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Preview: CSU returns home to host Boise State, Jan. 31

Gian Clavell ranks 3rd in the MW in conference-only scoring after his career-high 37 points at San Diego State
Jan. 30, 2017

2016-17 Colorado State Men's Basketball
Game #23 - Colorado State (14-8, 6-3) vs. Boise State (13-7, 6-3)
January 31, 2017 • 7 p.m. MT • Moby Arena (8,745) - Fort Collins, Colo.
TV: ESPN3 (Watch ESPN app)
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 is quickly back in action, hosting Boise State, Jan. 31.
• Tip off between the Rams and Broncos is set for 7 p.m. MT at Moby Arena, with the game televised on ESPN 3. Ari Wolfe is on the play-by-play and former college basketball coach Richie Schueler 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 1,230-1,227 (.502) in 2,457 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 101-56 (.643) record at CSU and 503-314 (.616) 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.
• Boise State Head Coach Leon Rice (Washington State, ‘86) is in his seventh season as leader of the Broncos and as a head coach overall with a 135-82 mark.

All-Time Against Today’s Opponent
• This will be the 19th meeting ever between the two schools, with CSU having a 10-8 advantage. The two teams split last year’s home-and-away series, with CSU getting the victory in Las Vegas at the MW Quarterfinals.
• CSU head coach Larry Eustachy is 13-10 all-time against Boise State (5-5 at CSU) but 9-2 on his home courts.
• Against all current teams from the Mountain West Conference, CSU is 353-401 and 220-138 at home. Head coach Larry Eustachy is 79-64 overall in his career against the MW, including 46-15 on home floors.

VS. BOISE STATE - 10-8
Conference: 4-6
Home: 8-1 / Away: 1-7 / Neutral: 1-0
(Complete Game-by-Game Results on Page 14)

CSU vs. Mountain West Conference
School Overall Home Away Neut.
Air Force 77-31 42-10 32-17 3-4
Boise State 10-8 8-1 1-7 1-0
Fresno State 16-15 12-2 2-11 2-2
Nevada 9-8 5-2 4-6 -
New Mexico 45-75 33-25 11-48 1-2
San Diego State 39-40 25-11 13-25 1-4
San José State 15-0 7-0 6-0 2-0
UNLV 15-37 11-14 4-22 0-1
Utah State 37-53 27-18 10-34 0-1
Wyoming 90-134 50-55 37-75 3-4
Totals 353-401 220-138 138-245 13-18

Eustachy vs. Mountain West Conference
School Overall Home Away Neut.
Air Force 9-0 5-0 4-0 0-0
Boise State 13-10 9-2 2-8 2-0
Colorado State 1-4 0-1 1-2 0-1
Fresno State 8-4 3-0 2-3 3-1
Nevada 14-9 9-1 4-8 1-0
New Mexico 2-7 2-3 0-4 0-0
San Diego State 4-8 2-2 1-4 1-2
San José State 14-3 7-1 6-1 1-1
UNLV 8-7 7-1 1-5 0-1
Utah State 2-5 0-2 2-2 0-1
Wyoming 4-7 2-2 1-4 1-1
Totals 79-64 46-15 24-41 9-8

A Win Over Boise State Will...
• Give CSU a slim 11-8 advantage in the historical series against Boise State, including 9-1 in Moby Arena.
• Give Larry Eustachy his 102nd win in five seasons at CSU and the 504th of his 26-year career.
• Move Eustachy’s record to 14-10 against the Broncos all-time and 5-5 while at CSU.

Scouting Boise State
• The Broncos are 13-7 on the season and tied for second with CSU at 6-3 in MW play.
• Picked to finish in fifth in the Mountain West preseason coaches’ poll, Boise State returned just one starter and five letterwinners from last season.
• This season, the Broncos are paced by junior guard Chandler Hutchison, who is leading the team in points, rebounds, steals and minutes. Senior forward Nick Duncan, the only returning starter from last year’s squad, is the team leader in three-pointers and is second in blocks and minutes.

Mountain West Record
• Colorado State - a charter member of the Mountain West - is now 112-157 (.416) in regular-season action against MW foes since the formation of the league in 1999-2000.
• Head coach Larry Eustachy is 45-34 (.570) in MW regular-season action in his time at Colorado State and 49-38 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 503 wins ranks 18th among active NCAA Division I coaches (same standard) and is No. 61 all-time (list below)
Current Rankings of Division I Wins for Head Coaches
57. Don DeVoe (five schools) 512
58. Nolan Richardson (Tulsa, Arkansas) 509
59. Hec Edmundson (Idaho, Washington) 508
60. Harold Anderson (Toledo, Bowling Green) 504
61. Larry Eustachy (current CSU) 503
62. Billy Donovan (Marshall, Florida) 502

• The four others that could reach the 500-win level this year, within reason, are Eustachy, Leonard Hamilton (Florida State - 496), John Beilein (Michigan - 496), Jay Wright (Villanova - 496) and Mark Few (Gonzaga - 488).
• 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 503-314 (.616), 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 two 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) 5 157 101 56 .643
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. 30, 2017)
Team (Top 60 of 347 Division I teams)
Free Throws Made 408 16th
Free Throw Attempts 550 20th
3-Pt. Field Goal Percentage Def. 31.1 36th
Field Goal Percentage Def. 40.4 38th
Rebounding Offense 38.73 52nd
Free Throw Percentage 74.2 57th

Players (top 100 nationally)

Emmanuel Omogbo
Total Rebounds 234 11th
Defensive Rebounds Per Game 7.77 12th
Rebounds Per Game 10.6 15th
Double-Doubles 11 20th
Offensive Rebounds Per Game 2.86 73rd
Free Throw Attempts 121 95th
Prentiss Nixon
Free Throw Percentage 85.4 63rd

Clavell Earns MW Player of Week Nod
• Senior guard Gian Clavell has been named the Mountain West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for games ending Jan. 29, the league announced.
• A key part of two victories for the Rams, Clavell averaged 30.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks for the week. He shot 24-of-42 (57.1 percent) from the field, 6-of-14 (42.9 percent) from the three-point arc and 7-of-8 (87.5 percent) at the charity stripe.
• Against San Jose State on Wednesday, Clavell picked up his third double-double of the season with season-high points (24) and rebounds (12) in the victory over the Spartans that gave head coach Larry Eustachy his 100th win at CSU. He was 10-of-19 from the floor and added two assists, one blocked shot and a game-high three steals.
•The Puerto Rico native saved his best for Saturday in the showdown at San Diego State, rallying the Rams from a 10-point halftime deficit for their first win at SDSU since 2003. Against the Aztecs, Clavell scored a career-high 37 points, including the game-winning layup with 3.8 seconds to play for the 78-77 CSU victory. Clavell was a solid 14-of-23 from the field for the game, including 4-of-6 from the three-point line. However his second half was one for the ages, as Clavell was 11-of-14 from the floor, scoring the final 12 points for the Rams as part of his 30 points in that 20-minute span. During that final 3:32 stretch, he connected on seven of the eight combined shots he took. He also had eight rebounds and two blocked shots in the game.

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.

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 22 games this season, going 12-1 in those contests.
• Colorado State is +3.5 on the glass in its 22 games with at least one player with a double-figure rebounding total in 14 of 22 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 20 of 22 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 38.4 percent (249-of-649) in the first half as compared to 47.8 percent (281-of-588) 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 22 games (CSU 6-4 in those contests).
• The totals have definitely translated to the scoreboard, as CSU, as the Rams average scoring +0.2 compared to opponents in the opening half but improve to +4.0 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 92-7 (39-4 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 60-6 (26-4 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 - at San Diego State
• Senior guard Gian Clavell’s driving layup with 3.8 seconds remaining lifted Colorado State’s men’s basketball team to a thrilling 78-77 victory at defending Mountain West regular-season champion San Diego State, Jan. 28. This was the Rams’ first win in San Diego since 2003.
• CSU trailed by as many as 13 with 16:16 to play, but chipped away and got the deficit down to just 1 at 50-49 just five minutes later. From there, SDSU bounced the lead back to as many as six before the visitors were able to tie it up at 64 on a 3-pointer from senior forward Emmanuel Omogbo. The teams were again tied at 66 before Clavell refused to be denied in the final minutes, scoring CSU’s final 12 points of the game, missing just a single field goal attempt down the stretch. The Rams led by as many as four at 76-72 with 1:31 to play, but the Aztecs took their final lead of the game with 10.1 seconds left on a pair of Trey Kell free throws, setting up the late game drama for the victory.
• The two teams went back and forth in the first half, as there were five ties and six lead changes when the Rams took a 23-22 lead. However, the host Aztecs closed the last four minutes of the half on an 11-0 run and took a 33-23 advantage into the halftime break.
• CSU hit 45.9 percent (28-of-61) of its shots, including a blistering 61.3 percent (19-of-31) in the second half. San Diego State finished at 44.8 percent (26-of-58) on its field goal attempts. The Rams connected on 7-of-8 from the three-point arc in the second half to finish 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) for the game while the Aztecs were just 6-of-22 (27.3 percent). Free throws were again a key for CSU, as the Rams were 12-of-14 (85.7 percent) from the charity stripe.
• The Rams were led by their seniors Clavell and Omogbo, who combined for 61 points on the day. Clavell scored a career-high 37 points, including going 11-of-14 from the floor in the second half, and added eight rebounds and two blocks. Omogbo also had a career high with 24 points, including a career-best four 3-pointers, while chipping in a game-high nine rebounds and three assists. SDSU had five players in double figures, led by Mailk Pope’s 19 points.
(See page 18 for the box score from this game.)

This Year’s Previous Meeting
• In its first road game of the Mountain West schedule, Colorado State could hold off the hosts in the final minute and fell at Boise State, 74-73, Dec. 31.
• The two teams battled back and forth in the final 20 minutes as the game was tied at 69 with 2:17 to go in the game. On CSU’s next possession, senior forward Emmanuel Omogbo put back a CSU miss for a two-point lead. A turnover and layup by the Broncos tied the game at 71 with 1:05 to play. The Rams could not score on their next chance but got the offensive rebound. Sophomore forward Braden Koelliker hit a fade away jumper as the shot clock expired to put the Rams up with 4.1 seconds to play. However, Chandler Hutchison drove the length of the floor and banked in a highly-guarded three-pointer as time expired for the victory.
• Both teams got off to a good start shooting the ball as it was 10-9 CSU early on before the Broncos took a 3-point lead at 13-10 with 13:29 to go in the opening period. CSU then put a 7-0 run together to take the lead and Boise State tied it at 17. However, the Rams held the Broncos scoreless for almost five minutes and eventually took a 32-25 lead into the halftime break.
• For the game, CSU shot just 22-of-56 (39.3 percent) while Boise State was 26-of-59 (44.1 percent). The free throw line was solid again for the Rams, as they were 21-of-25 (84.0 percent) as compared to 17-of-30 (56.7 percent) for the Broncos. Boise State won the boards, 39-37.
• Senior guard Gian Clavell had 22 points, while Omogbo scored a career-high 22 points and added eight rebounds and three assists. Sophomore guard Prentiss Nixon added 10 for the Rams. Boise State was led by Hutchison with 20 points, while Paris Austin had 18.
(See page 19 for complete box score)

Last Year’s Meeting in Fort Collins
• Given a second chance after a desperation three by Boise State was waved off at the end of the first overtime, the Colorado State men’s basketball put both sides together in the second overtime to pull out a 97-93 double-overtime victory over the Broncos, Feb. 10, 2016.
• It appeared each team would win the game prior to the second overtime. At the end of regulation, senior forward Tiel Daniels’ shot came up just short and then the Broncos’ James Webb III appeared to have banked a 3-pointer at the end of the first overtime period. However, the officials reviewed the play thoroughly and determined that the clock had not started on time. After timing the replay with a stopwatch overlay built into the replay system, they determined it was not released within 0.8 seconds of the ball touching Webb’s hand.
• Senior guard John Gillon had a big impact throughout the overtimes, scoring six points in the second overtime and 10 total in the two extra periods. With the game tied at 84 heading into the second bonus session, the Rams opened on a 9-0 run in the first three minutes and withstood a late charge from Broncos to earn the win.
• BSU led most of the first overtime and there were three ties as well, but CSU got its first lead on a layup by Gillon and then senior guard Antwan Scott hit 1-of-2 free throws to go up 84-82 with 29 seconds to go. Mikey Thompson hit his two free throws with 23 seconds to play to tie the game and Scott’s missed three-point attempt eventually led to the disallowed three-pointer drama.
• Colorado State shot 42.4 percent (28-of-66) from the three-point line and 35.5 percent (11-of-31) from the three-point line, but Boise State was better from the floor, shooting 45.5 percent (29-of-65) overall and a blistering 51.4 percent (18-of-35) from the arc. CSU took advantage of the free throw line, going there 41 times and converting 30 of them (73.2 percent) while the Broncos were 17-of-22 (77.3 percent). The Rams dominated the glass 49-34, including holding the visitors to just four offensive rebounds in the 50 minutes of play.
• CSU had six players in double figures, led by Scott and Gillon with 19 points apiece. Freshman guard Prentiss Nixon was next with 15, while Daniels had his third double-double of the year with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Junior forward Emmanuel Omogbo contributed 13 points and nine rebounds, while senior guard Joe DeCiman had 10 points. Senior guard Montigo Alford led the way for the Broncos, tallying a career-high 25 points on 8-14 shooting, including 7-11 behind the line.
(See page 20 for complete box score)

Taking Charity
• For the season, CSU is 74.2 percent from the charity line, ranking ninth nationally in free throws made and 15th in free throws attempted.
• The Rams have also made 408 free throws while their opponents have combined for just 431 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 15th nationally at 10.6 rebounds a game to go with his 13.7 points a contest (t-12th in MW) and league-high 11 double-doubles (20th in NCAA Division I).
• This year, Omogbo ranks in the CSU record book in:
- 1st in single-season defensive rebound average (7.8)
- 4th in single season rebounding average (10.6)
- 6th in single-season defensive rebounds (171)
- 9th in single-season offensive rebound average (2.8)
- 3rd in career offensive rebound average (3.00)
- 3rd in career defensive rebound average (6.07)
- 7th in career rebounding average (9.07 rpg)
- 14th in career defensive rebounds (334)
- 17th in career offensive rebounds (165)
- Closing in on lists for single-season offensive and 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.
• The senior scored a career-high 24 points, with 17 coming in the final half, in the win at San Diego State, Jan. 28.
• 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.
• Most recently, he was stellar on Jan. 28 in the team’s first win at San Diego State since 2003. Clavell had a career-high 37 points, including 30 in the second half on 11-of-14 shooting, and hit the game-winning layup with 3.8 seconds to play. He also added eight rebounds.
• Clavell currently leads the team in scoring at 18.5 points per game (3rd in MW play at 21.6 ppg), having scored in double figures in 12 of his 13 appearances this season. He also is shooting 47.1 percent from the floor, 39.2 percent from the 3-point line and grabbing 6.5 rebounds a game.

Nixon Does It All
• Sophomore Prentiss Nixon has become an integral part of the CSU lineup this season.
• The guard has averaged 12.6 points per game this year, scoring in double figures in 14 games, including a streak of eight straight (all MW contests where he is averaging 14.2 points per game - 13th 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 23 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 (2.7 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 12.6 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 52.5 percent (42-of-80) from the field and is fourth in rebounding at 4.7 per game.

Road Improvements
• CSU picked up its third MW road win at San Diego State, Jan. 28, and is now 4-4 on the road this year.
• Under head coach Larry Eustachy, CSU is 23-33 (.411) on the road, above the national average of 32.4 percent.
• Last season, the Rams were 6-11 in games away from Moby Arena.

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.

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 return to the road, heading to the Silver State for the first time year to take on UNLV, Feb. 4.
• Tip off between the Rams and Rebels at the Thomas & Mack Center, home again for the Mountain West Tournament, is set for 4 p.m. MT as the game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
• 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 Last Meeting
Colorado State73
Boise State74
December 31, 2016
Boise, Idaho
Recap: Rams lose 74-73 on buzzer-beater 3 at Boise State, Dec. 31
CSU leads for a majority of the game at the Broncos but Hutchison hits a highly-guarded banked 3 for the win.

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