Game notes: CSU hosts 13/12 SDSU Saturday afternoon at Moby Arena

Jan. 27, 2012

Colorado State vs. 13/12 San Diego State | Game 20
Jan. 28, 2012 | 2 p.m. MT | Fort Collins, Colo. | Moby Arena (8,745)

13-6, 2-2 MW
Last Game
at New Mexico (L, 85-52)
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
Head Coach
Overall Record
276-214 (17th Season)
Record at CSU
64-82 (Fifth Season)
18-2, 4-0 MW
Last Game
at Wyoming (W, 52-42)
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
13 | 12
Head Coach
Steve Fisher
Overall Record
434-236 (21st Full Season)
Record at SDSU
250-154 (13th Season)
Minutes Played/Game
Dorian Green (33.3)
Wes Eikmeier (15.6)
Pierce Hornung (7.2)
Dorian Green (34)
Jesse Carr (51)
Will Bell (14)
Pierce Hornung (26)
Field-Goal %
Pierce Hornung (.719)
Free-Throw %
Wes Eikmeier (.872)
Three-Point %
Dorian Green (.493)
Minutes Played/Game
Xavier Thames (33.1)
 Chase Tapley (16.4)
 Jamaal Franklin (6.8)
 Chase Tapley (49)
 Xavier Thames (85)
Chase Tapley (14)
 Chase Tapley (41)
Field-Goal %
DeShawn Stephens (.608)
Free-Throw %
LaBradford Franklin (.840)
Three-Point %
Chase Tapley (.467)
Category CSU SDSU
Points/Game 72.3 72.8
Points Allowed/Game 70.4 60.7
Field-Goal % .487 .471
Opponent Field-Goal % .447 .384
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage .418 .359
Opponent Three-Point % .368 .315
Free-Throw % .762 .666
Rebounds/Game 30.3 38.0
Rebounding Margin -0.1 +4.9
Assists/Game 12.2 13.4
Turnovers/Game 13.2 13.0
Opponent Turnovers/Game 13.1 13.8
Steals/Game 5.8 6.5
Blocks/Game 2.1 2.5
Television: NBC Sports Network
Play-by-play: Ted Robinson
Color Analyst: Blaine Fowler
     DirecTV: 603 (HD)
     Comcast Digital: 55 | 689 (HD)
     Dish Network: 151 (HD)
Radio:Colorado State Sports Network
Voice of the Rams: Brian Roth
     Denver: 560 AM (KLZ)
     Fort Collins: 600 AM (KCOL)
Live Stats: Gametracker

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Opening tip
• The CSU men's basketball team returns to Fort Collins to host Mountain West leader No. 13/12 San Diego State at Moby Arena. 
• Tipoff between the Rams and the Aztecs is set for 2 p.m. MT Saturday, and the game will be broadcast live nationally on the NBC Sports Network.
• Ted Robinson (play-by-play) and Blaine Fowler (analyst) will call the action courtside. The game can be found on Comcast Digital Cable (55 and 689), DirecTV (603) and Dish Network (151).
• Brian Roth will have the call on the Colorado State Sports Network, 560 AM KLZ (Denver) and 600 AM KCOL (Fort Collins).
• Streaming audio and Gametracker live stats are also available at

Rams quick hits
• Colorado State looks to rebound from back-to-back road losses, against Wyoming and New Mexico, which snapped an eight-game winning streak between Dec. 19 and Jan. 17. 
• Four Rams scored in double-figures in Wednesday's loss at New Mexico, with junior guards Wes Eikmeier and Dorian Green, and senior forward Will Bell each tallying 11 points.  Junior forward Pierce Hornung added 10 points and team-leading seven rebounds in the contest. 
• Colorado State juniors Dorian Green and Greg Smith are among an elite group of nine players in the Mountain West to rank on the league's top-20 charts in both scoring and rebounding this season.  Green, the shortest player on that list at 6-2, is sixth in scoring (13.5 ppg.) and 18th in rebounding (4.2 rpg). Smith is 19th in scoring (10.6 ppg) and 10th in rebounding (4.7 rpg).
• Entering Saturday's game vs. the Aztecs, the CSU men's basketball team ranks among the most efficient offensive teams in the country.  The Rams lead the Mountain West in field-goal percentage (.487), three-point percentage (.418) and free-throw percentage (.762). 
• Colorado State has been excellent this season in close games, posting a 7-1 mark in contests decided by 10 or fewer points, with narrow victories over Montana, UTSA, Manhattan, Colorado, UTEP, Denver and TCU. The Rams' lone loss in a game decided by 10 or fewer points came at Northern Iowa.
• Colorado State has been nearly perfect at home this season, posting a 9-1 record in the friendly confines of Moby Arena.  The Rams' lone home loss came Nov. 19 against Southern Miss.  Since then, CSU has won eight straight home games, including a pair of Mountain West victories over TCU and Boise State. 
• The Rams enter Saturday's contest looking for their first win against a ranked opponent since the 2003-04 season. 
• CSU's last win vs. a ranked opponent came March 11, 2004 at the MW tournament against No. 25 Air Force (60-48). 
• The Rams' last home win over a ranked foe came Dec. 30, 2003 when Micheal Morris' "Miracle at Moby" produced two three-pointers in the final seven-tenths of a second to rally the Rams to a 71-69 win over No. 22/21 Purdue. 

About San Diego State
• The No. 13/12 San Diego State Aztecs enter Saturday's contest alone in first place in the Mountain West standings with a 4-0 league mark and an 18-2 overall record.  
• The Aztecs have won 11 straight contests since a Dec. 4 home victory over No. 24/23 California (64-63).  During that stretch, SDSU has also defeated No. 12/12 UNLV (69-67) at home, and picked up a 75-70 road win over conference preseason favorite New Mexico. 
• SDSU is 5-1 away from Viejas Arena this season, with the lone loss coming Nov. 15 at No. 11/12 Baylor (77-67). 
• Head coach Steve Fisher is in his 13th season at San Diego State, where he is 250-154 and has led the Aztecs to three MW regular-season titles and four MW tourney championships.  Fisher is in his 21st full season overall, with a 434-236 record and three Final Four appearances to his credit. 
• The Aztecs offense features the No. 1 and No. 3 scorers in the Mountain West, in junior guard Chase Tapley (16.4 ppg) and sophomore guard Jamaal Franklin (15.2 ppg).  Sophomore guard Xavier Thames (11.1 ppg) and junior guard James Rahon (10.1 ppg.) also average double-figures scoring for the Aztecs. 
• Jamaal Franklin ranks third in the league in rebounding (6.8 rpg), while Chase Tapley is 17th (4.4 rpg).  The duo joins CSU's Dorian Green and Greg Smith on an elite list of nine players that rank among the MW's top 20 in both scoring and rebounding. 
• As a team, the Aztecs rank fourth in the MW in both scoring offense (72.8 ppg) and scoring defense (60.7 ppg). SDSU ranks 23rd nationally, and second in the MW, in field-goal percentage defense holding opponents to 38.8 percent shooting. 

Series vs. San Diego State
• Saturday's matchup between the Rams and Aztecs marks the 67th in the series between the programs.
• Colorado State leads the series, 35-31.
• SDSU has won nine straight in the series since the Rams' last victory, 69-64, in the 2007 MW tournament. 
• The Rams lead 22-8 all-time in games played against the Aztecs in Fort Collins. 
• The Aztecs have won six straight at Moby Arena since the CSU captured a 93-88 overtime victory at home during the 2004-05 season. 
• The series between the schools dates back to 1961-62 season, when CSU picked up a 71-57 road victory on Dec. 30, 1961.
• The programs have faced off at least twice each season as conference foes since 1978-79, with the exception of 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons in which they competed in different divisions of the Western Athletic Conference. 
• In 27 matchups since the formation of the Mountain West in 1999-2000, the Rams trail 19-8.   
• Head Coach Tim Miles is 0-9 vs. San Diego State in five seasons at CSU.
• Last season, the Aztecs swept the Rams, escaping with a 56-54 victory in Fort Collins thanks to D.J. Gay's game-winning jumper with 1.8 seconds left on the clock.  SDSU also picked up a 66-48 victory over the Rams at Viejas Arena in San Diego.   

A win over San Diego State will...
• Move the Rams to 14-6 overall and 3-2 in the Mountain West.
• Extend the Rams' home-court winning streak to nine games, and improve CSU's home record to 10-1. 
• Push CSU's home-court winning streak vs. Mountain West foes to four games. 
• Snap the Rams' 16-game losing streak against ranked opponents and give CSU its first win over a top-25 team since March 11, 2004 vs. No. 25 Air Force (60-48) at the MW tournament.
• End the Ram's six-game home-court losing streak against ranked opponents. CSU's last home victory over a top-25 foe came Dec. 30, 2003 when Micheal Morris' "Miracle at Moby" produced two three-pointers in the final seven-tenths of a second to rally the Rams to a 71-69 win over No. 22/21 Purdue. 
• Give the Rams their first victory over SDSU in nine tries dating back to March 8, 2007, a 69-64 win in the MW tournament.

The Ram Report with Tim Miles
• Episode 3 of The Ram Report with Tim Miles taped Monday afternoon at Moby Arena.
• The weekly broadcast schedule includes air time on:
  - The Mtn. (Comcast Ch. 411): Tues.-Fri. at 7:30 and 9 p.m.
  - CSU-TV (Comcast Ch. 11) - Tues. at 5 p.m.
  - NoCo5 (Comcast Ch. 8) - Wed. at 5:30 and 10:35 p.m.
• Full episodes are also available via CSU's Youtube Channel.
Looking ahead
• The Colorado State men's basketball travels to Las Vegas, Nev., for a Wednesday night matchup with No. 15/12-ranked UNLV.
• Tipoff between the Rams and the Runnin' Rebels is set for 8:30 p.m. MT Wednesday and the game will be broadcast live nationally on The Mtn.
• Rich Cellini (play-by-play) and Joe Cravens (analyst) will call the action courtside. The game can be found on Comcast Digital Cable (411) and DirecTV (616).
• Brian Roth will have the call on the Colorado State Sports Network, 560 AM KLZ (Denver) and 600 AM KCOL (Fort Collins).
• Streaming audio and Gametracker live stats are also available at



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