Game notes: CSU set for road challenge at 11/13 UNLV

Jan. 31, 2012

Colorado State at 11/13 UNLV | Game 21
Feb. 1, 2012 | 8:30 p.m. MT | Las Vegas, Nev. | Thomas & Mack Center (18,500)

COLORADO STATE RAMS UNLV RUNNIN' REBELS
Record
14-6, 3-2 MW
Last Game
vs. 13/12 SDSU (W, 77-60)
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
NR | NR
Head Coach
Overall Record
277-214 (17th Season)
Record at CSU
65-82 (Fifth Season)
Record
20-3, 4-1 MW
Last Game
at Air Force (W, 65-63 OT)
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
11 | 13
Head Coach
Dave Rice
Overall Record
20-3 (First Season)
Record at UNLV
20-3 (First Season)
CSU RETURNING STATISTICAL LEADERS UNLV STATISTICAL LEADERS
Minutes Played/Game
Dorian Green (33.4)
Points/Game
Wes Eikmeier (15.9)
Rebounds/Game
Pierce Hornung (7.6)
Three-Pointers
Dorian Green (36)
Assists
Jesse Carr (52)
Blocks
Will Bell (14)
Steals
Pierce Hornung (26)
Field-Goal %
Pierce Hornung (.726)
Free-Throw %
Wes Eikmeier (.884)
Three-Point %
Dorian Green (.486)
Minutes Played/Game
Oscar Bellfield (31.2)
Points/Game
 Mike Moser (14.7)
Rebounds/Game
 Mike Moser (11.7)
Three-Pointers
 Chace Stanback (56)
Assists
 Oscar Bellfield (121)
Blocks
Carlos Lopez (24)
Steals
 Mike Moser (42)
Field-Goal %
Carlos Lopez (.714)
Free-Throw %
Chace Stanback (.844)
Three-Point %
Chace Stanback (.459)
TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISON
Category CSU UNLV
Points/Game 72.5 80.6
Points Allowed/Game 69.8 65.8
Field-Goal % .487 .472
Opponent Field-Goal % .439 .400
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage .419 .372
Opponent Three-Point % .356 .335
Free-Throw % .773 .685
Rebounds/Game 30.8 39.6
Rebounding Margin +0.4 +5.2
Assists/Game 12.3 18.4
Turnovers/Game 13.4 13.8
Opponent Turnovers/Game 12.8 16.0
Steals/Game 5.6 8.8
Blocks/Game 2.0 5.1
BROADCAST INFORMATION
Television: The Mtn.
Play-by-play: Rich Cellini
Color Analyst: Joe Cravens
     DirecTV: 616
     Comcast Digital: 411
     Dish Network: N/A
 
Radio:Colorado State Sports Network
Voice of the Rams: Brian Roth
     Denver: 560 AM (KLZ)
     Fort Collins: 600 AM (KCOL)
     Streaming: CSURams.com/allaccess
     
Live Stats: Gametracker   
     CSURams.com

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Schedule/Results
Season Statistics

Opening tip
• Colorado State men’s basketball travels to Las Vegas, Nev., for a Wednesday night matchup with No. 11/13-ranked UNLV.
• Tipoff between the Rams and the Runnin’ Rebels is set for 8:30 p.m. MT Wednesday and the game will be broadcast live nationally on The Mtn.
• Rich Cellini (play-by-play) and Joe Cravens (analyst) will call the action courtside. The game can be found on Comcast Digital Cable (411) and DirecTV (616).
• Brian Roth will have the call on the Colorado State Sports Network, 560 AM KLZ (Denver) and 600 AM KCOL (Fort Collins).
• Streaming audio and Gametracker live stats are also available at CSURams.com.

Rams quick hits
• The Colorado State men’s basketball team, coming off a 77-60 home victory over No. 13/12 San Diego State, looks for a second-consecutive victory over a ranked opponent for just the fourth time in program history.  The Rams won two straight against top-25 competition in the same season in 1972-73 (No. 15 BYU and No. 19 New Mexico), and 2003-04 (No. 22 Purdue and No. 25 Air Force).  CSU also knocked off No. 24 North Carolina in 1989-90, before downing No. 20 UTEP during the 1990-91 season. 
• Colorado State juniors Dorian Green and Greg Smith are among an elite group of 10 players in the Mountain West to rank on the league’s top-20 charts in both scoring and rebounding this season.  Green, the shortest player on that list at 6-2, is sixth in scoring (13.5 ppg.) and 19th in rebounding (4.1 rpg). Smith is T-18th in scoring (10.5 ppg) and ninth in rebounding (4.9 rpg).
• Entering Wednesday’s game at UNLV, the CSU men’s basketball team ranks among the most efficient offensive teams in the country.  The Rams lead the Mountain West in field-goal percentage (.487), three-point percentage (.419) and free-throw percentage (.773).  CSU is one of two teams nationally (Denver) to rank in the top-15 in the NCAA in all three categories.   
• Colorado State has been excellent this season in close games, posting a 7-1 mark in contests decided by 10 or fewer points, with narrow victories over Montana, UTSA, Manhattan, Colorado, UTEP, Denver and TCU. The Rams’ lone loss in a game decided by 10 or fewer points came at Northern Iowa.
• Colorado State has been nearly perfect at home this season, posting a 9-1 record in the friendly confines of Moby Arena.  The Rams’ lone home loss came Nov. 19 against Southern Miss.  Since then, CSU has won eight straight home games, including a pair of Mountain West victories over TCU and Boise State. 
• The Rams are just 2-5 on the road in 2011-12, and are looking to snap a two-game losing streak overall, and a five-game losing streak in MW road games. 
• Colorado State is looking for its first road win over a ranked team since Dec. 29, 1989, a 78-67 victory over Dean Smith and No. 24-ranked North Carolina

About UNLV
• The No. 11/13 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels enter Wednesday’s contest  tied with No. 17/17 San Diego State in first place in the Mountain West standings with a 4-1 league mark.  The Rebels are 20-3 overall. 
• The Runnin’ Rebels have won 11 of their last 12 contests since a 62-51 loss at Wisconsin (Dec. 10).  The team’s lone loss during that stretch came in at SDSU (69-67) in the their MW opener.
• Most recently, UNLV won back-to-back overtime road games against Boise State (77-72) and Air Force (65-63). 
• UNLV is 12-0 at the Thomas & Mack this season, and the Runnin’ Rebels are 16-1 in regular-season home games since falling at to Colorado State, 78-63, in the teams’ first meeting of the 2011 MW season. 
• Head coach Dave Rice is in his fist season at UNLV, where he is 20-3 entering Wednesday night’s contest.  Rice is a UNLV graduate (1991) and was part of the Runnin’ Rebels national championship team in 1990. 
• The Runnin’ Rebels’ offense features the No. 4 and No. 5 scorers in the Mountain West, in sophomore forward Mike Moser (14.7 ppg) and senior guard/forward Chace Stanback (14.1).  Junior guard Anthony Marshall also averages double-figures scoring for the Rebels at 11.8 ppg.
• Moser ranks as the leagues’ top rebounder, pulling down an average of 11.7 boards per contest, good enough for third nationally. 
• As a team, the Rebels rank first in the MW, and ninth nationally in scoring offense (80.6 ppg).  UNLV also ranks in the top 10 nationally in assists per game, coming in fourth to open play this week with an average of 18.43 per game. 

Series vs. UNLV
• Wednesday’s matchup between the Rams and Runnin’ Rebels marks the 42nd in the series between the programs.
• Colorado State trails in the series, 32-9.
• The teams split two matchups in 2010-11, with each team capturing road wins.  CSU won the first matchup at the Thomas & Mack Center, 78-63, on Jan. 19, 2011.  UNLV picked up a 68-61 win at Moby Arena on Feb. 19, 2011.
• The Rams trail 27-5 all-time in games played against the Runnin’ Rebels in Las Vegas. 
• The Rams won the last meeting between the schools at the Thomas & Mack Center, rolling to a 78-63 road win behind a 25-point performance from senior forward Travis Franklin
• The series between the schools dates back to the 1978-79 season, and the programs have played at least twice each season since the 1996-97.
• In 27 matchups since the formation of the Mountain West in 1999-2000, the Rams trail 21-6.   
• Head Coach Tim Miles is 2-6 vs. UNLV in five seasons at CSU, capturing a home win in 2008-09 (71-69) and downing the Rebels on the road last season (78-63).  

A win over UNLV will...
• Move the Rams to 15-6 overall and 4-2 in the Mountain West.
• Improve the Rams’ record to 3-5 in road contests this season, and snap the team’s two-game road losing streak. 
• Give the Rams a two-game win streak over ranked opponents for just the third time in program history.  The Rams also won two straight against top-25 competition in the same seasons in 1972-73 (No. 15 BYU and No. 19 New Mexico), and 2003-04 (No. 22 Purdue and No. 25 Air Force).  CSU also knocked off No. 24 North Carolina in 1989-90, before downing No. 20 UTEP during the 1990-91 season. 
• Mark the sixth road win for the Rams in the series vs. UNLV .  CSU is 5-18 all-time against the Runnin’ Rebels in Las Vegas.
• Snap the Rams’ five-game road losing streak against the MW.  CSU’s last road win over a league opponent was Feb. 16, 2011 at TCU (69-55). 

The Ram Report with Tim Miles
• Episode 4 of The Ram Report with Tim Miles taped Monday afternoon at Moby Arena.
• The weekly broadcast schedule includes air time on:
  - The Mtn. (Comcast Ch. 411): Tues.-Fri. at 7:30 and 9 p.m.
  - CSU-TV (Comcast Ch. 11) - Tues. at 5 p.m.
  - NoCo5 (Comcast Ch. 8) - Wed. at 5:30 and 10:35 p.m.
• Full episodes are also available via CSU’s Youtube Channel.
 
Looking ahead
• Colorado State men’s basketball returns home to Moby Arena Saturday, hosting in-state rival Air Force to close out the first round of Mountain West play. 
• Tipoff between the Rams and the Falcons is set for 3 p.m. MT and the game will be broadcast live nationally on CBS Sports Network
• James Bates (play-by-play) and Steve Lappas (analyst) will call the action courtside. The game can be found on Comcast Digital Cable (55 and 689), DirecTV (603) and Dish Network (151)
• Brian Roth will have the call on the Colorado State Sports Network, 560 AM KLZ (Denver) and 600 AM KCOL (Fort Collins).
• Streaming audio and Gametracker live stats are also available at CSURams.com.