Jan. 25, 2010
Game 20: Colorado State vs. TCU
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 | 6 p.m. MT | Fort Collins, Colo. | Moby Arena (8,745)
Network: The Mtn.
Play-by-Play: Dan Gutowsky
Color Analyst: Larry Mangino
Channel: Comcast (411), DirecTV (616)
Network: Colorado State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Jerry Schemmel
Flagship: KLZ (560 AM)
Live Statistics: CSURams.com
Streaming Audio: CSURams.com/allaccess
Streaming Video: None
The Colorado State men's basketball team opens a two-game homestand this week, beginning with a matchup against the TCU Horned Frogs on Wednesday. The Mountain West Conference game is set for 6 p.m. MT from Moby Arena (8,745).
The game will be televised live on The Mtn. with Dan Gutowsky (play-by-play) and Larry Mangino (color analyst) bringing fans all the action from courtside.
The Rams (11-8, 2-3 MWC) are coming off of an 82-64 road loss to New Mexico on Saturday. The Horned Frogs (10-10, 2-3 MWC) are also coming off of a 79-70 home loss to UNLV on Saturday.
The Rams enter the contest looking to snap an overall three-game losing streak. The Rams are 8-1 at Moby Arena, but are coming off of an 80-72 loss to UNLV in their last home game.
TCU has alternated wins and losses since the start of conference play and the Horned Frogs enter Wednesday's contest with a record of 1-6 on the road this season.
Fans can listen to the game on the Colorado State Sports Network. Jerry Schemmel will call all the action courtside. The game will be carried on flagship KLZ (560 AM) in Denver and on KCOL (600 AM), locally. Rams fans worldwide can listen to the action live streaming audio on CSURams.com/allaccess.
Live statistics are available by clicking the "GameTracker" logo on the men's basketball "Schedule/Results" page on CSURams.com.
Following Wednesday's contest vs. TCU, the Rams remain at Moby Arena for a Saturday tilt against the San Diego State Aztecs (14-5, 3-2 MWC), who are idle and coming off of a 71-69 home defeat against nationally ranked BYU on Jan. 23.
Head Coach Jim Christian has guided his Horned Frogs squad to a 10-10 record in his second year in Fort Worth. TCU faced a tough non-conference schedule, including games at Arizona State and Nebraska and vs. Texas Tech. The Horned Frogs, predicted to finish seventh in the preseason MWC polls, are 2-3 five games in. Like CSU, TCU has wins against Air Force and Wyoming. TCU has fallen at Utah, at San Diego State and most recently to UNLV.
TCU brings a fairly young group the court, including eight underclassmen (three freshmen and five sophomores). While their leading scorer is sophomore Ronnie Moss (13.5 points per game), the soul of the Horned Frogs lies in seniors Zvonko Buljan and Edvinas Ruzgas. Buljan, from Split, Croatia, and Ruzgas, from Vilnius, Lithuania, are two of five players on TCU's roster hailing from outside the United States. Buljan averages 13.4 points and 9.1 rebounds a contest, while Ruzgas adds 12.7 points. Also stepping it up since the start of conference play is junior guard Greg Hill, who is averaging 11.0 points in his three MWC games.
Series vs. TCU
Despite losing seven consecutive games in the series between 1974 and 2006, the Rams have won five of the past eight meetings, all since the Horned Frogs joined the MWC, to bring all the all-time series record to 9-6 in TCU's favor. Most recently, CSU beat TCU, 71-65, on Feb. 7, 2009, in front of the Moby faithful. CSU is 4-3 against TCU at Moby Arena and has won three of the past four meetings in Fort Collins.
Current Rams vs. TCU
Senior Harvey Perry scored 11 points and pulled down seven rebounds when TCU visited Fort Collins last season. The guard shot 5-of-6 from the field and 1-of-1 from three-point range. In his last home game of his freshman season, before sitting out the remaining games due to injury, Jesse Carr put up 16 points and three steals against TCU.
Defending the Fort
Colorado State won its first eight home games of the season before suffering an 80-72 loss vs. visiting UNLV on Jan. 20. The eight-game streak marked the longest home winning streak for the Rams since the team rattled off nine straight at Moby between the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons.
Through the years, Moby Arena has been a tough environment for opposing teams. CSU has won 70 percent (437-189) of its games at Moby Arena. Since the 2002-03 season, the Rams have had several winning streaks to start their home season: 2002-03, 13 consecutive; 2004-05, 9; 2005-06, 8; and 2006-07, 6.
Busch makes first start
Senior forward Travis Busch made his first start in a Rams uniform on Saturday at New Mexico, tallying a career-high-tying seven points in 25 minutes.
Smith at it again
For the second time in the Rams' last three showings, freshman F Greg Smith was a bright spot in a tough road loss for the Rams. Smith, who posted a career-high and team-leading 13 points at BYU on Jan. 16, matched that effort and tied for team-high honors with another 13-point effort at New Mexico on Saturday. At BYU, Smith hit 4-of-9 shots from the field and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. Against the Lobos, Smith struggled from the field, but connected on 9-of-11 free throws, while pulling down a team-high seven rebounds and adding a career-best three assists.
Over his last four games, Smith is averaging 10.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 43 percent (12-for-28) from the floor.
Green goes for 20
Freshman G Dorian Green scored a team-leading 20 points in the Rams' loss to UNLV on Jan. 20. Green, the Rams' leading scorer at 13.5 points per game, reached 20 points for the second time in his 18-game career at CSU. He tallied a personal-best 21 points in the Rams' 77-62 victory over Colorado on Dec. 10.
Green's 20-point scoring effort marked the eighth such game by a Rams player this season. The following is a list of CSU' 20-point scoring games for 2009-10:
Andy Ogide (24), vs. UC Davis (11-13-09)
Andre McFarland (20), vs. UC Davis (11-13-09)
Travis Franklin (24), vs. San Francisco (11-29-09)
Travis Franklin (22), vs. Colorado (12-10-09)
Dorian Green (21), vs. Colorado (12-10-09)
Travis Franklin (22), vs. Northern Arizona (12-20-09)
Andy Ogide (22), at Wyoming (1-6-10)
Dorian Green (20), vs. UNLV (1-20-10)
Rams giving back to the community
Members of the Colorado State men's basketball team will, once again, be participating in "Senior Night Out," a community service project in which the team volunteers to spend time with residents at both the Wexford and Worthington Independent Living Centers in Fort Collins. The Rams' visit will take place Thursday evening, and many of the residents will then be special guests of the CSU men's basketball program at Saturday's game against San Diego State.
CSU staff lacing `em up for Coaches vs. Cancer
Members of the Colorado State coaching staff will be donning sneakers as part of their game-day attire on Saturday against San Diego State, to show their support for the American Cancer Society and the Coaches vs. Cancer "Suits and Sneakers" awareness weekend.
Franklin a force for the Rams
Despite struggling from the free-throw line (3-for-14 FTs) in the Rams' 80-72 loss vs. UNLV on Jan. 20, junior F Travis Franklin turned in one of the best single-game performances by a CSU player this season. Franklin poured in 17 points, while pulling down a game-high-tying nine rebounds and dishing out a team-leading five assists. It marked just the second time this season that a CSU player has scored in double-figures, and led the team in both rebounds and assists. Franklin also accomplished the feat when he tallied 10 points and added 10 rebounds, while dishing out a pair of assists at Northern Colorado on Dec. 1., a 70-63 CSU loss.
Prior to the Rams' Jan. 16 loss at BYU, which snapped a three-game winning streak, Colorado State had not trailed in three straight contests, beginning with a 93-71 home win over Yale. The Rams then captured an 83-73 road win at Wyoming, and a 70-48 home victory over Air Force, all wire-to-wire wins.
Scoring for the Rams
Freshman G Dorian Green, junior F Travis Franklin and junior F Andy Ogide rank 1-2-3 for the Rams in terms of scoring through 19 games this season. Green (13.5 ppg.) has scored in double figures in 13 of his first 19 collegiate contests as a true freshman, while Franklin (11.2 ppg.) has reached double-figure scoring in 10 of his last 14 games. Ogide (11.1 ppg.) has led CSU in scoring in five games this season, including the Rams' first two MWC victories, at Wyoming (22 points) and vs. Air Force (13 points).
Entering Wednesday's game vs. TCU, Green ranks sixth in the MWC in scoring, and first among freshmen. Franklin is tied for 15th and Ogide ranks 20th.
Putting it on the line
CSU has become one of the top teams in the Mountain West Conference when it comes to getting to the free throw line this season. Entering Wednesday's contest vs. TCU, CSU is averaging 26.7 free throw attempts per game as a team. This ranks third in the MWC behind Wyoming (30 per game) and the New Mexico (27.4 per game).
This season, the Rams are 10-1 when attempting more free-throws than an opponent. The Rams are 10-0 when making more free-throws than an opponent.
Defense to offense
Over a three-game stretch from Dec. 31-Jan. 9 that included victories over Yale, Wyoming and Air Force, Colorado State scored 65 point off of opponents' turnovers. During that stretch, the Rams forced opponents into more than 15 turnovers per game.
McFarland climbing the three-point charts
For his career at Colorado State, McFarland has hit 119 three-pointers, just one shy of cracking the program's top-10 list. David Turcotte (1984-88) currently holds the 10th spot with 120 career three-pointers. McFarland's career three-point percentage of .420 is currently ninth, just behind Turcotte (.426), in the Rams' record book.
Rams on the road
Colorado State's 83-73 victory at Wyoming on Jan. 6 marked the Rams' first road victory of the season. It snapped a six-game road losing streak overall. CSU's previous road victory came Feb. 21, 2009, a 71-66 triumph over Air Force at Clune Arena.
Since then, the Rams have dropped tough road contests at BYU and at New Mexico.
Senior G Harvey Perry returned to the lineup against Yale on Dec. 31, after serving a nine game suspension due to his academic performance. Head Coach Tim Miles made the decision to suspend Perry prior to the Rams' game vs. Mayville State on Nov. 24. Perry played just five minutes against the Bulldogs in his return to the hardwood, tallying two points and two rebounds in the Rams' victory.
Nigon heating up
Junior Adam Nigon entered the season averaging 2.87 points per contest through two seasons. This year, the guard is averaging 8.6 points, and is just nine points shy, this season, of matching his career scoring total from his freshman and sophomore campaigns, combined. Nigon is shooting 39.8 percent from the floor and 36.8 percent from three-point range. During a five-game stretch from Nov. 29 to Dec. 12, he averaged 11.6 points, including a career-high 17 against Montana, helping the Rams to a 4-1 record during that stretch.
Entering Wednesday's contest vs. TCU, Nigon has scored in double figures in four of his last eight games. He was the lone Ram to connect from long range at BYU on Jan. 16, and will look to extend his streak of consecutive games with a trey to seven games against the Horned Frogs.
Junior F Travis Franklin recorded his second career double-double performance in the Rams' victory over rival Colorado (Dec. 10). Franklin tallied 22 points, his second 20-point effort of the season, and capped off the double-double performance with 10 rebounds to help CSU to the 77-62 victory. Franklin shot 7-for-9 from the field and 8-for-10 from the free-throw line, while adding a block and two steals against the Buffs. Franklin also recorded a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) nine days earlier in the Rams' 70-63 loss at Northern Colorado (Dec.1).
Seeing double, part two
Freshman F Greg Smith recorded his first career double-double on Dec. 20 in the Rams' victory over Northern Arizona. Smith, playing in just the seventh game of his career at CSU, tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds to help the Rams to the 64-56 victory.
500 and counting
Forward Andy Ogide garnered MWC player-of-the-week honors on Jan. 10, but the final points scored in the win against Air Force, a jumper with 3:05 remaining to put the Rams up by 11, was also his 500th of his career in a Rams uniform. The junior did it in 46 games, and will have one year of eligibility remaining at CSU to try to become the 18th player in CSU history to record 1,000 points. Ogide has now recorded 515 points in 49 career games entering Wednesday's contest vs. TCU.
Classmate Andre McFarland is also on pace to reach 1,000 points for his career and is the Rams' active career scoring leader with 624 points in 77 games at CSU.
McFarland back in action
Sidelined by back stiffness, junior Andre McFarland missed four straight games for the Rams after playing in every game of his career at CSU to that point. McFarland missed victories over CU (77-62), Montana (62-61) and Northern Arizona (64-56), and was unable to go in the Rams' loss at UCLA (75-63). McFarland returned to the court for the Rams at Fresno State, tallying three points and one rebound in 12 minutes of action, and played in five consecutive games between Dec. 28 and Jan. 16, before missing the Rams' home game vs. UNLV on Wednesday. McFarland returned to the CSU lineup at New Mexico on Saturday, knocking down a pair of three-pointers and finishing with eight points, his highest scoring effort since a nine-point game vs. Yale.
Draining the three
After shooting just 1-for-13 from three-point range at BYU (Jan. 16), the Rams got back on track from behind the arc against UNLV on Jan. 20, hitting 8-of-20 attempts for 40 percent. The Rams followed up that performance shooting 6-for-16 at New Mexico on Saturday.
Colorado State ranks among the top schools in the Mountain West in terms of three-point shooting percentage this season. The Rams are shooting 35.9 percent from long range, which ranks third in the league behind nationally ranked programs from BYU (.416) and New Mexico (.374).
Balanced rebounding attack
Despite only having four 10-plus rebounding efforts this season, the Rams have three players - Andy Ogide, Travis Franklin and Pierce Hornung - ranked in the top 14 in the MWC in rebounding average: Ogide (5.5), eighth; Franklin (5.3), 12th; and Hornung (5.2), 14th. As a team, Colorado State ranks fifth in the MWC pulling down 36.0 boards per game. The Rams' are outrebounding opponents by 3.5 per game, the fourth-highest rebounding margin in the league (SDSU, +7.7; BYU, +6.1; and New Mexico, +4.9).
Green means go
Entering Wednesday's game vs. TCU, freshman G Dorian Green, the Rams leading scorer at 13.5 points per game, has reached double-digits scoring in a team-leading 13 games this season. His scoring average ranks sixth overall in the MWC and first among freshmen.
BYU freshman Tyler Haws (12.4 ppg.) and SDSU's Kawhi Leonard (11.6 ppg.) rank 12th and 13th, respectively, in the MWC in scoring, and are the only other freshmen to appear in the top 20.
Freshmen strong in debuts
Freshmen Dorian Green and Pierce Hornung impressed in their first weekend of action at the BTI Tip-off tournament (Nov. 13-15). Green started all three games for the Rams at point guard and wasted no time making his mark, with 16 points, six rebounds, and five assists in the Rams' opening game vs. UC Davis. He earned all-tourney honors after averaging 12 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
Hornung looked sharp, pulling down two rebounds, and recording four assists and three steals in 23 minutes in his first collegiate game against the Aggies. He added a pair of blocks in the Rams' win over Winston-Salem State, and closed the weekend with six rebounds, two assists and one steal against the Oregon Ducks.
Greg Smith, who saw his first action in the Rams' fifth game of the season, was also impressive in his debut performance, filling up the stat sheet with 10 points, six rebounds three steals, two assists and two blocks.
The trio looks to make an assault on the CSU freshman records throughout the season. Entering this week Green is averaging a team-leading 13.5 points per game, which would rank third all-time among freshmen at CSU, behind former players Eddie Hughes (15.4 ppg.) and Matt Nelson (14.0 ppg.). Hornung's rebounding average of 5.2 per contest also would rank third among freshmen at CSU, just behind Rich Strong, who averaged 6.3 rebounds per game during his freshman year in 1983, and Jason Smith who pulled down 5.8 boards per game in 2005.
If I can be frank
Junior F Travis Franklin has started 18 of CSU's 19 contests this season; he came off the bench against DU (Dec. 5). Franklin has left his mark at both ends of the court for the Rams. The Baton Rouge, La., native ranks second on the team in rebounding (5.3 rebounds per game) and scoring (11.2 points per game), while leading the team in offensive rebounds (45), and free-throw attempts (144). He enters Wednesday's game vs. TCU ranking in the MWC in a number of categories, including tied for 15th in scoring, 12th in rebounding and seventh in offensive rebounding (2.4 per game).
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