The Doors Had The Lizard King—Weber State Wildcats Have The Lillard King

Calvin W BoazCorrespondent IIMarch 10, 2010

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 17:  Tre'Von Willis #33 of the UNLV Rebels goes for a steal between Damian Lillard #1 and Matt Washington #33 of the Weber State Wildcats during their game at the Thomas & Mack Center December 17, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The Doors formed in Los Angeles, Calif., and now Oakland, Calif., is the hometown of one the rising stars in college basketball.

The star point guard of the Weber State Wildcats, Damian Lillard, is one victory away from having his team break on through to the other side and make the NCAA Tournament.

Tonight against Montana, Lillard and his teammates have the opportunity to redeem themselves after losing at home as a No. 1 seed to Montana State in the Big Sky Conference Tournament last season.

A tremendous shooter, Lillard leads the Wildcats in scoring at 19.7 points per game.  In conference tilts, he steps up his game and averages an extra point per game.

Although better suited to play the off-guard position, Lillard's unselfish play allows him also to lead the team in assists at 3.8 per game.

At 6'2", 185 pounds, Lillard possesses a strong frame and good quickness. He also has distance on his jump shot, as evidenced by his 75 made three-pointers this season at a 39 percent clip.

Because of Lillard's strong play this season, he has been named All-Big Sky First Team and Big Sky Conference MVP. Those achievements are just among those Lillard has already received and will deserve as his collegiate career continues.

Last season, Lillard became the first true freshman in Big Sky history to gain first-team honors and just the third player ever from Weber State to be named Freshman of the Year.

Lillard helped the Wildcats overcome their poor shooting last night against Portland State by scoring 23 points and dishing out four assists in 37 minutes of action.

While Weber State and the Montana Grizzlies have split their previous two meetings, Lillard proved to be the best player on the floor on both occasions by scoring 24 and 30 points in those games.

While playing the game in Ogden, Utah, gives Weber State a definite advantage, having the best player in the Big Sky makes the Wildcats an overwhelming favorite tonight.

If Lillard leads Weber State to victory and an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, the Wildcat fans will love him madly.