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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 6, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Lawlor Events Center (11,536) -- Reno, Nevada. Television: CBSSN. Home Record: CSU 13-0, Nevada 9-3. Away Record: CSU 3-4, Nevada 2-7. Neutral Record: CSU 2-0, Nevada 0-0. Conference Record: CSU 5-2, Nevada 2-5. Series Record: Nevada leads, 6-4.
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 Wednesday night.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Colorado State 69, Nevada 55
02/06 10:37:56 ET
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