2016 NCAA Tournament Preview: Weber State Wildcats

Weber State is in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons after winning the Big Sky's automatic bid, and they're looking for their first win since 1999. Here's everything you need to know about the Wildcats:

Record – 26-8 (15-3 in Big Sky)
RPI – 118
Strength of Schedule – 319

Starting Lineup:
G McKay Cannon (Fr.) – 5.4 ppg, 2.7 apg
G Jeremy Senglin (Sr.) – 18.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg
G Ryan Richardson (So.) – 6.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg

F Zach Braxton (Fr.) – 6.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg
F Joel Bolomboy (Sr.) - 17.2 ppg, 12.7 rpg

Key Player:
Joel Bolomboy

Bolomboy is averaging a double-double for the second straight season, but he has taken his game - and this team - to another level this year. He is the country's third leading rebounder while stepping his game up offensively as well, shooting over 58 percent from the field thanks to a polished post game and a jump shot that stretches all the way to the three point line.

Biggest Strength:

Weber State's success comes from their offensive system, which creates open shots for their players in positions where they can be successful. As a result, they shoot 48.4 percent from the field, ranking 28th in the country. 

Biggest Weakness:
Creating turnovers

The Wildcats' defense is also solid, but one of the things they really struggle with is creating turnovers. They only record 4.7 steals per game, putting them 314th in the country in that category.

Weber State has the potential to pull off a first-round upset thanks to Bolomboy's ability and their incredible balance, but that will depend on their matchup. Either way, it's highly unlikely for them to reach the Sweet 16.

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