Colorado State returns home to Fort Collins to play host to Mountain West newcomer Utah State on Tuesday evening.
Tipoff between the Rams and Aggies is set for 7:15 p.m. MT at Moby Arena.
The game will air across the Colorado State Radio Network, including flagship 105.5 FM ESPN, with Gary Miller and Brian Roth calling the action. \
The matchup will also be televised live on CBS Sports Network, with Ari Wolfe (play-by-play) and Jarron Collins (color analyst).
The game marks the 80th in the series between the Rams and Aggies. Colorado State trails 35-44 overall, but the Rams are 27-12 vs. the Aggies in games played in Fort Collins.
The Aggies edged the Rams, 57-50, in the first matchup of the season in Logan, Utah, on Jan. 15.
About Utah State
Utah State enters Tuesday's contest with an overall record of 14-9 and a 4-7 mark in Mountain West play.
The Aggies have won two straight games - vs. Nevada (83-75) and vs. Boise State (76-70) - but are 0-5 on the road in league play.
Overall, the Aggies are 2-5 on the road in 2013-14.
Three players average double-figures scoring on the season for Utah State, led by senior center Jarred Shaw who averages 14.8 points per game but has played in just 18 games (missing five due to suspension). Senior guards Spencer Butterfield and Preston Medlin each average 13.5 and 13.3 points per game, respectively, while sophomore forward Kyle Davis adds 9.8 points per game.
Three Aggies average better than 6.0 rebounds per game: Kyle Davis (7.9), Jarred Shaw (7.9) and Spencer Butterfield (6.1).
Preston Medlin ranks second in the MW in assists per game (4.3 apg), and assist-to-turnover ration (3.3).
Offensively, the Aggies rank seventh in the MW scoring 71.8 points per game, and rank fourth in the league allowing just 66.8 points per contest.
The team ranks as the No. 1 three-point shooting team in the Mountain West, hitting 41.6 percent from beyond the arc, while ranking second in the MW in field-goal percentage (.472) and free-throw percentage (.737).
Head coach Stew Morrill, who spent seven seasons at the helm of the CSU program (1991-92 to 1997-98) is in his 16th season at Utah State where he is 380-138 (.734) since taking over the program from current Rams' head coach Larry Eustachy. Overall, in his 28th season as a head coach, Morrill is (.684).
Series vs. Utah State
Tuesday's game between the Rams and the Aggies marks the 80th in the series between the programs, dating back to the first meeting - an 57-34 USU win - during the 1937-38 season.
Utah State leads the series, 44-35, including the Aggies' 57-50 win in the first meeting this season on Jan. 15.
Prior to this season, the programs had not competed as conference foes since the 1961-62 when they capped a 23-year run as rivals in the Mountain States Conference.
Colorado State is 27-12 all-time against the Aggies in games played in Fort Collins.
The Rams have won four straight home games in the series, but the Aggies have not visited Moby Arena since the 1997-98 season.
A win over Utah State will...
Move Head Coach Larry Eustachy's record to 41-19 at Colorado State and 443-277 overall.
Push the Rams' record to 15-10 overall, 6-6 in MW action.
Improve the Rams' record vs. Utah State to 36-44 all-time.
Move CSU to 28-12 all-time in home games vs. the Aggies.
Push Colorado State's home win streak vs. Utah State to five.
Run CSU's overall win streak to three consecutive games.
Give the Rams two straight wins a Moby Arena and improve the team's home record to 13-4.
Eustachy vs. Utah State
CSU Head coach Larry Eustachy is 0-1 in his 23-year career against Utah State, with the lone matchup coming earlier this season, a 57-50 road loss on Jan. 15.
Colorado State-Utah State connections
Tuesday's matchup between Colorado State and Utah State features a number of notable connections.
Colorado State head coach Larry Eustachy was the head coach of the Aggies for five season from 1993-94 to 1997-98, where he posted a 98-53 record and led the Aggies to three regular-season conference championships and an NCAA tournament run in 1998.
Eustachy was succeeded at Utah State by current Aggies' coach Stew Morrill, who took over the USU program after a 7-year stint on the sideline for the Rams. Morrill was 121-86 at the helm of the Rams program from 1991-92 to 1997-98.
CSU's associate head coach Leonard Perry was on Eustachy's staff at Utah State as an assistant from 1995-98, while Rams' assistant Steve Barnes served two stints with Eustachy in Logan, as an assistant (1993-94), and as associate head coach (1996-98).
Utah State Associate Coach Tim Duryea also spent time in Fort Collins, beginning his career as an assistant for Boyd "Tiny" Grant from 1988-90.
The tip time for the Rams' Feb. 18 home game vs. Boise State has shifted times. The Rams and Broncos will now tip at 7 p.m. MT and will be streamed live on ESPN3.com.
Colorado State travels to Fresno, Calif., for a Saturday evening matchup against Fresno State.
Tipoff between the Rams and Bulldogs is set for 8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT at the Save Mart Center.
The game will air across the Colorado State Radio Network, including flagship 105.5 FM ESPN, with Gary Miller and Brian Roth calling the action.
The matchup will also be televised live on ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain, with Tim Neverett (play-by-play), and Joe Cravens (color analyst).
The game marks the 25th in the series between the Rams and Bulldogs. Colorado State holds a 13-11 edge overall, but the Rams are 1-8 vs. the Bulldogs in games played in Fresno.
Colorado State defeated Fresno State, 76-57, in their initial meeting of the season at Moby Arena on Jan. 11.