Game notes: Rams, Buffs renew rivalry in big way Wednesday night in Boulder
Dec. 3, 2012
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• Colorado State renews its rivalry with Colorado on Wednesday night, making the 47-mile drive from the friendly confines of Moby Arena to CU’s Coors Events Center.
• Tipoff between the Rams and the Buffaloes is set for 8:30 p.m. MT at the Coors Events Center. The game is a double header with the CSU and CU women’s programs (5:50 p.m. tip).
• The game marks the 121st in the in the series between Colorado State and Colorado.
• Colorado State and Colorado are each receiving votes in both the AP and USA Today Top-25 polls entering Wednesday’s matchup.
• Colorado State defeated Evansville, 79-72, at home in their most recent outing, while Colorado is coming off of a 76-69 road loss to Wyoming.
• Wednesday’s contest will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network, with Jim Watson (play-by-play) and Brevin Knight (color analyst) calling the action courtside.
• Voice of the Rams Brian Roth will have the call on the Colorado State Sports Network, 560 AM KLZ (Denver), 600 AM KCOL (Fort Collins), 1010 AM KSIR (Fort Morgan) and 1100 AM KNZZ (Grand Junction).
• Streaming audio (free) is available via Rams All-Access and live statistics can be viewed on at -CUBuffs.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 with seven letterwinners back form the 2011-12 season.
• The Rams 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 enters Wednesday’s game with a 6-0 record, tying the program mark for best start established in 1970-71 and matched by the 2005-06 squad. The Rams have never begun a season 7-0.
• Entering Wednesday’s contest at Colorado, the Rams are receiving votes in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Top-25 rankings.
• Colorado State ranks as one of the top rebounding teams in the nation, leading the NCAA in rebounding margin with an average differential of 17.3 boards per game.
• Colorado State has opened the 2012-13 campaign with a 2-0 record on the road, picking up tough road wins at Denver and at Washington.
• The Rams have been even more impressive at home, racking up four wins and extending a record win streak at Moby Arena to 17 games. The streak ranks fifth nationally entering the Rams’ next home game vs. North Florida on Dec. 17.
• Senior C Colton Iverson has racked up four consecutive double-doubles entering Wednesday’s game at Colorado, leading the Rams to victories at DU, at Washington, vs. Northern Colorado and vs. Evansville.
• 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.
• The 2012-13 season marks the 110th in the history of the Colorado State men’s basketball program. The Rams are 1,135-1,170 (.492) in 2,305 games all-time.
• The Buffaloes enter Wednesday’s contest with a 6-1 record, having suffered the team’s first loss on Saturday at Wyoming (76-69) after storming out to a 6-0 start including a win over then No. 16/17 Baylor at the Charleston Classic.
• Colorado is 3-0 at home this season, with victories over Wofford (74-59), Air Force (89-74) and Texas Southern (85-80 2OT).
• Head Coach Tad Boyle is in his third season at Colorado, where he owns a 54-27 record.
• Boyle is 1-1 against the Rams during his time at CU, and holds a 3-3 record against CSU during his career, which also includes a stint at Northern Colorado.
• The Buffs are off to their best start since the 1982-83 season, when they started 7-0.
• Four players average double-figures scoring for the Buffaloes, led by Spenser Dinwiddie (16.1 ppg). Askia Booker (15.3 ppg), Josh Scott (13.1 ppg) and Andre Roberson (11.6 ppg) also average 10+ points per contest.
• Roberson also ranks among the nation’s top rebounders, pulling down 11.6 rebounds per contest.
Series vs. Colorado
• Wednesday evening’s game marks the 121st meeting in the series between Colorado State and the University of Colorado.
• The series dates back to the first clash between the schools during the 1905-06 season, a 42-23 CU victory in Boulder.
• CSU and CU have met 118 times in regular-season action, with two postseason matchups - in the 1969 NCAA tournament and the 1999 NIT - both resulting in CSU victories.
• Colorado owns an 83-37 advantage in the all-time series, but Colorado State has captured two of the last three and four of the last seven matchups.
• The series in Boulder favors Colorado by an 83-37 margin. CSU is 1-15 in Boulder since the teams began playing again on an annual basis in 1979-80, capturing the 2006-07 matchup, 72-69.
• Head Coach Larry Eustachy is 6-5 all-time against Colorado, with all 11 matchups dating back to his tenure at Iowa State (1998-99 to 2002-03). Eustachy is 1-4 against Colorado at the Coors Events Center, leading the Cyclones to a 71-61 road victory en route to a second consecutive Big 12 Championship during the 2000-01 season.
Rams vs. the Pac-12
• Colorado State is 122-241 (.336) all-time against current members of the Pac-12 contest, with a majority of those matchups coming against former Mountain West foe Utah (148 games) and in-state rival Colorado (120 games).
• Colorado State is 7-3 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).
• Most recently, the Rams captured a road win over reigning Pac-12 regular- season champs Washington, 73-55, on Nov. 24 at Alaska Airlines Arena.
• The Rams’ three losses during that stretch have all come on the road, at UCLA, at Colorado and at Stanford.
A win over Colorado will...
• Set the school record for best start to a season (7-0), surpassing the previous mark established during the 1970-71 season and matched in 2005-06.
• Mark a second straight win over the Buffs, and give the Rams wins in three of the last four meetings and five of eight dating back to the 2005-06 season.
• Leave Colorado State with an unblemished record heading into a tough matchup against the 6-1 UIC Flames, who are coming off a 50-44 road win over the Big Ten foe Northwestern last Saturday.
• Give the Rams eight consecutive victories over in-state rivals. Since a loss at Air Force in February of 2011, the Rams have won seven straight against in-state rivals, defeating Colorado, Air Force (twice), Denver (twice) and Northern Colorado (twice).
• Be the second straight win for the Rams over a over a Pac-12 opponent.
• Give the Rams’ a 3-0 start on the road for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
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 2-0 on the road this season, following back-to-back road wins at Denver (60-53) and at Washington (73-55) Nov. 21 and Nov. 24, respectively. It marks the 15th time in program history that CSU has won its first two road games, and the first time since 2006-07 (3-0 start).
• Colorado State travels to Chicago, Ill., for a matchup against the streaking UIC Flames, who are off to a 6-1 start.
• Tipoff between the Rams and the Flames is set for 3 p.m. CT/2 p.m. MT from the UIC Pavilion, and the game will be broadcast online by the Horizon League Network and regionally telecast by Comcast Sports Net Chicago.
• The contest will mark the first in the series.