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Preview: CSU heads back to California to take on San Diego State, Jan. 28

Gian Clavell is leading the Rams at 16.9 points per game, including 19.6 in MW games
Jan. 26, 2017

2016-17 Colorado State Men's Basketball
Game #22 - Colorado State (13-8, 5-3) vs. San Diego State (11-8, 3-4)
January 28, 2017 • 4 p.m. MT • Viejas Arena (12,414) - San Diego, Calif.
TV: CBS Sports Network (DirectTV: 221 / Dish Network: 158 / Comcast Digital: 412 (HD))
Radio: CSU Sports Network (Flagship: KARS 102.9 FM (Fort Collins); Affiliates: KDCO 104.7 FM (Denver), KMTS 99.1 FM (Glenwood Springs), KJME 890 AM (Colorado Springs), KKVT 100.7 FM  (Grand Junction), KRFD 100.1 FM (Sterling))

Opening Tip
• Colorado State heads back on the road to take on defending Mountain West regular season champion San Diego State, Jan. 28.
• Tip off between the Rams and Aztecs is set for 4 p.m. MT at Viejas Arena, with the game televised on CBS Sports Network. Andrew Catalon is on the play-by-play and former NBA standout Steve Smith is the analyst.
• It will also air across the Colorado State Sports Network, including flagship KARS 102.9 FM, with Brian Roth on the play-by-play and Adam Nigon handling the analysis.
• The game will have live audio on CSURams.com and live stats on GameTracker.

2016-17 Rams Quick Hits
• The 2016-17 season marks the 115th in the history of the Colorado State men’s basketball program. The Rams are 1,229-1,227 (.501) in 2,456 games all-time.
• Colorado State is under the direction of coaching veteran Larry Eustachy, who is in his fifth season at the helm of the Rams’ program and his 26th as a Division I head coach in 2015-16. Eustachy reached the 500-win plateau in his coaching career with the 85-58 victory over Air Force, Jan. 7.
• Colorado State men’s basketball concluded the 2015-16 season in the Mountain West Tournament Semifinals and finished the year with an 18-16 overall record, including 8-10 in MW play.
• Colorado State basketball declined postseason invitations last year after much consideration of the events as well as the status of the team after the season. The program earned its sixth invitation for postseason play in the last seven years.
• CSU lost four of its five starters, including leading scorers Antwan Scott, a Second Team All-Mountain West selection, and Joe De Ciman, who was the only player from Larry Eustachy’s first CSU team to play all four years.

• For broadcasting quick hits, current averages and career highs on individual players, go to the back page of the notes for a Radio/TV chart that includes that information.

The Coaches
• Colorado State Head Coach Larry Eustachy (Long Beach State, ‘79) is in his fifth season at the helm of the Rams and holds a 100-56 (.641) record at CSU and 502-314 (.615) overall coaching record in his 26th season. Last season, CSU posted an 18-16 mark, including 8-10 in Mountain West play, and advanced to the MW Championship semifinals.
• San Diego State Head Coach Steve Fisher (Illinois State, ‘67) is in his 18th season as leader of the Aztecs with a 378-203 record and 26th as a head coach overall with a 562-285 mark.

All-Time Against Today’s Opponent
• This will be the 79th meeting ever between the two schools, with San Diego State holding a slim 40-38 lead in the overall series, though it is tied in conference games at 36 wins apiece. Last year, the two teams met twice, with the Aztecs pulling out both wins by a combined nine points. SDSU has won the last four and six of the last seven contests overall. In San Diego, CSU has not won since Feb. 1, 2003 when the Rams escaped with a 72-69 win.
• CSU head coach Larry Eustachy is just 3-8 all-time against San Diego State, including 0-4 in Viejas Arena.
• Against all current teams from the Mountain West Conference, CSU is 352-401 and 137-245 on the road. Head coach Larry Eustachy is 78-64 overall in his career against the MW, but just 23-41 on the road.

(Conference: 36-36)
Home: 25-11 / Away: 12-25 / Neutral: 1-4
(Complete Game-by-Game Results on Page 14)

Eustachy vs. San Diego State
Overall: 3-8 (2-7 at CSU)
(Home 2-2 / Away 0-4 / Neutral 1-2)
Date Loc Coached W/L Score
12/6/97 N Utah State W 64-61
11/20/05 N Southern Miss L 51-79
1/12/13 A Colorado State L-ot 72-79
2/13/13 H Colorado State W 66-60
1/1/14 H Colorado State L 61-71
2/1/14 A Colorado State L 56-65
1/24/15 H Colorado State W 79-73
2/14/15 A Colorado State L 63-72
3/13/15 N Colorado State L 43-56
1/13/16 H Colorado State L 62-69
2/2/16 A Colorado State L 67-69

A Win Over San Diego State Will...
• Get the overall series to just a one-game difference at 40-39 SDSU while improving CSU’s mark against the Aztecs in Mountain West games to 11-24.
• Give Larry Eustachy his 101st win in three-plus seasons at CSU and the 503rd of his 26-year career.
• Move Eustachy’s record to 4-8 against the Aztecs all-time and 3-7 while at CSU.

Mountain West Record
• Colorado State - a charter member of the Mountain West - is now 111-157 (.414) in regular-season action against MW foes since the formation of the league in 1999-2000.
• Head coach Larry Eustachy is 44-34 (.564) in MW regular-season action in his time at Colorado State and 47-38 including tournament games.

Eustachy Among the Elite
• CSU head coach Larry Eustachy has ranked among the best coaches in his sport for nearly two and a half decades. Now in his 26th season as a mentor at the NCAA Division I level, he just got his 500th career win against Air Force earlier this month, becoming the 62nd Division I head coach (solely counting wins at the Division I level) to reach that milestone ever.
• His 502 wins ranks 18th among active NCAA Division I coaches (same standard) and is now tied with Billy Donovan (Marshall, Florida) for No. 61.
• The four others that could reach the 500-win level this year, within reason, are Eustachy, Leonard Hamilton (Florida State - 496), John Beilein (Michigan - 495), Jay Wright (Villanova - 495) and Mark Few (Gonzaga - 486).
• In his first season at the helm of the Rams’ program, Eustachy became the only head coach in NCAA Division I history to lead five different programs - CSU, Southern Miss, Iowa State, Utah State and Idaho - to 24 or more wins in a season.
• With a career record of 502-314 (.615), Eustachy ranks as one of just 75 head coaches (out of 351 Division I programs) to have a .600 or better win percentage with a minimum of five years experience. He entered the season tied for 57th on the list, and is one of just 33 coaches in the ranking with at least 20 years of Division I experience.

Moving Up the CSU Coaching Ranks
• CSU head coach Larry Eustachy continues to move up the record chart for the Rams in victories.
• Already starting the season with the highest winning percentage among coaches with at least four years at the school, Eustachy moved from seventh to fourth in career wins over the course of the season, passing Boyd Grant (1988-91) with his 82nd win on Feb. 6, 2016 vs. Nevada.
• Eustachy reached the 100-win plateau at CSU faster than any other coach in school history and is just three wins back of Dale Layer (103, 2001-07) in third.
Rk Name Yrs Gms Won Lost Pct.
1. Jim Williams (1955-80) 26 645 352 293 .546
2. Stew Morrill (1992-98) 7 207 121 86 .585
3. Dale Layer (2001-07) 7 209 103 106 .493
4. Larry Eustachy (2012-16) 5 156 100 56 .641
5. Boyd Grant (1988-91) 4 127 81 46 .638
6. Tony McAndrews (1981-87) 7 200 80 120 .400
7. Tim Miles (2007-2012) 5 159 71 88 .447
8. Harry Hughes (1912-25) 14 139 60 79 .432
9. Bill Strannigan (1951-54) 4 116 60 56 .517

National Rankings (Team/Players)
(as of Jan. 26, 2017)
Team (Top 60 of 347 Division I teams)
Free Throws Made 396 9th
Free Throw Attempts 536 15th
Field Goal Percentage Def. 40.2 39th
3-Pt. Field Goal Percentage Def. 31.3 44th
Rebounding Offense 39.00 51st
Free Throw Percentage 73.9 60th

Players (top 100 nationally)

Emmanuel Omogbo
Defensive Rebounds Per Game 7.95 9th
Total Rebounds 225 9th
Rebounds Per Game 10.7 11th
Double-Doubles 11 15th
Free Throw Attempts 117 84th
Offensive Rebounds Per Game 2.76 90th
Prentiss Nixon
Free Throw Percentage 85.4 69th

Road Struggles
• CSU picked up its second MW road win at Utah State, Jan. 21, and is now 3-4 on the road this year.
• Under head coach Larry Eustachy, CSU is 22-33 (.400) on the road, above the national average of 32.4 percent.
• Last season, the Rams were 6-11 in games away from Moby Arena, snapping a five-game skid with the win over San Jose State in the neutral-site game at the MW Tournament in Las Vegas.

Rebounding Emphasis Noted
• Head coach Larry Eustachy makes rebounding one of his top priorities in all practices and games and it shows in his record, as CSU is 88-28 under the leader when winning the glass.
• The Rams have won the battle of the boards in 13 of their 21 games this season, going 12-1 in those contests.
• Colorado State is +3.6 on the glass in its 21 games with at least one player with a double-figure rebounding total in 14 of 21 games.
• Last season, CSU finished second in the Mountain West and ranked 25th nationally at 39.97 rebounds per game as well as second in the MW and 35th in the country with a +5.4 rebounding margin.

Adjusting Over the Halftime Break
• CSU has made good adjustments on both ends of the floor during the halftime intermission this season.
• In 19 of 21 games so far, the Rams have improved their shooting from the floor, percentage wise, from the first half to the second half. Combined, CSU has shot 38.8 percent (240-of-619) in the first half as compared to 47.0 percent (262-of-557) in the second half.
• Defensive adjustments have also been evident, as opponents have shot a lower percentage from first to second half from the field in 10 of the 21 games (CSU 6-4 in those contests).
• The totals have definitely translated to the scoreboard, as CSU, as the Rams average scoring +0.7 compared to opponents in the opening half but improve to +3.6 in the second half.

Quick Bits Under Eustachy
• CSU is 88-7 (35-3 MW) when leading with five minutes to play under head coach Larry Eustachy and 91-7 (38-4 MW) when leading with two minutes to go.
• The 21-point loss at Fresno State, Jan. 18, 2017 was a rarity, as it was just the second time that a Eustachy-led CSU team has lost to a MW foe by more than 15 points (15-2 in his five years in MW games decided by 16 points or more.
• The Rams are 85-26 (35-14 MW) when shooting more free throws than their opponent and 89-23 (38-12 MW) when opponent commits more fouls overall.
• When Colorado State forces more turnovers than it gives up, the good guys have posted a 56-16 overall record.
• When the Rams shoot at least 45 percent from the floor, they are 59-6 (25-4 MW) in five years under Eustachy.
• Last year, CSU was 12-4 when leading at halftime, 13-1 when leading with five minutes remaining and 14-3 when ahead with two minutes to go.

Last Time Out - vs. San Jose State
• Head Coach Larry Eustachy earned his 100th victory at Colorado State as his Rams defeated San Jose State Spartans, 81-72, Wednesday evening in Moby Arena.
• The Rams started the game off hot, hitting their first four shots from the floor, as CSU got an early 11-5 lead. The Spartans made their own run in the opening period, including 5-of-6 from the three-point arc, to take a lead at 19-17. From that point, there were four lead changes before the Rams went into halftime with a 33-29 lead.
• Colorado State extended its lead to 11 early in the second half on a 7-0 run on five points from senior Gian Clavell and a layup by sophomore guard Prentiss Nixon made it 40-19 less than two minutes in. The Rams pushed it to as many as 15 three times in the second half, but the visitors clawed back into it late, trimming the margin to six with just over a minute to play. From there, CSU connected on 10-of-12 free throws in that final segment to earn the victory.
• The Rams shot 49.1 percent (28-of-57) from the floor for the game and outrebounded the Spartans 42-29. Colorado State also went a crucial 20-of-26 (76.9 percent) from the charity stripe. San Jose State shot 41 percent (24-of-58) for the game, including 10-of-26 from three-point arc, but struggled from the free throw line, shooting 60.9 percent (14-of-23).
• Clavell and senior forward Emmanuel Omogbo led the Rams with double-doubles, as the duo posted a combined 36 points and 23 rebounds. Clavell’s 24 points led the Rams, while his 12 rebounds were a season-high. Four other Rams finished with double figures -- Nixon (17), Omogbo (12), redshirt-sophomore guard J.D. Paige (10) and redshirt-freshman Nico Carvacho (10) . Sophomore forward Brandon Clarke paced the Spartans with 24 points and 12 rebounds.(See page 18 for the box score from this game.)

Last Year’s Meetings with SDSU
• Junior guard John Gillon’s driving layup rattled off as time expired and the Colorado State men’s basketball team fell at Mountain West leader San Diego State, 69-67, Feb. 2, 2016.
• Colorado State got the offense going early and built a 25-15 lead midway through the first half, as the Rams hit five three-pointers in the first 12 minutes. The Aztecs battled back, as CSU was just 2-of-17 from the field in the final eight minutes as SDSU put together a 17-7 run to close the period and take a 32-28 lead into the halftime break.
• The partisan crowd continued to make their presence felt in the second half, but the Rams handled it well overall, hitting 58.3 percent from the floor in the final period and keeping it a battle. CSU eventually took a lead at 43-42 just over six minutes in and had several other leads and tied throughout the period. However, the Rams could not ever get it to a two-possession lead and for the seventh time in nine MW games, it went into the final minute as a one-possession contest. SDSU led at 66-65 and back-to-back turnovers eventually turned into a three-point lead for the Aztecs. CSU cut it to one on a pair of Gillon free throws and then went back to two when Winston Shephard hit 1-of-2, setting up the final attempt that fell just off.
• Colorado State finished the game 42.9 percent (24-of-56) from the field and an impressive 43.5 percent (10-of-23) from the three-point line. San Diego State was 44.6 percent (25-of-56) from the field but just 23.5 percent (4-of-17) from the three-point arc. SDSU managed to get to the free throw line 21 times, converting 15 of them (71.4 percent) while CSU was just 9-of-14 (64.3 percent). The Aztecs held a solid advantage on the glass, 38-28, and converted 13 offensive rebounds into 17 points.
• CSU was led by senior guard Joe DeCiman with 17 points and six rebounds, while freshman Prentiss Nixon had 15 points, including three triples, and four rebounds. Senior guard Antwan Scott was the only other Ram in double figures with 12 points and five boards. San Diego State was led by Trey Kell with a game-high 19 points while Jeremy Hemsley had 16.
(See page 19 for complete box score)

• Colorado State men’s basketball team had its fourth-straight Mountain West game go down to the final possessions, with CSU losing a tight 69-62 decision to league-leader San Diego State, Jan. 13.
• This was a tight contest throughout, with neither team managing a lead more than seven in the contest. The Rams managed a slim 31-29 halftime lead through a strong defensive performance.
• The teams went back and forth in the second half, exchanging several leads. After the Rams had the advantage at 51-48, San Diego State went on a 6-0 run over 1:41 to take a 54-51 lead with 6:06 to go in the contest. Senior guard Joe DeCiman three tied it at 54 and the teams were tied again at 56, but CSU would not be able to get the lead. CSU and SDSU were tied two more times, including at 62 with 1:02 to go. Trey Kell’s floater found a home with 47 seconds to go to give the Aztecs the lead for good as the visitors hit 5-of-6 free throws after that basket to seal the win.
• San Diego State shot 43.9 percent (25-of-57) from the floor, including 51.9 percent (14-of-27) in the second half. Colorado State connected on just 40.4 percent (21-of-52) of its shots from the field, being limited to 34.6 percent (9-of-26) in the final period. CSU won the battle of the boards, 36-30, but gave up five more turnovers than the visitors.
(See page 20 for complete box score)

Taking Charity
• For the season, CSU is 73.9 percent from the charity line, ranking ninth nationally in free throws made and 15th in free throws attempted.
• The Rams have also made 396 free throws while their opponents have combined for just 403 total attempts.
• In the win at Colorado Nov. 30, the Rams made their first 18 free throws in a row, a key reason that CSU won the road game.
• However in their loss at Long Beach State Dec. 22, the Rams shot a season-low 40.0 percent (8-of-20) from the free throw line.
• Last year, Colorado State did its job overall at the free throw line in its 34 games, connecting on 71.8 percent (618-of-861) of its attempts. The Rams were a touch lower at 70.2 percent (308-of-439) from the line in conference action.
• The Rams made 618 free throw attempts in 2015-16, while their opponents had just 703 total attempts from the line. CSU ranked 19th nationally in free throws made and 18th in free throw attempts.

Double-Double, Omogbo’s Trouble
• Senior forward Emmanuel Omogbo has been a load for opposing teams since late last season, overcoming the family tragedy in January 2015.
• Omogbo currently leads the Mountain West and ranks 12th nationally at 10.7 rebounds a game to go with his 13.2 points a contest and league-high 11 double-doubles (15th in NCAA Division I).
• This year, Omogbo ranks in the CSU record book in:
- 1st in single-season defensive rebound average (8.0)
- 4th in single season rebounding average (10.7)
- 7th in single-season defensive rebounds (167)
- 9th in single-season offensive rebound average (2.8)
- 3rd in career offensive rebound average (2.96)
- 3rd in career defensive rebound average (6.1)
- 7th in career rebounding average (9.0 rpg)
- 14th in career defensive rebounds (330)
- 17th in career offensive rebounds (160)
- Closing in on lists for single-season total rebounds and career rebounds

• He had 13 points and 11 boards against Kansas State at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Dec. 17, before his double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds against UNLV, Dec. 28.
• He just missed a double-double with a career-high 22 points and game-high nine rebounds at Boise State, Dec. 31. However he followed it up with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win at San Jose State, Jan. 4.
• Omogbo had team-highs 20 points and season-high 16 rebounds at Utah State, Jan. 21, before his more recent 12-point, 11-rebound outing in the win over San Jose State, Jan. 25.
• For his CSU career, Omogbo now has 19 double-doubles.

Clavell Can Fill It
• Redshirt-senior guard Gian Clavell is having a strong return to the Rams’ lineup in his final collegiate season after receiving a medical redshirt for last season.
• He returned to the lineup Dec. 10 against Northern Colorado after sitting out the first nine contests due to a suspension for a violation of CSU’s Student-Athlete Code of Conduct. He scored 15 points off the bench in the Rams’ victory. He then followed it up with 16 points versus Kansas State at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Dec. 17.
• He had his first double-double of the year with 21 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in the win over UNLV, Dec. 28. He followed it up with 22 points at Boise State, Dec. 31.
• Clavell scored a season-high 28 points, including a team season-best five three-pointers, in the win over Air Force, Jan. 7. The 28 points were the most he has scored in his career in a 40-minute game.
• The guard had his third double-double of the season and six of his CSU career with 24 points and a season-best 12 rebounds against San Jose State, Jan. 25.
• Clavell currently leads the team in scoring at 16.9 points per game, having scored in double figures in 11 of his 12 appearances this season. He also is shooting 45.2 percent from the floor, 36.8 percent from the three-point line and grabbing 6.3 rebounds a contest.
• The 6-4 native of Puerto Rico was second in the Mountain West and 23rd nationally at 20.8 points per game in 2015-16 while ranking 11th in the nation at a staggering 36:54 per contest when he broke his hand prior to the Kansas State game. At the time of his injury, he led the team with 27 made three pointers, ranked second in rebounding at 6.9 per contest and had a career-high 35 points in a double-overtime loss to UTEP early last season.

Nixon Does It All
• Sophomore Prentiss Nixon has become an integral part of the CSU lineup this season.
• The guard has averaged 13.1 points per game this year, scoring in double figures in 14 games, including the last eight straight (all MW contests where he is averaging 15.8 points per game - 11th in the MW in conference games).
• He scored a career-high 30 points against Kansas State and surpassed his season high from last year four times.
• Nixon has also been stellar on the defensive end of the floor, drawing a team-high 21 charges/offensive fouls this season and creating 19 steals, fourth on the team.

Paige Wheeling & Dealing
• Redshirt-sophomore J.D. (or as Coach Eustachy calls him Jeremiah) Paige has been adjusting well to his new role within CSU’s offense.
• Paige leads CSU assists (2.8 apg) and steals (1.1 spg) and is fourth in scoring (8.4 ppg) and second in blocks (0.8 bpg).
• The Denver, Colo., native had a solid outing against Alcorn State (11/23), recording career bests of 23 points and six assists in the home victory.

Young Guards Stepping Up Scoring
• Redshirt-sophomore J.D. Paige and sophomore Prentiss Nixon are both showing what a year of college basketball can do for confidence and skills.
• Last season, Paige averaged 4.9 points a game and shot just 33.8 percent from the field, while Nixon was 4.8 points and 38.9 percent from the floor.
• This year, the duo has increased their scoring averages by more than double combined, as Nixon is at 13.1 points per game while Paige is currently at 8.4 points per contest.

Carvacho Growing On the Floor
• Redshirt-freshman center Nico Carvacho is showing his increased comfort level on the floor for the Rams.
• Carvacho had a breakout game at Colorado, Nov. 30, scoring 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting and grabbing 9 rebounds.
• Against Northern Colorado Dec. 10, he posted his first collegiate double-double of 13 points (5-of-6 FG) and 11 boards.
• Recently, he had 12 points on 5-of-7 FG and six rebounds at Fresno State, Jan. 18.
• He tallied his third double-figure scoring game of the year with 10 points and eight rebounds in the win versus San Jose State, Jan. 25.
• He leads the Rams at 53.2 percent (42-of-79) from the field and is fourth in rebounding at 4.8 per game.

#TeamTogether Is Real
• Head coach Larry Eustachy preaches the Team Together concept and it is showing on the floor.
• CSU had six different players lead the team in scoring in its first 10 games.
• Also, 10 players are averaging at least 12 minutes a game so far this season, showing that they can all be counted on to contribute at various times. However, the roster will be reduced by three players for the remainder of the season with one walk-on addition, due to academic issues.

Moby Arena Homecourt Advantage
• CSU has a record of 533-215 (.715) record all-time at Moby Arena.
• The Rams are 67-17 (.798) under Larry Eustachy in games played at Moby Arena.
• Colorado State finished the 2015-16 regular season 12-5 at Moby Arena. With the double-overtime win over Boise State, Feb. 10, the Rams guaranteed a winning home record for the seventh straight season, including all four under head coach Larry Eustachy.
• At 15-2 in 2014-15 at Moby, it marked the fourth time in program history that CSU has won at least 15 home games.
• The Rams finished the regular-season one win shy of the best home mark in program history (16-1 in 2012-13). CSU went 15-2 at Moby in 1987-88.

It’s TV Time For the Rams
• All of Colorado State’s home conference games will be available via network broadcasts, with all 18 MW handled by major partners. In total for the year, Colorado State has a combined 23 games selected for broadcast on CBS Sports Network (seven), ROOT Sports (seven), ESPN networks (five) and Mountain West Network on Campus Insiders (two) along with a pair of Pac-12 Network road games.
• The selection of games by the Mountain West’s television partners shifted five of the Rams’ league games to Tuesday nights, including Boise State (ESPN3 on Jan. 31), Utah State (ROOT Sports on Feb. 7), at Wyoming (ROOT Sports on Feb. 14), at New Mexico (CBS Sports Network on Feb. 21) and Wyoming at home (ROOT Sports on Feb. 28). Additionally, the game against UNLV on Dec. 28 was on ESPNU.

Returning/Lost...By the Numbers
• The Rams added several key newcomers for 2016-17 as Colorado State looked to fill some gaps from last year’s production on the floor.
• Here is a quick look at what the Rams returned in major statistical categories:
Category Total (R/L) % Returning
> Scoring 2700 (942 / 1758) 34.9%
> Rebounding 1246 (500 / 746) 40.1%
> Assists 455 (156 / 299) 34.3%
> Blocks 77 (31 / 46) 40.3%
> Steals 131 (39 / 92) 29.8%
> Minutes 7000 (2461 / 4539) 35.2%

Stacking of the Classes
• CSU finally has the stack of classes that head coach Larry Eustachy has desired since taking over the program, though it won’t take effect until next season.
• Because of four experienced Division I transfers sitting out, next year’s roster is scheduled to have three seniors, five juniors and four sophomores with college playing experience along with one JUCO transfer.

Eustachy’s Contract Extended
• Colorado State Director of Athletics Joe Parker announced a one-year extension to the contract of head men’s basketball coach Larry Eustachy. This guarantees that Eustachy will remain at the helm of the Rams through the 2020-21 season.

Omogbo MW Player of the Week
• Colorado State senior forward Emmanuel Omogbo was named the Mountain West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Nov. 28. This was the first time that Omogbo has earned the honor.
• The leading rebounder in the conference, Omogbo continued to assert himself in all phases, recording a double-double in each of the three games this week, leading the Rams to victories in all three. He averaged 14.7 points and 13.7 rebounds for the week while shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 73.7 percent from the free throw line.
• The week started against Maryland Eastern Shore Nov. 23, as Omogbo had 11 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high four assists in the win. He had a season-high 16 rebounds with 18 points (just two off career high) in the win over Southeastern Louisiana, Nov. 25. Then he followed it up with 15 points and 15 rebounds in the week-ending victory over Alcorn State, Nov. 27. He also handed out nine assists for the week against just two turnovers. His three double-doubles upped his total to four this season and 12 in his CSU career.

Mountain West Tourney Around the Corner
• The 2017 Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championship is back in Las Vegas, March 9-12. All-session passes are available for the postseason tournament that includes a NCAA Tournament berth to the winner by going to theMW.com.

Coaches’ Shows Are Back
• The Coors Light Basketball Coaches Show, featuring men’s head coach Larry Eustachy and women’s head coach Ryun Williams are back on Monday nights at 6 p.m. at Lucky Joe’s in Old Town Fort Collins. All fans are invited to join the coaches and get the update on both programs through the first weeks of the season.
• The remaining Monday dates for the Basketball Coaches’ Shows are: Jan. 30, and Feb. 6, 13 & 27.

Looking Ahead
• Colorado State will come back to the friendly confines of Fort Collins to host Boise State, Jan. 31.
• Tip off at Moby Arena for the second game of the regular-season series between the Rams and Broncos is set for 7 p.m. MT as the game will be televised on ESPN 3.
• It will also air across the Colorado State Sports Network, including flagship KARS 102.9 FM, with Brian Roth on the play-by-play and Adam Nigon handling the analysis.



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