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Game notes: CSU looks to extend road streak at slumping TCU

Feb. 15, 2011

Colorado State at TCU | Game 24
Feb. 16, 2011 | 6 p.m. MT | Fort Worth, Texas | Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201)

17-7, 7-3 MWC
Last Game
vs. New Mexico (W, 68-62)
Rank (AP | ESPN/USA Today)
Head Coach
Overall Record
261-202 (16th Season)
Record at CSU
49-70 (Fourth Season)
10-16, 1-10 MWC
Last Game
at Wyoming (L, 78-60)
Rank (AP | ESPN/USA Today)
Head Coach
Jim Christian
Overall Record
175-110 (Ninth Season)
Record at TCU
37-52 (Third Season)
Minutes Played/Game
Andy Ogide (28.9)
Andy Ogide (16.0)
Andy Ogide (7.4)
Adam Nigon (44)
Dorian Green (70)
Pierce Hornung (13)
Travis Franklin (32)
Field-Goal %
Andy Ogide (.578)
Free-Throw %
Wes Eikmeier (.868)
Three-Point %
Adam Nigon (.444)
Minutes Played/Game
Hank Thorns (32.3)
Ronnie Moss (15.7)
J.R. Cadot (5.6)
Garlon Green (38)
Hank Thorns (160)
Amric Fields (14)
Hank Thorns (27)
Field-Goal %
J.R. Cadot (.676)
Free-Throw %
Greg Hill (.884)
Three-Point %
Garlon Green (.469)
Category CSU TCU
Points/Game 73.7 69.2
Points Allowed/Game 67.7 71.0
Field-Goal % .483 .443
Opponent Field-Goal % .434 .466
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage .362 .345
Opponent Three-Point % .347 .331
Free-Throw % .677 .690
Rebounds/Game 33.5 33.2
Rebounding Margin +0.9 -0.7
Assists/Game 13.8 14.3
Turnovers/Game 13.3 13.0
Opponent Turnovers/Game 14.4 14.5
Steals/Game 7.4 6.1
Blocks/Game 2.4 2.2
Television: The Mtn.
Play-by-play: Ari Wolfe
Color Analyst: Bob Donewald
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     Comcast Digital: 411
     Dish Network: N/A
Radio:Colorado State Sports Network
Voice of the Rams: Brian Roth
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CSU will hit the road to take on TCU in a Wednesday matchup in Fort Worth, Texas (6 p.m. MT, The Mtn.). The Rams are looking for just their second ever win at the Daniel Meyers Coliseum. Last year, CSU fell at TCU, 67-73. It was the Rams’ lone loss to a team below them in the conference standings. With a win, this year’s team can become just the third team in program history to win four consecutive road conference games.

About TCU
Head Coach Jim Christian’s Horned Frogs are struggling, having gone winless since the Rams beat TCU in Fort Collins last month. TCU is in the midst of an eight-game losing streak, and is just 1-10 in MWC action, with its lone conference victory coming at home against Wyoming in early January.  On the season, TCU is 10-16, with eight of those victories coming at the Daniel Meyers Coliseum (8-5). TCU is led by junior Ronnie Moss, who averages 15.7 points a game, fourth in the MWC, including 16.4 in conference action. He scored 17 on CSU in last month’s meeting, but has missed the last five games while serving an indefinite suspension. Also in double figures for the Frogs are sophomore Garlon Green (11.7 points) and junior Hank Thorns (10.2). Thorns has led his team in scoring in four of the last six games. Thorns is also the team-leader in steals (27), minutes played (32.3) and assists per game (6.4), which ranks eighth nationally. TCU ranks fourth in the conference in free-throw percentage, led by Moss’ 76.3 percent accuracy (fifth in the MWC), and third in three-pointers made per game. Junior guard J.R. Cadot adds a team-best 5.6 rebound a game. Cadot, from Nassau, Bahamas, is one of five international players on TCU’s roster.

Series vs. the Horned Frogs
The series between these two teams is fairly brief, spanning just 18 games. Twelve of the games have come since TCU joined the MWC in 2005. Prior to that, the Rams were just 1-5 against their foes from Fort Worth. After a loss in their initial game as conference mates, the Rams rattled off four consecutive wins over the Horned Frogs, and have won 7 of the most recent 11 in the series. What’s more, CSU has won three of the last four meetings, including a 79-69 home win last month. The Rams, though, will be looking for their first win in Fort Worth since 2006-07.

Senior Andy Ogide has recorded a double-double in his last three games against TCU, averaging 16.67 points and 12 rebounds on a combined 23-of-34 shooting. Sophomores Dorian Green and Jesse Carr have each had two double-digit scoring games against the Horned Frogs, scoring a combined 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting in last month’s meeting. Senior Travis Franklin added 14 points and three assists in that game, while sophomore Greg Smith tied career highs with five assists and three steals. He also scored seven points, and last year against TCU, set a career high with 15.

A win over the the Horned Frogs...
• Would mark CSU’s 18th victory of the season, becoming the 15th team in program history to reach the mark, and first since the 2002-03 team went 19-14, including a trip to the NCAA tourney.
• Would give the Rams eight conference wins with five games still remaining. The eight wins would be the most since Ritchie McKay’s Rams did so in 1999-2000, finishing fourth in the inaugural season of the MWC.
• Would give CSU a sweep over TCU for the first time since 2006-07. The Rams’ win at TCU in 2006-07 in CSU’s only road win over the Horned Frogs.
• Would be CSU’s fourth consecutive conference road win, dating back to its Jan. 19 win in Las Vegas. The feat has been accomplished twice before. See page 4 of the notes for more details.

Looking ahead
CSU will return home on Saturday for a pivotal game against UNLV. After the weekend, the Rebels sit a game behind the Rams in the conference standings, but ahead of them in the RPI and in many NCAA tournament projections. A win would give CSU its first season sweep over UNLV since 2000-01. The game is set for an earlier 5 p.m. MT tip, and will be broadcast live on The Mtn.

Saturday’s home contest vs. UNLV will also mark the Rams’ annual “Senior Night” when the program will honor the careers and accomplishments of Travis Franklin, Andre McFarland, Adam Nigon and Andy Ogide.




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