Game notes: No. 18/21 New Mexico visits Moby in key Mountain West battle




Feb. 20, 2012

Colorado State vs. No. 18/12 New Mexico | Game 26
Feb. 21, 2012 | 8 p.m. MT | Fort Collins, Colo. | Moby Arena (8,745)

COLORADO STATE RAMS NEW MEXICO LOBOS
Record
16-9, 5-5 MW
Last Game
vs. Wyoming (W, 54-46)
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
NR | NR
Head Coach
Overall Record
279-217 (17th Season)
Record at CSU
67-85 (Fifth Season)
Record
22-4, 8-2 MW
Last Game
vs. No. 11/11 UNLV (W, 65-45)
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
18 | 21
Head Coach
Steve Alford
Overall Record
428-226 (21st Season)
Record at UNM
120-43 (Fifth Season)
CSU STATISTICAL LEADERS UNM STATISTICAL LEADERS
Minutes Played/Game
Dorian Green (33.3)
Points/Game
Wes Eikmeier (16.2)
Rebounds/Game
Pierce Hornung (8.2)
Three-Pointers
Dorian Green (44)
Assists
Jesse Carr (63)
Blocks
Will Bell (14)
Steals
Pierce Hornung (32)
Field-Goal %
Pierce Hornung (.688)
Free-Throw %
Wes Eikmeier (.865)
Three-Point %
Dorian Green (.463)
Minutes Played/Game
Drew Gordon (30.1)
Points/Game
 Drew Gordon (12.7)
Rebounds/Game
 Drew Gordon (11.1)
Three-Pointers
 Tony Snell (58)
Assists
 Kendall Williams (102)
Blocks
Drew Gordon (30)
Steals
 Kendall Williams (36)
Field-Goal %
Jamal Fenton (.534)
Free-Throw %
Tony Snell (.817)
Three-Point %
Phillip McDonald (.457)
TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISON
Category CSU UNM
Points/Game 71.0 73.3
Points Allowed/Game 68.8 57.2
Field-Goal % .480 .465
Opponent Field-Goal % .440 .372
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage .410 .394
Opponent Three-Point % .356 .294
Free-Throw % .762 .695
Rebounds/Game 31.1 38.6
Rebounding Margin +1.4 +7.1
Assists/Game 12.5 16.5
Turnovers/Game 13.2 13.9
Opponent Turnovers/Game 12.3 15.3
Steals/Game 5.2 7.6
Blocks/Game 2.0 3.5
BROADCAST INFORMATION
Television: The Mtn.
Play-by-play: Ari Wolfe
Color Analyst: Dave Bollwinkel
     DirecTV: 616
     Comcast Digital: 411
     Dish Network: N/A
 
Radio: Colorado State Sports Network
Voice of the Rams: Brian Roth
     Denver: 560 AM (KLZ)
     Fort Collins: 600 AM (KCOL)
     Streaming: CSURams.com/allaccess
     
Live Stats: Gametracker   
     CSURams.com

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Opening tip
• Colorado State has a quick turnaround this week, welcoming conference leader New Mexico into Moby Arena on Tuesday night.
• Tipoff between the Rams and the No. 18/21-ranked Lobos is set for 8 p.m. MT and the game will be broadcast live on The Mtn.
• Ari Wolfe (play-by-play) and Dave Bollwinkel (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 live Gametracker stats are available at CSURams.com.

Rams quick hits
• The Colorado State men’s basketball team enters Tuesday’s game coming off of thrilling 54-46 come-from-behind victory over rival Wyoming in front of a sell-out crowd at Moby Arena.
• The Rams are 12-1 at Moby Arena this year, and have won 11 straight home games, tied for the 18th longest streak in NCAA DI entering Tuesday’s contest vs. No. 18/21 New Mexico.
• Colorado State will face three consecutive ranked opponents starting Tuesday against No. 18/21 New Mexico.  CSU then travels to face No. 24/25 San Diego State on Saturday, before returning to Moby Arena for the team’s final home game against No. 21/20 UNLV on Feb. 29. 
• Entering Tuesday’s game with New Mexico, CSU ranks among the most efficient offensive teams in the country. The Rams lead the Mountain West in field-goal percentage (.480), three-point percentage (.410) and free-throw percentage (.762).
• Colorado State’s 2011-12 non-conference slate ranks as one of the strongest in program history, and is rated No. 6 nationally by the NCAA (as of Feb. 13).
• With New Mexico back into the top-25 prior to Tuesday’s contest, CSU will likely face four different ranked teams a total of six times throughout the course of the 2011-12 regular season. 
• The Rams’ four different ranked opponents in a single season mark a program record, while CSU’s six total regular-season games against ranked foes are second only to the 1950-51 squad that played nationally ranked BYU and Wyoming four times each for a total of eight ranked games. 
• Saturday’s win over Wyoming (54-48) in the annual “Orange Out” at Moby Arena moved CSU to 3-0 when wearing the Aggies tribute jerseys, with previous wins over Wyoming (80-64) in 2010 and New Mexico (68-62) in 2011.
• Junior guard Dorian Green has started 89 consecutive games - every game of his career at CSU - entering Tuesday’s matchup against No. 18/21 New Mexico
• CSU’s 16th victory of the season, Saturday vs. rival Wyoming, guaranteed the Rams a second consecutive winning campaign for the first time under fifth-year Head Coach Tim Miles
• Colorado State ranks as the only team in the Mountain West with two players - junior forwards Pierce Hornung and Greg Smith - that rank in the top seven in the league in rebounding.  Hornung ranks third at 8.2 boards per game, while Smith is seventh (5.2 per game) after a team-leading eight-rebound performance against Wyoming on Saturday.
• Over the last three seasons, Colorado State has been impressive against its Front Range rivals - Colorado, Northern Colorado, Denver, Wyoming and Air Force - posting a 16-4 mark dating back to the start of the 2009-10 season, including a 5-1 mark this season, with one game remaining at Air Force on March 3.

About New Mexico
• No. 18/21 New Mexico, which was selected as the preseason favorite to win the Mountain West, enters Tuesday’s contest with a 22-4 record, and has moved into sole possession of first place in the league standings, riding a seven-game win streak since a 1-2 start to open the MW slate in mid-January. 
• The Lobos have posted 7-1 mark on the road this season, and have rattled off three straight conference road wins since an 80-63 loss at UNLV on Jan. 21. 
• Head coach Steve Alford is in his fifth season at New Mexico, where he is 120-43 and led the Lobos to the 2010 MW regular-season title. Overall, Alford has posted a career mark of 428-226 in his 21st season as a head coach, at Manchester College, Southwest Missouri, Iowa and New Mexico.
• The Lobos’ offense features three players that average more than 12 points per game in senior Drew Gordon (12.7), sophomore Tony Snell (12.3) and sophomore Kendall Williams (11.8).
• Gordon, who is in his second season at UNM after transferring from UCLA, ranks first in the MW and sixth nationally in rebounding, pulling down 11.1 boards per contest. He also ranks as the conference leader at 1.15 blocks per game. 
• As a team, the Lobos rank second in the MW in scoring offense (74.4 ppg), and scoring defense (57.2).
• The contest will feature an intriguing strength-on-strength matchup as the Rams enter the contest as the MW leaders in field-goal percentage (.480) and three-point percentage (.410), while the Lobos have held opponents to an MW-leading 37.2 percent from the field this season, and 29.4 percent from long distance. 

Series vs. New Mexico
• Tuesday’s matchup between the Rams and Lobos marks the 112th in the series between the two programs.
• New Mexico leads the series, 69-42.
• CSU is 30-22 all-time in games played in Fort Collins.
• The series between the schools dates back to 1940-41.
• In 27 matchups since the formation of the Mountain West in 1999-2000, the Rams trail 23-4. 
• Head Coach Tim Miles is 1-9 vs. New Mexico in five seasons at CSU, including four losses by seven or fewer points.   
• The Rams are looking for their second straight home win over the Lobos, after capturing a 68-62 win at Moby Arena last season.

In the first meeting...
• Colorado State’s Pierce Hornung tallied 10 points and seven rebounds, while Will Bell, Wes Eikmeier and Dorian Green each finished with 11 points for the Rams. 
• New Mexico was led by Drew Gordon who tallied 14 points and 13 rebounds. 
• The Lobos forced the Rams into a season-high 20 turnovers, and used a 17-2 run midway through the second half to blow open the game en route to the 23-point victory at The Pit. 

A win over New Mexico will...
• Move the Rams to 17-9 overall and 6-5 in the Mountain West.  A 17th win would move the 2011-12 Rams up the program’s all-time win charts into a tie for 16th.  
• Extend Colorado State’s home-court winning streak to 12 contests, and give the Rams seven straight home wins over MW foes.
• Move CSU’s home record to 13-1 on the season. The 13 home wins would tie for the sixth-best total in Moby Arena history. 
• Move the all-time series between the schools to 69-43 in favor of New Mexico. 
• Mark two straight home wins for the Rams over the Lobos.
• Mark a second consecutive home win over a top-25 opponent, following CSU’s 77-60 victory over No. 13/12 San Diego State on Jan. 28. 

The Ram Report with Tim Miles
• Episode 7 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
• Colorado State travels to San Diego, Calif., for the second of three consecutive conference games against Top-25 opponents, visiting No. 24/25 San Diego State at Viejas Arena.   
• Tipoff between the Rams and the Aztecs is set for 8 p.m. MT and the game will be broadcast live on The Mtn.
• Rich Cellini (play-by-play) and Brad Holland (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 is available at CSURams.com, and live stats can be found at GoAztecs.com.

Milestone watch: Entering New Mexico game...
Will Bell: needs 10 rebounds to reach 150 boards in two seasons in a Rams uniform since transferring to CSU from Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo.
Jesse Carr: closing in on milestones of 200 career rebounds and assists, with 184 boards and 180 helpers to his credit to date. 
Wes Eikmeier: on the verge of 100-career three-pointers at the DI level with 99 total treys to his credit at CSU (79) and Iowa State (20).   
Dorian Green: is 72 points shy of 1,000 for his career at Colorado State.  At his current pace, and with at least five games remaining in the Rams’ schedule in 2011-12, Green could eclipse the 1,000-point mark this season, to become the 19th player in program history to accomplish the feat. 
Pierce Hornung: closing in on 100-career steals with 99 to his credit, four away from matching Eric Friehauf (1988-90) for 10th in program history (103).  Hornung is also 22 points shy of 400 for his career. 
Greg Smith: is closing in on milestones for career assists and steals, needing nine helpers for 100 and nine takeaways for 50.  


 

 

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