GAME NOTES: The Colorado State Rams have run off 26 straight wins at home, but
instead of enjoying the comforts of Moby Arena on Wednesday night the team is
off to Reno where it will challenge the Nevada Wolf Pack in Mountain West
Conference action at the Lawlor Events Center.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Larry Eustachy, the Rams have
been untouchable in Fort Collins again this season and that was evident over
the weekend when the squad ripped apart the Wyoming Cowboys, 65-46. With the
victory, CSU is now 5-2 in league play which has it trailing only New Mexico
for first place in the standings.
As for the Wolf Pack, one of the new additions to the MWC from the Western
Athletic Conference, they've had some trouble getting traction in the new
calendar year, winning only twice against Fresno State and Boise State, two
old rivals from the WAC. Last Saturday, the team was taken out by nationally-
ranked New Mexico in The Pit, 75-62, marking their second straight setback and
the third in the last four outings.
With just two league wins in seven attempts, Nevada is alone in seventh place
in the conference standings.
Nevada leads the all-time series between the two schools by a 6-4 margin,
taking four of the six meetings played in Reno over the years. These two teams
are set to close out the regular season in Fort Collins a month from now.
Except for Greg Smith who was held scoreless in 19 minutes of action, every
starter for the Rams landed in double figures in the win over Wyoming. Dorian
Green responded with 15 points and nine assists, Wes Eikmeier and Daniel
Bejarano 13 points apiece, the latter also pulling down eight rebounds in a
reserve role. Pierce Hornung tallied 12 points and a team-best 11 rebounds,
followed by Colton Iverson who matched him in the scoring column but came up
one rebound shy of a double-double. Consistency has been the name of the game
for the Rams in 2012-13, the team listing five players that average double
figures, with Iverson heading the list with his 14.0 ppg, to go along with 9.4
rpg. Hornung is further down in the scoring department with 10.1 ppg, but his
efforts on the glass are slightly better (9.8 rpg), as the Rams continue to
beat the competition on the glass by almost 14 rebounds per outing.
By no means did Nevada make it easy for the Lobos in Albuquerque over the
weekend, trading the lead eight times and tying the contest on four occasions,
but in the end the Pack just could not shut down the hosts. Granted, Nevada
allowed just two offensive rebounds, but much of that has to do with the fact
that UNM shot 56.0 percent from the floor, including 11-of-21 beyond the arc.
Malik Story led all scorers with 20 points, Deonte Burton added 13 and seven
assists, but he shot only 4-of-13 from the field, while Jordan Burris chipped
in 10 points and six boards. Burton (16.3 ppg) and Story (15.7 ppg) are the
ones who are the face of this team, but they just can't seem to have strong
outings in the same games of late. The duo has combined to shoot only 71-
of-218 beyond the arc and that has taken the entire team down to 29.7 percent
accuracy on the outside.
When Burton and Story are both playing well the Wolf Pack can compete with any
team in the league, but since they are the primary shooters it tends to take
the rest of the Nevada players out of the offense and that will again hurt on
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Colorado State 69, Nevada 55