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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 27, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Moby Arena (8,745) -- Fort Collins, Colorado. Television: None. Home Record: FSU 5-8, CSU 14-1. Away Record: FSU 4-9, CSU 5-5. Neutral Record: FSU 0-0, CSU 2-0. Conference Record: FSU 3-10, CSU 8-4. Series Record: Colorado State leads, 11-8.
GAME NOTES: After a disappointing week, the Colorado State Rams try to get back on track Wednesday night as they clash with the Fresno State Bulldogs in Mountain West Conference action at Moby Arena.
Given an opportunity to challenge for the top spot in the MWC standings, the Rams dropped the proverbial ball as they not only bowed to UNLV on the road a week ago, but they also suffered a 91-82 setback against nationally-ranked New Mexico on Saturday. Bowing out of the national rankings was expected, but perhaps the biggest sting from the weekend's loss to UNM was that the team's 27-game home win streak came to an end as well.
Now 8-4 in conference play, the Rams are two games behind UNM for first place in the standings.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs went from playing in back-to-back overtime games against Wyoming and Nevada on the road to losing in regulation to Boise State on Saturday night in a 72-63 final at home. The setback was the fourth in the last five tries for FSU, still all alone in last place in the MWC at 3-10.
The Rams defeated Fresno State on the road in the first meeting of the season last month, 74-63, at the Save Mart Center which means the all-time series now stands at 11-8 in favor of Colorado State.
The Bulldogs were up one on Boise State at the break on Saturday night, but then the hosts came out and shot just 38.5 percent from the floor in the second half, sending them to another loss. Allen Huddleston tried to give FSU a fighting chance with 21 points, followed by Tyler Johnson with 15 and three of the unit's mere seven assists. Kevin Olekaibe and Marvelle Harris chipped in with 10 points apiece for the Bulldogs as well.
Not much of an offensive team these days, the Bulldogs are scoring just 59.7 ppg over the course of 26 games, but at least the squad is keeping things interesting with just 61.3 ppg allowed. Shooting 41.0 percent from 3-point range, Tyler Johnson leads the group with 12.3 ppg, adding a team-best 52 assists and placing third with 4.1 rpg as he does all he can to keep the Bulldogs competitive.
Colton Iverson put together a huge double-double for the Rams over the weekend with his 26 points and 15 rebounds, but even that effort could not compete with UNM's Kendall Williams who poured in a staggering 46 points on 10-of-13 shooting behind the 3-point line. Obviously the CSU defense didn't come anywhere close to shutting down Williams and that's why the Rams saw their home win streak come to an end. Wes Eikmeier and Dorian Green contributed 22 and 20 points, respectively, for the Rams in the losing cause.
Scoring 73.6 ppg this season, the Rams have a quartet of players hitting for double figures with Iverson leading the way at 14.0 ppg, shooting almost as well from the floor (.570) as he is at the free-throw line (.594). Green (13.2 ppg) is the floor general for the group as he hands out 114 assists, with Eikmeier (12.2 ppg) and Greg Smith (11.3 ppg) the recipients of several of those dishes for sure. Still one of the most dominating rebounding teams in the nation, CSU is beating teams on the glass by 12.9 rpg.
After hitting the wall a couple times last week, the Rams now need to get themselves back into gear and show that their success in the MWC this season has been no fluke, and that turn-around begins on Wednesday.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Colorado State 74, Fresno State 61
02/27 10:32:23 ET
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