OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - It's been 19 years since the state of Utah has not been represented at the NCAA Tournament.
With BYU eliminated, Utah facing a nearly impossible task at the Pac-12 Tournament and Utah State riddled with injuries, many people believe Weber State is the state's best chance.
"You have to play for yourself first, but it would be great to do this for our school and our state," said forward Frank Otis. "So, it's good to think about it that way."
The Wildcats are riding an 11-game winning streak, their longest streak in 10 years, and boast an impressive 24-5 record. In fact, the Wildcats are headed into the Big Sky Tournament with a better record than they had last year when they were led by this season's probable NBA Rookie of the Year in Damian Lillard.
"We're hungry and have something to prove," said leading scorer Davion Berry. "We were a bunch of nobodies and still are a bunch of nobodies. So, we have to go out there and play with a chip on our shoulder."
"People really overlooked us," added Otis. "They didn't think we'd be good or even one of the top teams in our league. That kind of motivated us."
Maybe it's the lack of a true star that has made Weber State so good.
"They really are very unselfish," said head coach Randy Rahe. "They don't care who gets the credit or who gets the shots. Their whole focus is to try to win games."
Weber State will have to win three games in three days to win the Big Sky Tournament, which is being held at the home of the top seed, Montana. The Wildcats are the #2 seed and open up with Northern Arizona Thursday night. They say they're not looking forward to a championship game with the Grizzlies Saturday.
"We haven't even mentioned Montana," said Rahe. "Northern Arizona almost beat us earlier this year, so we are completely focused on them."
"NAU is good," added Otis. "They took us to overtime, so they are going to be a big challenge for us."
The key to the Wildcats success this year has been their offensive efficiency. Weber State ranks first in the entire nation in both field goal percentage and 3-point percentage. This team can flat out shoot.
"We just try to get the best shot possible whether it's a two or a three," said guard Scott Bamforth. "We don't come into a game saying we're going to shoot all threes or shoot all twos. We just come in and get the best shot possible."
Weber State may be Utah's best shot at the Big Dance.