Texas-El Paso (6-5) at Colorado State (11-2)
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 2, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Moby Arena (8,745) -- Fort Collins, Colorado.
Television: CBSSN. Home Record: UTEP 6-1, CSU 7-0. Away Record: UTEP 0-1, CSU
2-2. Neutral Record: UTEP 0-3, CSU 2-0. Conference Record: UTEP 0-0, CSU 0-0.
Series Record: Texas-El Paso leads, 46-25.
GAME NOTES: Enjoying a 20-game home win streak, the Colorado State Rams try to
continue their dominance in Fort Collins on Wednesday when they entertain the
Miners of Texas-El Paso in non-conference play.
Overall, the Rams are an impressive 11-2 on the campaign thus far, bowing to
only Colorado and Illinois-Chicago in back-to-back dates in early December.
Since then the team has ripped off five straight victories, the latest coming
on Saturday versus Adams State, 80-55, at home.
Not only has Colorado State been a consistent winner at home over the last two
seasons, the current overall win streak has the team winning by no less than
17 points per game, the strongest run for the program since the 1970-71
As for the Miners, this game is one of two that the program will play outside
of Conference USA, the other coming against Houston Baptist in a little under
two weeks. Not only is this game the first for UTEP since a 68-52 win over
Nebraska on Dec. 23, it is also the first for the team away from El Paso since
UTEP leads the all-time series by a count of 46-25, although CSU has won six
straight over the Miners.
Against Nebraska at the Don Haskins Center, the Miners held the Cornhuskers to
just 16 points in the first half and 37.3 percent shooting from the floor for
the entire game. Konner Tucker and Jacques Streeter led the way on offense for
the hosts as they each scored 17 points, the former connecting on 5-of-7 shots
behind the 3-point line, the team converting 8-of-17 beyond the arc
collectively. Tucker, who is only now getting back into action after sitting
out with a broken bone in his shooting hand, has already jumped ahead of
everyone on the squad in terms of 3-pointers made with 15-of-24 shooting in a
mere four games. Tucker is first on the team in scoring with 15.0 ppg,
followed by Julian Washburn (12.9 ppg) and John Bohannon (12.3 ppg), while
Streeter (8.7 ppg) is the one directing the offense with his five assists per
It didn't take long for the Rams to gain firm control of their meeting with
Adams State a few days back, as four of the five starters scored in double
figures in the 25-point decision. Colton Iverson and Dorian Green both tallied
17 points, followed by Greg Smith and Wes Eikmeier with 11 points apiece as
the team shot 48.3 percent from the field and ruled the glass, 51-41, in order
to combat 14 turnovers. While he was the lone starter not to score in double
figures, Pierce Hornung did contribute to the win with seven points, eight
rebounds and three assists. Hornung, who has steadily increased his scoring
average every season with the Rams, is now up to 10.2 ppg and the same goes
for his rebounding which leads the program at 9.9 per outing. Also playing
strong on the inside is Iverson with his 14.5 ppg and 8.9 rpg, while shooting
58.1 percent from the floor.
Thanks to Iverson and Hornung, the Rams enjoy one of the top rebounding
advantages (plus-14.2 rpg) of any team in the country, and that should be
enough to set down an opponent like the Miners.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Colorado State 69, Texas-El Paso 63
01/02 10:32:19 ET
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