Game notes: Rams battle No. 17 Rebels Wednesday at Moby

Feb. 28, 2012

Colorado State vs. No. 17/17 UNLV | Game 28
Feb. 29, 2012 | 8 p.m. MT | Fort Collins, Colo. | Moby Arena (8,745)

COLORADO STATE RAMS UNLV RUNNIN' REBELS
Record
17-10, 6-6 MW
Last Game
at No. 24/25 SDSU (L, 74-66)
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
NR | NR
Head Coach
Overall Record
280-218 (17th Season)
Record at CSU
68-86 (Fifth Season)
Record
24-6, 5-4 MW
Last Game
vs. Air Force (W, 68-58)
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
17 | 17
Head Coach
Dave Rice
Overall Record
24-6 (First Season)
Record at UNLV
24-6 (First Season)
CSU STATISTICAL LEADERS UNLV STATISTICAL LEADERS
Minutes Played/Game
Dorian Green (33.4)
Points/Game
Wes Eikmeier (15.9)
Rebounds/Game
Pierce Hornung (8.5)
Three-Pointers
Dorian Green (45)
Assists
Blocks
Will Bell (14)
Steals
Pierce Hornung (38)
Field-Goal %
Pierce Hornung (.649)
Free-Throw %
Wes Eikmeier (.868)
Three-Point %
Dorian Green (.446)
Minutes Played/Game
Anthony Marshall (31.8)
Points/Game
 Mike Moser (14.2)
Rebounds/Game
 Mike Moser (11.0)
Three-Pointers
 Chace Stanback (73)
Assists
 Oscar Bellfield (156)
Blocks
Carlos Lopez/Quintrell Thomas (28)
Steals
 Mike Moser (59)
Field-Goal %
Carlos Lopez (.690)
Free-Throw %
Chace Stanback (.831)
Three-Point %
Chace Stanback (.477)
TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISON
Category CSU UNLV
Points/Game 70.8 78.4
Points Allowed/Game 68.7 66.3
Field-Goal % .475 .468
Opponent Field-Goal % .436 .408
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage .410 .372
Opponent Three-Point % .353 .338
Free-Throw % .767 .676
Rebounds/Game 31.3 38.7
Rebounding Margin +1.0 +4.2
Assists/Game 12.4 18.3
Turnovers/Game 12.9 13.7
Opponent Turnovers/Game 12.3 15.4
Steals/Game 5.3 8.6
Blocks/Game 1.9 4.8
BROADCAST INFORMATION
Television: CBS Sports Network
Play-by-play: Todd Harris
Color Analyst: Steve Lappas
     DirecTV: 613 (HD)
     Comcast Digital: 412 (HD)
     Dish Network: 152 (HD)
 
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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Opening tip
• Colorado State returns to Moby Arena, closing out the team's regular-season home slate against No. 17/17 UNLV, the Rams' third consecutive conference game against a top-25 opponent.
• Tipoff between the Rams and the Runnin' Rebels is set for 8 p.m. MT and the game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.
• Todd Harris (play-by-play) and Steve Lappas (analyst) will call the action courtside. The game can be found on Comcast Digital Cable (412), DirecTV (613) and DishNetwork (152).
• 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 live stats are available at CSURams.com.

Rams quick hits
• Colorado State closes a stretch of three consecutive games against top-25 opponents, hosting the No. 17/17 UNLV Runnin' Rebels on Wednesday night.
• CSU will honor three members of the team, forward Will Bell, guard Kaipo Sabas and senior manager Nick Petersohn, prior to the start of Wednesday's contest for the team's annual "Senior Night" celebration.   
• The Rams are 13-1 at Moby Arena this year, and have won 12 straight home games, tied for the 14th longest streak in NCAA DI entering Wednesday's home contest vs. No. 17/17 UNLV.
• Wednesday's matchup against No. 17/17 UNLV closes a stretch of three consecutive games against ranked opponents. The Rams are 2-0 at home against ranked opponents this season, entering the tilt with the Runnin' Rebels, and have never won three games against ranked opponents in the same season in program history.  
• Entering Wednesday's game at UNLV, CSU ranks among the most efficient offensive teams in the country. The Rams lead the Mountain West in field-goal percentage (.475), three-point percentage (.410) and free-throw percentage (.767).
• Colorado State's 2011-12 non-conference slate ranks as one of the strongest in program history, and is rated No. 4 nationally by the NCAA (as of Feb. 27).
• With New Mexico back into the top-25 prior to last Tuesday's contest, and the Rebels ranked 17th in both polls this week, CSU  will face four different ranked teams a total of six times throughout the course of the 2011-12 regular season.
• The Rams' four different ranked opponents in a single season mark a program record, while CSU's six total regular-season games against ranked foes are second only to the 1950-51 squad that played nationally ranked BYU and Wyoming four times each for a total of eight ranked games.
• Junior guard Wes Eikmeier enters play this week as the second-leading scorer in the Mountain West at 15.9 points per game.  No CSU player has ever led the MW in scoring. 
• Junior guard Dorian Green has started 91 consecutive games - every game of his career at CSU - entering Wednesday's matchup against No. 17/17 UNLV.
• Colorado State ranks as the only team in the Mountain West with two players - junior forwards Pierce Hornung and Greg Smith - that rank in the top seven in the league in rebounding. Hornung ranks third at 8.5 boards per game, while Smith is seventh (5.2 per game) after pulling down 19 boards in his last three games.
• Colorado State, with a win on Wednesday over No. 17/17 UNLV, would complete an undefeated home record in conference play (7-0) for just the third time in program history.  The Rams also posted undefeated conference records at home in 1960-61 (8-0) and 1953-53 (7-0) in the Mountain States Conference, and in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (3-0) in 1913-14.   
• CSU's 16th victory of the season, Feb. 18 vs. rival Wyoming, guaranteed the Rams a second consecutive winning campaign for the first time under fifth-year Head Coach Tim Miles.
• Over the last three seasons, Colorado State has been impressive against its Front Range rivals - Colorado, Northern Colorado, Denver, Wyoming and Air Force - posting a 16-4 mark dating back to the start of the 2009-10 season, including a 5-1 mark this season, with one game remaining at Air Force on Saturday.

About UNLV
• The No. 17/17 UNLV Runnin' Rebels enter Wednesday's contest  tied with No. 21/23 San Diego State and New Mexico in first place in the Mountain West standings with a 8-4 league mark.  The Rebels are 24-6 overall. 
• The Runnin' Rebels are coming riding a two-game winning streak into Wednesday's contest, with home victories over Boise State (75-58) and Air Force (68-58) last week. 
• UNLV is 6-6 away from the  Thomas & Mack Center this season, but the Runnin' Rebels are just 2-4 away from home in Mountain West play, with a pair of overtime victories at Boise State (77-72) and Air Force (65-63) last month. 
• Head coach Dave Rice is in his fist season at UNLV, where he is 24-6 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. 5 and No. 6 scorers in the Mountain West, in sophomore forward Mike Moser (14.2 ppg) and senior guard/forward Chace Stanback (13.6).  Junior guard Anthony Marshall also averages double-figures scoring for the Rebels at 12.1 ppg (13th in the MW).
• Moser ranks as the leagues' top rebounder, pulling down an average of 11.0 boards per contest, good enough for sixth nationally. 
• As a team, the Rebels rank first in the MW, and 16th nationally in scoring offense (78.4 ppg).  UNLV also ranks second nationally in assists per game, at 18.33 per game. 

Series vs. UNLV
• Wednesday's matchup between the Rams and Runnin' Rebels marks the 43rd in the series between the programs.
• Colorado State trails in the series, 33-9.
• The Rams trail 14-4 all-time in games played against the Runnin' Rebels in Fort Collins. 
• Colorado State's last victory over the Runnin' Rebels at Moby Arena was a 71-69 decision in 2008-09. 
• 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 28 matchups since the formation of the Mountain West in 1999-2000, the Rams trail 22-6.   
• Head Coach Tim Miles is 2-7 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).

In the first meeting...
• Colorado State led by as many as seven points in the first half, but UNLV used a 20-2 run midway through the opening half to take a 48-35 lead at halftime. 
• The Rams responded with an 11-0 run to open the second half, pulling within two points, 48-46.  But UNLV answered with its own 11-0 run, eventually cruising to the 19-point victory. 
• Four Rams finished in double figures, led by 18 from Wes EikmeierDorian Green added 15 points, and Greg Smith (13 points, seven rebounds) and Will Bell (10 points, six rebounds) turned in impressive performances. 
• UNLV was led by Chace Stanback and Oscar Bellfield who each tallied 16 points. Anthony Marshall and Mike Moser each added 13 points, and Moser pulled down a game-high eight boards. 

A win over UNLV will...
• Move the Rams to 18-10 overall and 7-6 in the Mountain West.
• An 18th win would move the 2011-12 Rams up the program's all-time win charts into a tie for 10th. 
• Extend Colorado State's home-court winning streak to 13 contests, and give the Rams eight straight home wins over MW foes.
• Move CSU's home record to 14-1 on the season. A 14th home wins would tie for the second-best total in Moby Arena history, behind the 15 wins at Moby recorded by the 1987-88 team (15-1). 
• Move the all-time series between the schools to 33-10 in favor of UNLV.
• Give Colorado State a school-record third victory over a top-25 program in 2011-12. CSU had previously beaten two ranked teams in a single season twice before Tuesday's victory over No. 18/21 New Mexico matched that mark for a third time.
• Mark a school-record third consecutive home win over a top-25 opponent, following CSU's wins over No. 13/12 San Diego State (77-60) and No. 18/21 New Mexico (71-63).
• Give the Rams an undefeated home mark in conference play (7-0) for just the third time in program history.  The Rams also posted undefeated conference records at home in 1960-61 (8-0 ) and 1953-53 (7-0) in the Mountain States Conference, and in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (3-0) in 1913-14.   

The Ram Report with Tim Miles
• Episode 8 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 travels two hours down I-25 to face off against in-state rival Air Force in the teams' regular-season finale.   
• Tipoff between the Rams and the Falcons is set for 2 p.m. MT and the game will be broadcast live on The Mtn.
• Rich Cellini (play-by-play) and Andrea Lloyd (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 live stats are available at CSURams.com.

Milestone watch: Entering UNLV game...
• Will Bell: needs eight rebounds to reach 150 boards in two seasons in a Rams uniform since transferring to CSU from Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo.
• Jesse Carr: closing in on milestones of 200 career rebounds and assists, with 190 boards and 187 helpers to his credit to date. Carr is also approaching 200 points on the season (179), something he hasn't accomplished since scoring 219 during a stellar freshman season.
• Wes Eikmeier: approaching 700 points at CSU (693) and 800 total points at the Division I level (768).
• Dorian Green: is 41 points shy of 1,000 for his career. With at least three games remaining in the Rams' schedule in 2011-12, Green could eclipse the 1,000-point mark this season, to become the 19th player in program history to accomplish the feat. Also approaching 250-career assists with 239 helpers to date. 
• Pierce Hornung: is 42 rebounds shy of 500 total boards, and needs just 16 offensive rebounds for 200 in a Rams uniform.
• Greg Smith: is closing in on milestones for career assists and steals, needing seven helpers for 100 and nine takeaways for 50.