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Another in the series of December in-state basketball battles takes place today when Southern Utah State meets Weber State.

Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. in the Dee Events Center, the first afternoon game ever in the 11,725-seat arena.For the Wildcats it's a chance to win their first in-state game of the season after losses to BYU, Utah and Utah State. For the T-Birds, it's a chance to go undefeated in in-state contests, seeing it's their only game against a Utah college.

Weber, 3-4, is coming off a convincing 96-69 win over North Texas State Thursday, just 24 hours after a 70-52 loss to Utah State when they were outscored 30-0 in an embarrassing 12-minute stretch.

SUSC is 4-4 in an up-and-down season that has included a shocking upset of Xavier on the road and a home loss to West Texas State, a Division II school.

The Wildcats are expected to start Anthony McGowan (10.3 ppg) at center, Jerry McIntosh (11.1) and Aaron Bell (10.3) at forwards and Mike Ostlund (12.0) and Tony Nicholas (9.1) at guards. Chris Metke, Kevin Williams and Mike Sivulich provide depth.

SUSC is expected to counter with Roger McDonald (10.1), Chris Naulls (7.8) and Richard Barton (12.6) inside and Kelvin Lee (19.1) and Wade Wyatt (9.9) Davor Marcelic, Peter Johnson, William Allen and Carl Pollard are top reserves. The 7-3 Pollard once played for BYU, while Wyatt played at Utah before an LDS mission.

The Wildcats and T-Birds have met seven of the past eight years with Weber winning six times. The Wildcats' lone loss was a 92-90 overtime defeat in 1986, one of four overtime losses in Weber's 7-22 season. Last year, in the first meeting in Cedar City, the Wildcats won 78-73.