Rams battle Huskies Saturday night in Seattle
Nov. 23, 2012
Colorado State at Washington | Game 4
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• Colorado State travels to Seattle, Wash., for a tough road matchup against the Washington Huskies of the Pac-12 conference.
• Tipoff between the Rams and the Huskies is set for 5:30 p.m. MT/4:40 p.m. PT from UW’s Alaska Airlines Arena.
• Steve Sandmeyer will fill in for Voice of the Rams Brian Roth on the CSU Radio Network, and the game will air in Fort Collins on 1410 AM KIIX
• The game will be televised live in on the Pac-12 Network - Comcast Digital channels 430 and 839, and Dish Network channel 413 - with Kevin Calabro (play-by-play) and Detlef Schrempf (color analyst).
• Streaming audio is available via Rams All-Access and live statistics (Gametracker) can be viewed at GoHuskies.com.
Rams quick hits
• Colorado State enters the 2012-13 men’s basketball season under the direction of new head coach Larry Eustachy, in his 22nd season as a head coach at the NCAA Division I level.
• The Colorado State basketball program is looking for its fourth-consecutive postseason appearance, and its second straight NCAA Tournament berth, in 2012-13.
• The Rams return an experienced roster in 2012-13, as seven letterwinners from the Rams’ 2011-12 squad are back in the Green and Gold this season.
• The Rams will welcome a host of talented newcomers to the court this season, including Division I transfers Colton Iverson (Minnesota) and Daniel Bejarano (Arizona) who sat out 2011-12 per NCAA transfer rules.
• Other Rams’ newcomers are: Junior F Gerson Santo, sophomore guards Jon Octeus and Josh Morgan, and freshman guards Jordan Mason and Joe De Ciman.
• Colorado State posted a 14-1 mark at Moby Arena in 2012-13, the program’s best home win percentage (.933) since the Arena opened in 1966.
• Entering Saturday’s contest at Washington, the Rams are receiving two votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top-25 rankings.
• Colorado State has been selected to finish fourth in the Mountain West preseason media poll for the fourth consecutive season. In 2011-12, CSU finished in fourth place, but notched victories over each of the programs - San Diego State, UNLV and New Mexico - that finished ahead of them in the league standings.
• In early August, the CSU basketball program spent five days together at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in Nassau, Bahamas. Per NCAA rules, the team was allotted 10 days of practice leading up to the trip, and then played an exhibition contest against the Bahamas All-Stars, winning 95-80 behind a double-double effort (18 points, 14 rebounds) from Colton Iverson.
• Following the Rams’ Nov. 15 victory over Chadron State, Colorado State men’s basketball has won a school-record 15 straight home games at Moby Arena, the team’s home since 1966.
• Colorado State closed the 2011-12 season ranking as one of the most efficient offensive teams in the country. The Rams led the Mountain in field-goal percentage (.471), three-point percentage (.400) and free-throw percentage (.768).
• The 2012-13 season marks the 110th in the history of the Colorado State men’s basketball program. The Rams are 1,132-1,170 (.492) in 2,302 games all-time.
• Washington enters Saturday’s tilt with a 2-2 overall record. The Huskies are 1-1 at home this season with a season-opening victory over Loyola-Maryland (85-63), before dropping a 63-62 decision to Albany on Nov. 13.
• UW, most recently, played a pair of neutral-site contests Tip-Off Hall of Fame Tournament in Uncasville, Conn., with an overtime win over Seton Hall (84-73) and a loss vs. No. 4 Ohio State (77-66).
• Head Coach Lorenzo Romar is in his 11th year at the helm for Washington, where he has compiled a 221-115 record, and has led the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament in six of the previous 10 seasons.
• The Huskies return two starters from last year’s team that went 24-11, including 18 home wins. Senior Guard Abdul Gaddy and senior center Aziz N’Diaye have played in a combined 160 games at UW.
• Gaddy ranks as the team’s top scorer at 16.0 points per game, while N’Diaye leads the team with nearly 12 rebounds per game, and averages a double-double (11.5 pts, 11.8 rebs).
• Saturday’s game against CSU tips off a stretch of eight straight games in Seattle for the Huskies, including seven home games and one “road” game at Seattle University.
• Washington has amassed 922 wins at the Alaska Airlines Arena, the most by any Division I team at its current home arena.
Series vs. Washington
• Saturday’s matchup between Colorado State and Washington marks the third in the series between the schools, and the first since the early 1960s.
• Washington won the initial matchup, 59-54, at home on Dec. 1 1962.
• Colorado State dominated in an 82-52 victory in Fort Collins the next year, on Dec. 23, 1963.
Rams vs. the Pac-12
• Colorado State is 121-241 (.334) all-time against current members of the Pac-12 contest, with a majority of those matchups coming against former conference foe Utah (148 games) and in-state rival Colorado (120 games).
• Colorado State is 6-4 in its last 10 games against Pac-12 opponents. Dating back to 2009-10, the Rams have picked up four victories over the Utah Utes, and two wins against the defending Pac-12 tournament champions Colorado (including a 65-64 victory last season).
• The Rams’ four losses during that stretch have all come on the road, at Oregon, UCLA, Colorado and Stanford.
A win over Washington will...
• Move Colorado State to 4-0 to open the 2012-13 season, the Rams’ best start since the program posted a 6-0 record to open the 2005-06 season.
• Give the Rams a 2-1 advantage in the series against the Huskies.
• Push the Rams to 2-0 on the road to start the 2012-13 campaign, marking a first for a CSU team since 2006-07 (3-0). CSU has previously started 2-0 on the road 14 times in 110 seasons of basketball.
A winning era
• CSU’s fourth-year seniors – Dorian Green, Pierce Hornung and Greg Smith – have been a part of 58 wins during their careers at Colorado State (entering Saturday’s game at Washington).
• That total, just three games into their senior season, ranks just outside the top-20 in program history for wins in a four-year period.
• The school record for wins in a four-year period is 81 victories from 1987-88 to 1990-91. The team would need 26 wins in 2012-13 to tie that record, and entered this year 20 wins away from the top-5 on that list of most successful four-year periods in program history
• Below is a list of the top-5 win totals in a four-year period in program history:
1987-88 - 1990-91 -- 81 wins
1986-87 - 1989-90 -- 79 wins
1996-97 - 1999-00 -- 77 wins
1995-96 - 1998-99 -- 77 wins
1994-95 - 1997-98 -- 75 wins
The importance of road wins
• CSU Head Coach Larry Eustachy has stressed the importance of Road wins to his team since stepping on campus for the first time last April.
• In 2011-12, under Tim Miles, the Rams earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament despite a 3-9 road record.
• Entering the 2012-13 season, Eustachy was 84-152 (.356) in his career in road contests, but his win percentage on the road jumps to .525 (42-38) in seasons that he has led his programs to the postseason.
• In four seasons that ended in NCAA Tournament appearances at Southern Miss (2011-12), Iowa State (1999-00 and 2000-01) and Utah State (1997-98), Eustachy’s programs were an impressive 26-20 (.565) on the road.
• Colorado State is 1-0 on the road this season, following a 60-53 victory at Denver on Wednesday.
Newcomers making impact
• Although returning a veteran squad in 2012-13, the CSU men’s basketball team has already seen significant impact from several newcomers through three games this season.
• Senior C Colton Iverson is averaging a team-leading 17.7 points per game, while pulling down 10.0 rebounds per game, and has led the Rams in scoring in each of his first three games in green and gold.
• Sophomore G Daniel Bejarano ranks sixth on the team in scoring (7.3 ppg) and third in rebounding (5.3 rpg), and is coming off a career-high six rebounds at Denver on Wednesday night.
• Sophomore G Jon Octeus saw a bulk of the minutes at point guard for the Rams vs. Chadron State, and bounced back from a slow debut vs. Montana, with 13 points and a game-high five assists against the Eagles.
• Junior F Gerson Santo also had a breakout performance in the Rams’ second game of the season, vs. Chadron State, posting 12 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and an assist in 21 minutes off the bench.