Game notes: Rams to batle Flames in Windy City
Dec. 7, 2012
(RV/RV) Colorado State at UIC | Game 8
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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.
Colorado State is receiving votes in both the AP and USA Today Top-25 polls entering Saturday's matchup, while UIC is ranked No. 22 in the latest College Basketball Insider Mid-Major Top-25.
The 6-1 Rams are coming off of their first loss of the early season, a 70-61 setback at rival Colorado on Wednesday. The Flames have won six straight contests since suffering a loss in their second game of the season against Mountain West foe New Mexico, 66-59, at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Nov. 16.
Saturday's contest will be televised live on both Comcast SportsNet Chicago and Altitude Sports with Dave Willis (play-by-play) and David Kaplan (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 online via Gametracker at CSURams.com.
The Flames enter Saturday's matchup with a 7-1 record, their best start to a season since 1997-98. UIC comes off its latest victory over Roosevelt Wednesday night, downing the Lakers 81-41 at the UIC Pavillion.
UIC is undefeated (3-0) at home, with wins over UC Riverside (Nov. 11), Southeast Missouri (Nov. 24) and Roosevelt (Dec. 5).
The Flame's recorded an impressive win on Dec. 1, downing the Big 10 foe Northwestern (7-2). UIC handled the Wildcats coming out on top 50-44.
Junior Hayden Humes, who leads the team in scoring at 14.0 points per game, had 21 points in the Flames' last game, going 8-of-9 from the field.
UIC has three other players averaging double figures scoring, in Gary Talton (12.3), Daniel Barnes(10.8) and Josh Crittle (10.5)
Talton enters play this week ranked 31st in the nation for assist to turnover ratio (3.9). He dished out eight assists Wednesday night without committing a turnover.
Colorado State is the second Mountain West opponent the Flames have faced this season. UIC suffered its only defeat of the young season against New Mexico in the US Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, 66-59, on Nov. 16.
UIC's 2012-13 schedule features 14 games against teams that made appearances in the 2012 postseason, including four NCAA Tournament foes.
The Flames are in the middle of a three games home stand, that includes their Dec. 5 win over Roosevelt and Dec. 15th game against Eastern Michigan.
Head Coach Howard Moore is in his third season with the Flames, he owns a 22-37 record at the school.
Series vs. UIC
Saturday afternoon's contest at the UIC Pavilion marks the first in the series between the Rams and the Flames.
Rams vs. the Horizon League
Colorado State is 8-6 (.571) all-time against the current membership of the Horizon league.
The Rams have never faced off against Saturday's opponent, UIC, or the Flames' league mates Wright State and Youngstown State.
CSU is 4-0 all-time against the Cleveland State Vikings, 0-2 vs. the Detroit Titans, 2-2 against the Green Bay Phoenix, 1-1 in matchups with the Loyola (Chicago) Ramblers, 1-0 vs. the Milwaukee Panthers and 0-1 all-time against the Valpo Crusaders.
Colorado State has only faced a Horizon League opponent once in the last decade, a home win against Cleveland State, 77-63, on Nov. 12, 2002.
A win over UIC will...
Mark the first win over UIC for the Rams. The matchup if the first for the two schools.
Improve CSU's road record to 3-1, including wins over Denver (Nov. 21) and Washington (Nov. 24). The Rams were just 3-9 away from home in 2012-13.
Give the Rams a 7-1 record, tied for their best start to a season over the last decade with the 2005-06 squad.
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 tourney 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 2-1 on the road this season, with back-to-back road wins at Denver (60-53) and at Washington (73-55) Nov. 21 and Nov. 24, respectively. It marked the 15th time in program history that CSU has won its first two road games. The Rams suffered their first road loss Dec. 5 at rival Colorado (70-61).
Colorado State returns to the friendly confines of Moby Arena, hosting two games in three days, against North Florida and CSU Bakersfield, as part of the preliminary rounds of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.
The Rams open the tourney Dec. 17 against the UNF Ospreys. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Moby Arena.
Colorad state then returns to the court just two days later, Dec. 19, facing the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners, also at 7 p.m. MT.