy Rahe said. "(Second-year SUU coach Nick Robinson) has got a lot of new guys. He's trying to figure out the chemistry between them, the combinations between them and when you've got as many new guys as he does, it takes a long time to do that."

With five true freshmen, SUU is one of the least-experienced teams in the NCAA.

"That's the biggest thing," Rahe said. "They play really hard, really tough and they're really well coached. ... They're going to win some games. You can see it starting to come."

SUU has one player averaging double figures, freshman point guard Trey Kennedy, who has started every game except the last one, a 60-45 loss at Idaho State.

The Thunderbirds haven't won on the road yet, while Weber State has won 20 consecutive conference home games.

Senior center Kyle Tresnak needs six points to become the 28th Wildcat to reach the 1,000-point milestone.

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