Boise State (14-5) at Colorado State (16-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 30, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Moby Arena (8,745) -- Fort Collins, Colorado. Television: None. Home Record: BSU 8-1, CSU 11-0. Away Record: BSU 4-4, CSU 3-4. Neutral Record: BSU 2-0, CSU 2-0. Conference Record: BSU 2-3, CSU 3-2. Series Record: Colorado State leads, 6-3.
GAME NOTES: Enjoying one of the nation's longest home winning streaks at the moment, the Colorado State Rams put their run of 24 in a row at Moby Arena on the line Wednesday night as they entertain the Boise State Broncos in Mountain West Conference play.
Colorado State, which trails only Syracuse (35), Kansas (33) and South Dakota State (26) for the most consecutive home wins entering play this week, has had only a couple of close calls in Fort Collins here in 2012-13. The team has just returned from a two-game road trip that featured stops in Albuquerque and Fresno, with the Rams bowing to New Mexico in The Pit a week ago (66-61), before capturing a 74-63 triumph at the Save Mart Center versus the Bulldogs last Saturday.
CSU has now won three of its last four outings and has bowed in just two games since the middle of December.
As for the Broncos, they've been slowed in recent weeks with three defeats in the last four contests. Last Saturday, the team visited Nevada in Reno and was sent packing in a 75-59 final against another former member of the Western Athletic Conference. With the setback, BSU is now 2-3 in conference play and that has the Broncos tied with the Wolf Pack for sixth place in the standings.
The Rams lead the all-time series with Boise State by a count of 6-3, although the teams split a pair of meetings last season as each won at home.
Anthony Drmic posted a game-high 23 points and cleared seven rebounds for the Broncos, but at the same time he shot only 1-of-8 behind the 3-point line, the team finishing 4-of-21 out on the perimeter as they suffered the 16-point loss at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno over the weekend. Derrick Marks and Mikey Thompson both added 11 points for the visitors, but the latter shot only 5- of-16 from the floor in a reserve role. Thompson, who has started just one of the 17 games in which he has appeared this season, is shooting only 39.7 percent from the field which is far below the team's effort of 47.0 percent through 19 games. Marks (17.4 ppg) and Drmic (16.3 ppg) continue to be the major offensive threats for a squad that has done well to limit the competition to 65.1 ppg this season.
Feasting at the free-throw line, the Rams made good on 29-of-34 chances over the weekend at Fresno State, en route to their double-digit win. All five starters scored in double figures for CSU, led by Dorian Green who dropped in 17 points as he converted all 10 of his tries at the charity stripe. Pierce Hornung and Wes Eikmeier both delivered 12 points, while Greg Smith and Colton Iverson responded with 11 points apiece, the latter also clearing a game-high 13 rebounds along the way. Iverson leads the MWC in double-doubles this season with nine, and in conference games is putting up 13.2 points and pulling down 11.0 caroms per contest. Eikmeier paces four players in double figures with 15.4 ppg, having nailed half of his 24 triples over five league bouts.
The Broncos have had their moments this season when they seem like they can beat almost anyone and the same goes for Colorado State, but right now the Rams have the home court advantage on their side as they play their way towards the postseason.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Colorado State 68, Boise State 60
01/30 10:33:47 ET