"Let's go after them," said head coach Randy Rahe. "We knew it was going to be a top team in the country. I guarantee you one thing, a Wildcat is going to win."
"I got a little queasy when they announced it," said senior guard Davion Berry. "It doesn't even seem real. Tomorrow it will settle down once we get back in the gym."
Weber State (19-11) earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in seven years after winning the Big Sky Tournament Saturday night. The Wildcats won their 21st Big Sky regular season title, finishing 14-6 in conference play.
Rahe, who is in his 8th season as head coach, has led the Wildcats to four Big Sky titles in eight years and ranks third in Big Sky history in career coaching wins. Berry was named the Big Sky MVP and Tournament MVP after leading the Wildcats to the conference title. The Oakland, Calif., native is averaging 19.1 points per game.
This will be Weber State’s 15th trip to the NCAA Tournament. WSU has six NCAA Tournament wins in its history, with the last coming in 1999 when the Wildcats beat North Carolina in the First Round.
Arizona is 30-4 on the season and won the Pac-12 with a 15-3 conference record. The Wildcats are making their 31st NCAA Tournament appearance.
WSU is 0-4 all-time against Arizona. The two teams first met in 1966-67 season and also played in 1967-68 and 1969-70. The two teams last meet during the 2008-09 season with Arizona winning 71-65 in Tucson.
"We had doubters all year long and we proved them wrong," said senior center Kyle Tresnak. "So, we're just going to go out and try and punch them in the face. That's what we do every game."