Colorado State (6-0) at Colorado (6-1)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, December 5, 10:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Coors Events Center (11,064) -- Boulder, Colorado.
Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: CSU 4-0, Colorado 3-0. Away Record:
CSU 2-0, Colorado 0-1. Neutral Record: CSU 0-0, Colorado 3-0. Conference
Record: CSU 0-0, Colorado 0-0. Series Record: Colorado leads, leads 86-36.
GAME NOTES: No longer among the nationally ranked, the Colorado Buffaloes try
to renew confidence in their program as they clash with the Colorado State
Rams on Wednesday night at the Coors Events Center in Boulder.
Off to a 6-0 start for the first time since the 1989-90 campaign when they
actually finished with a dismal 12-18 mark, the Buffaloes played their first
true road game of the campaign over the weekend and were met with a 76-69 loss
versus undefeated Wyoming in Laramie. The six wins prior to the setback
represented the most wins in a single season during the month of November for
Meanwhile the Rams, already 2-0 on the road in 2012-13, remain perfect after
six outings with half of those games being decided by more than double digits.
However, on Saturday the team had to fight hard in order to come away with a
79-72 victory versus Evansville at Moby Arena as part of the Mountain
West/Missouri Valley Conference Challenge. The win was also the 17th straight
at home for CSU.
Should the Rams pick up the win in this game, the 7-0 mark would represent the
best start in program history.
As far as the all-time series between these familiar foes is concerned,
Colorado owns an 86-36 advantage over the Rams and is an impressive 51-8 at
home. The Buffs have won all but one of the last 16 matchups since 1979, the
lone setback being a 72-69 final six years ago.
Colorado State scored the first points of the game against the Purple Aces and
never looked back, leading by as many as 18 points in the second half before
settling for the seven-point decision. Greg Smith led the offense with 19
points, pulling down eight rebounds, while Dorian Green, Wes Eikmeier and
Colton Iverson all posted 16 points, the latter accounting for a game-high 12
rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots for the group as well. Iverson,
a 63.8 percent shooter from the floor in the early going, is averaging a
double-double with 16.5 ppg and 11.2 rpg. Perhaps most impressive about the
Rams at the moment is that they've been able to pull together in the last
couple of games without Pierce Hornung (12.0 rpg) who has been out with
symptoms from a concussion, giving Iverson more of a chance to shine in the
paint. Green (12.7 ppg), Smith (12.2 ppg) and Eikmeier (10.8 ppg) have this
team scoring 77.0 ppg at the moment.
Wyoming trailed by two points at the break against the Buffaloes over the
weekend, but the team bounced back with 51.9 percent shooting from the floor
and 17-of-25 at the charity stripe in the second half in order to set down
Colorado. Andre Roberson turned in a double-double for the visiting Buffs with
his 16 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out, while Spencer Dinwiddie
responded with a game-high 24 points, to go along with six rebounds and four
assists in the losing cause. A major problem for Colorado was the fact that
the squad turned the ball over 17 times and was outscored at the charity
stripe by a 21-12 margin. Askia Booker, who is now second on the team in
scoring with 15.3 ppg, made only 2-of-13 shots from the floor versus the
Cowboys. Dinwiddie (16.1 ppg) and Roberson (11.6 ppg, 11.1 rpg) seem to be
much more reliable at the offensive end of the floor than Booker who has show
only 40.6 percent from the field.
Regardless of records at this point, this is one of those rivalry games that
takes on a life of its own and because of that, expect the Buffaloes to bounce
back and defend their home floor.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Colorado 75, Colorado State 72
12/05 10:32:44 ET