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Weber State has its chances for at-large bid

Posted on: November 16, 2011 3:00 pm
By Jeff Goodman

Randy Rahe's Weber State squad quietly got a victory last night against Utah State.

The Wildcats will likely have three more shots - against Saint Mary's at the Gaels' tournament, at BYU and at Cal - to make their way into the equation as potential mid-major at-large candidates come March.

Rahe realizes its unlikely, especially with the history of the Big Sky getting at-large teams into the field.

"You never know," Rahe said. "It puts you in position to be talked about - which is all you can hope for. Our league doesn't get at-large bids, but never say never."

Rahe has a couple of big-time players in Damian Lillard and Scott Bamforth.

The 6-foot-2 Lillard, who has been compared to Jason Terry and Rodney Stuckey, is a combo guard who is on the radar of NBA scouts - and Bamforth (he's 12-of-14 from deep) may be as good a shooter from deep as just about anyone in the country.

"Damian has done a great job maturing and making the adjustment to being more of a point guard," Rahe said. "He's a great kid, unbelievable worker and he's a guy who doesn't care about his numbers. He just wants to win."

And, thanks to an unscheduled game at the end of last season, Rahe will have Lillard for one more season after this year.

Lillard broke his foot in the ninth game against Tulsa.

"We were one game short percentage-wise of being able to get him a redshirt," Rahe said. "You need to play less than 30 percent of your games, so we put it out there to every school that we were looking for one more game at the end of the season."

He was hoping for a cupckake, but instead Saint Mary's obliged and now Lillard is a redshirt junior instead of this season being his swan song.

"We'd do it 100 times over," Rahe said.

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