TV: CBS Sports Network (DirectTV: 221 / Dish Network: 158 / Comcast Digital: 412 (HD))
• Colorado State will return to the road, heading to the Silver State for the first time this 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. Rich Waltz will handle the play-by-play and 11-year NBA veteran Danny Granger will be the color 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.
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 1,230-1,228 (.501) in 2,458 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.
• Colorado State Head Coach Larry Eustachy (Long Beach State, `79) is in his fifth season at the helm of the Rams and holds a 101-57 (.639) record at CSU and 503-315 (.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.
• UNLV Head Coach Marvin Menzies (UCLA, `87) is in his first season as leader of the Runnin' Rebels with a 10-13 mark and 10th season as a head coach overall with a 208-124 record. Menzies spent the previous nine seasons as head coach at New Mexico State.
All-Time Against Today's Opponent
• This will be the 53rd meeting ever between the two schools, with UNLV having a 37-15 advantage. The two teams split last year's meetings, each winning at home, and CSU took the first meeting this season in Fort Collins back in December.
• CSU head coach Larry Eustachy is 8-7 all-time against UNLV, but just 1-5 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
• Against all current teams from the Mountain West Conference, CSU is 353-402, including 138-245 on the road. Head coach Larry Eustachy is 79-65 overall in his career against the MW, including a 24-41 mark on road courts.
UNLV - 15-37
Home: 11-14 / Away: 4-22 / Neutral: 0-1
(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 10-9 8-2 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 353-402 220-139 138-245 13-18
Eustachy vs. Mountain West Conference
School Overall Home Away Neut.
Air Force 9-0 5-0 4-0 0-0
Boise State 13-11 9-3 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 79-65 46-16 24-41 9-8
A Win Over UNLV Will...
• Give CSU the season sweep over the Runnin' Rebels and improve the Rams record to 16-37 against UNLV, including just the program's fifth win in 27 tries in Las Vegas.
• Give Larry Eustachy his 102nd win in five seasons at CSU and the 504th of his 26-year career
• Move Eustachy's record to 9-7 against the Rebels all-time and 6-4 while at CSU and his first win with the Rams at UNLV.
• The Runnin' Rebels are 10-13 on the season and 3-7 in Mountain West play.
• Picked to finish in eighth in the Mountain West preseason coaches' poll, UNLV returned just three letterwinners from last season.
• This season, the Runnin' Rebels are paced by sophomore guard Jalen Poyser, who is leading the team in points and free throw percentage and is second in assists. Junior forward Dwayne Morgan is pacing the team in rebounds, while senior forward Tyrell Green, who is second for UNLV in three-pointers and three-point percentage, is the only other returning letterwinner from last year's team.
Mountain West Record
• Colorado State - a charter member of the Mountain West - is now 112-158 (.415) in regular-season action against MW foes since the formation of the league in 1999-2000.
• Head coach Larry Eustachy is 45-35 (.563) in MW regular-season action in his time at Colorado State and 49-39 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 - 497), Jay Wright (Villanova - 497), John Beilein (Michigan - 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 503-315 (.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 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) 5 158 101 57 .639
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 Feb. 2, 2017)
Team (Top 60 of 347 Division I teams)
Free Throws Made 420 16th
Free Throw Attempts 565 24th
Field Goal Percentage Def. 40.7 46th
3-Pt. Field Goal Percentage Def. 31.7 49th
Free Throw Percentage 74.3 55th
Rebounding Offense 38.61 58th
Players (top 100 nationally)
Total Rebounds 245 9th
Defensive Rebounds Per Game 7.70 12th
Rebounds Per Game 10.7 13th
Double-Doubles 12 15th
Offensive Rebounds Per Game 2.96 59th
Free Throw Percentage 84.6 75th
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.
• 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.
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 88-29 under the leader when winning the glass.
• The Rams have won the battle of the boards in 13 of their 23 games this season, going 12-2 in those contests.
• Colorado State is +3.3 on the glass in its 23 games with at least one player with a double-figure rebounding total in 15 of 23 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 23 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 38.6 percent (262-of-678) in the first half as compared to 47.3 percent (294-of-622) 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 11 of the 23 games (CSU 6-5 in those contests).
• The totals have definitely translated to the scoreboard, as CSU, as the Rams average scoring +0.1 compared to opponents in the opening half but improve to +3.8 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 - vs. Boise State
• The Colorado State men's basketball team got off to a slow start against Boise State and was unable to overcome it in a 79-76 loss to the visiting Broncos, Jan. 31.
• CSU struggled on both ends of the floor in the early going, trailing by as many as 14 just eight minutes into the first half at 21-7. The Broncos pushed the advantage to as many as 19 at 36-17 with 5:25 remaining in the opening period. From that point, CSU outscored BSU 23-7 to close the half and trail by three at the halftime break, 43-40. The Rams hit eight of their last nine shots to end the half and finished the first 20 minutes 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) from the 3-point arc.
• The Rams had a hard time scoring in the second half, hitting just 13-of-34 (38.2 percent) from the floor in the final period. However, the hosts kept the deficit in single digits most of the final 20 minutes through good defense and rebounding. CSU cut it to four with 1:50 left in the game on a triple by redshirt-sophomore J.D. Paige and eventually got it to one at 73-72 on Paige's driving layup with 31 seconds to go. BSU hit two free throws with 26.7 seconds to take a three-point lead and a turnover on the ensuing possession all but sealed the game for the visitors, as they hit all their free throw attempts in the final segment.
• CSU finished the game at 41.3 percent (26-of-63) on field goal attempts while Boise State was 47.2 percent (25-of-53). CSU was an impressive 12-of-24 (50.0 percent) from the 3-point line, while the Broncos were a solid 45.0 percent (9-of-20) from outside. Boise State got to the free throw line 26 times, hitting 20 of them, while the Rams were 12-of-15 (80.0 percent). The boards were close as CSU eeked out a 36-34 advantage.
• Paige finished with a team-high 20 points and added five assists. Senior forward Emmanuel Omogbo finished with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guard Gian Clavell added 15 points and nine rebounds with sophomore guard Prentiss Nixon chipping in 13 points and four assists. Paris Austin led Boise State with 25 points on the night, while James Reid had 18 on six 3-pointers.
(See page 18 for the box score from this game.)
This Year's Previous Meeting
• The Colorado State Rams used 25-3 run at the end of the first half and start of the second to propel themselves to a 91-77 win over visiting UNLV in the Mountain West opener for both teams, Dec. 28.
• The game had three ties and seven lead changes in the early going, with UNLV leading most of the first half, but a late 10-0 run in the final 2:17 gave CSU a 46-43 halftime advantage. Both teams had good first half shooting performances, as CSU was 18-of-38 (47.4 percent) on field goal attempts while UNLV was 14-of-30 (46.7 percent). The Runnin' Rebels hit 6-of-13 from the 3-point line, while the Rams were 5-of-14 and CSU led the battle of the boards, 22-16, including 12-4 in second chance points.
• The Rams came out strong in the second half, including triples on three straight possessions by senior guard Gian Clavell to push the lead to 11 early on. CSU built it up to 15 at 61-46 with just under 16 minutes to play on the strength of a 13-0 run over 2:32. From there, the lead grew to as many as 18 and never dropped below 10 the rest of the way.
• The Rams, who were averaging 13.2 turnovers per game coming in to Wednesday's tilt, committed just nine turnovers on the night compared to 12 from the Rebels. Colorado State assisted on 14 of 33 made field goals, and were back to their old selves on the boards, outrebounding the Rebels 47-37, including 14 on the offensive end.
• Individually, the Rams were led by Clavell with season highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds, while senior forward Emmanuel Omogbo chipped in 15 points and a game-high 13 boards. Sophomore guard Prentiss Nixon dropped 15 points while junior guard Che Bob had 14. UNLV was led by Troy Baxter Jr. with 15 points.
(See page 19 for complete box score)
Last Year's Meeting in Las Vegas
• Turnovers were costly for the Colorado State men's basketball team, as host UNLV converted at a high rate in handing the Rams an 87-80 defeat at the Thomas & Mack Center, Feb. 13. The two teams split the season series.
• UNLV took the lead from the start and got the Rams down by eight at 26-18 with 7:07 to go in the first half. Colorado State fought back to cut it to a 36-32 halftime deficit. However, the Runnin' Rebels were hot from the floor in the second half, building a lead of as many as 15 by shooting 53.1 percent (17-of-32) from the floor in the final period, including 45.5 percent from the three-point arc. CSU was able to cut it eight with just under three minutes to play but could only get one point closer in the end.
• For the game, CSU finished at 45.2 percent (28-of-62) from the field but was just 29.2 percent (7-of-24) from the three-point line. UNLV was 45.3 percent (29-of-64) from the floor and 31.8 percent on threes. One key difference was free throws, as the Runnin' Rebels were 22-of-30 (73.3 percent) while the Rams just got to the line 23 times and converted 17 (73.9 percent).
• CSU had five players in double figures, led by senior guard Joe DeCiman's 16 points, while senior guard Antwan Scott and junior guard John Gillon each added 13. Junior forward Emmanuel Omogbo had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. UNLV was led by Patrick McCaw's game-high 20 points, while Jalen Poyser added a career-high 19 points along with a game-high six assists.
(See page 20 for complete box score)
• For the season, CSU is 74.3 percent from the charity line, ranking 16th nationally in free throws made and 24th in free throws attempted.
• The Rams have also made 420 free throws while their opponents have combined for just 457 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 13th nationally at 10.7 rebounds a game to go with his 13.8 points a contest (12th in MW) and league-high 12 double-doubles (15th 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 (10.7)
- 6th in single-season defensive rebounds (177)
- 9th in single-season offensive rebound average (2.8)
- t-19th in single-season offensive rebounds (68)
- 2nd in career offensive rebound average (3.04)
- 3rd in career defensive rebound average (6.07)
- 7th in career rebounding average (9.11 rpg)
- 12th in career defensive rebounds (340)
- 16th in career offensive rebounds (170)
- 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.
• 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 20 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.
• 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 18.2 points per game (3rd in MW play at 20.9 ppg), having scored in double figures in 13 of his 14 appearances this season. He also is shooting 45.5 percent from the floor, 38.3 percent from the 3-point line and grabbing 6.6 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 15 games, including a streak of eight straight (all MW contests where he is averaging 14.1 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 24 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), is second in steals (1.1 spg) and blocked shots (0.7) and fourth in scoring (8.9 ppg).
• 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.
• Most recently, he had his best offensive performance in a Mountain West game, scoring a team-best 20 points and dishing out five assists against Boise State, Jan. 31.
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 8.9 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 51.8 percent (43-of-83) from the field and is fourth in rebounding at 4.7 per game.
Moby Arena Homecourt Advantage
• CSU has a record of 533-216 (.712) record all-time at Moby Arena.
• The Rams are 67-18 (.788) 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.
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 Feb. 6, 13, 23 (Thursday special) & 27.
• Colorado State will come back home for a pair of games, starting with Utah State, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.
• Tip off between the Rams and Aggies at Moby Arena is set for 7 p.m. MT as the game will be televised ROOT Sports.
• 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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The No. 4 seed Rams take on the No. 5 Cougars in Moby Arena, tipping at 7 pm MT
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Get all the key information for attending Tuesday night's first round game, tipping at Moby Arena...