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Lillard Getting Noticed

December 12 Damian Lillards skills and accomlishments are starting to gain more notoriety, both in-state and nationally. Below are a few of the recent articles written about the Fly Guy. Enjoy.

Weber State's Lillard takes nonstop route to NO. 1 scorer http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/story/16360079/weber

Lillard named Big Sky Player of the Week http://www.weberstatesports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=8600&ATCLID=205343250

Another Jimmer? Weber State's Lillard leading nation in scoring http://www.ksl.com/?nid=294&sid=18384800#.Tt6kwLYSjsA.facebook

Welcome to the Damian Lillard Show http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/41123/welcome-to-the-damian-lillard-show

Lillard's finishing flourish leads WSU to double overtime victory http://www.standard.net/stories/2011/12/03/lillards-finishing-flourish-leads-wsu-double-overtime-victory

Kragthorpe: Is weber State's Damian Lillard this year's Jimmer in Utah? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/52912195-77/lillard-state-season-rahe.html.csp

Lillard thankful for pact with friends to get degree http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/52968992-77/lillard-state-season-weber.html.csp
By Mark Berger
For questions, comments, or thoughts, email me at mark@weberhoops.com

BYU And Some Bull

December 7 Just got an email from a Wildcat fan. He asked my opinion on a few topics. Here are his questions and my responses.

1. What does the loss of Kyle Bullinger mean for this team?

My answer: Losing Kyle is a big deal for Weber. He had started 100 consecutive games on the night that he dislocated his elbow. (If you have a stomach for it, you can see the graphic video of the injury on YouTube. Fair warning though: It is not for the faint of heart.) From what I'm told, Frank Otis will likely take Bullinger's place at the 3 position and Mahoney will step in as the starting 4. Bullinger led the team in rebounds and brought a ton of toughness, experience and leadership to every game -- qualities that won't be replaced very easily. The good news is he should be back in three to four weeks, hopefully in time for the majority of conference play. Not having him in the non-conference games will be tough, but really all that matters when you are in the Big Sky, as far as making it into the NCAA tournament, is conference play and the conference tournament. Also, losing Bullinger means that Gelaun Wheelwright will likely need to be called on in games. If this happens, he will burn the redshirt year Rahe was hoping to save for him.

2.How do you explain why we have seen so many good first halves from this team only to hang on or falter in the second halves of games?

My answer: I have no idea why the 'Cats are faltering in the second halves of games. Maybe conditioning is an issue but doubtful, or maybe they just get too comfortable with their first half leads. Hopefully the second half effort at the SJSU game is more indicative of the second halves we will see the rest of the year.

3.What do you think we can expect to see against BYU, and what are your expectations for that game?

My answer: Losing Bullinger is a big deal for this BYU game. BYU is tall, and we need some tall, strong defenders to keep their wings in check. Otis is a great defender and will fill in nicely for Bull, but when Otis is out, it looks like Gelaun and JRich will be taking the remainder of the minutes (JRich is listed as 6'1" and Gelaun at 5'11"). Even with a healthy Bullinger, it would be hard to beat BYU in a 5-on-8 match up in Provo, if ya know what I'm saying. I'm still gonna be a total homer and predict a Weber win though. The keys to the game are 1-Guard play: Lillard and Bamforth need to have great scoring nights. I don't see Weber getting a lot of points in the paint in Provo, so our shots have to be falling for us. And 2- Our interior defense needs to be much better than it has been all year. Opposing forwards have had great games against our bigs all season long. Mahoney, Tres, and Otis need to keep Davies and Hartsock out fo the paint. The main thing we have going for us is we have an NBA caliber point guard in Lillard, and they don't even have a point guard. So it will be an interesting match up. I'm really exited to watch it!
By Mark Berger
For questions, comments, or thoughts, email me at mark@weberhoops.com

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