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Introducing Cinderella: Meet the Weber State Wildcats

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Weber State’s Jeremy Senglin breaks through a pack of Northern Colorado players during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Ogden, Utah. Weber State defeated Northern Colorado 85-68. (Benjamin Zack/Standard-Examiner via AP)


Conference: Big Sky

Coach: Randy Rahe

Record: 26-8, 15-3

Ratings and Rankings

Kenpom: 133
RPI: 116
AP/USA Today: N/A

Seeding: Stephen F. Austin will likely find itself as a No. 14 or No. 15 seed.

Names you need to know: Junior guard Jeremy Senglin got buckets this season as he averaged 18.2 points per game on 49 percent shooting and 44 percent 3-point shooting. Senior center Joel Bolomboy was third in the country in rebounding at 12.8 per contest while he scored 17.6 points per game.

Stats you need to know: Weber State has won 10 of the last 11 games and they’re also a plus 3-point shooting team at 37.4 percent around Bolomboy.

Big wins, bad losses: Weber State didn’t play very tough competition this season. They split a non-conference pair of games with South Dakota State and lost to BYU.

How’d they get here?: The Wildcats opened with a quarterfinal win over Portland State, then got a semifinal win over North Dakota in overtime before winning the title in a tight win over Montana.

Outlook: With a potent scorer in Senglin and a rugged and experienced big man in Bolomboy, Weber State won’t be an easy team for a two or three seed, but someone else has to step up and be a major factor if they want a shot at winning.

How do I know you?: Weber State was in the NCAA tournament in 2014 and gave Arizona a solid game before being bounced in the first round. It’s also the school of Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard.