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WSU: NO LETUP FOR ‘CATS - THEY FACE LEAGUE LEADER.

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Minus one exception, this season's Big Sky title race is shaping up pretty much like the media and coaches predicted in their preseason polls.

Montana State, Montana and Weber State were all picked to battle for the top spots - and they are more or less. (The two Montana schools being the more, WSU the less).And the darkhorse? Try the Boise State Broncos.

The Big West-bound Broncos' final ride in the Big Sky has caught many by surprise, especially considering that they finished preseason play with a less-than-stellar 4-8 record.

Since Big Sky play, though, BSU has stampeded to the top of the league with a 9-1 record including seven straight wins. The Broncos (13-9 overall) will try to avenge their only league loss tonight at 7:35 p.m. against Weber State in the BSU Pavilion. The 'Cats beat the Broncos 75-67 in their first meeting.

Weber State, which is tied for fourth at 6-4 in BSC, 15-9 overall, suffered a big blow to its chances of repeating as regular season champs with a 77-70 loss to Idaho State Thursday. The 'Cats are now just playing for a good seed in the upcoming tourney.

"That game meant so much - we couldn't afford a loss for the Big Sky championship. It would take a miracle now," said WSU senior Justyn Tebbs. "We need to learn from it and not just play for 10 or 20 minutes a game."