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Game notes: Rams visit 24/25 Aztecs in pivotal MW matchup

Feb. 24, 2012

Colorado State at No. 24/25 San Diego State | Game 27
Feb. 25, 2012 | 8 p.m. MT | San Diego, Calif. | Viejas Arena (12,414)

17-9, 6-5 MW
Last Game
vs. 18/21 UNM (W, 71-63)
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
Head Coach
Overall Record
280-217 (17th Season)
Record at CSU
68-85 (Fifth Season)
21-6, 7-4 MW
Last Game
vs. Wyoming (W, 67-58 OT)
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
24 | 25
Head Coach
Steve Fisher
Overall Record
437-240 (21st Full Season)
Record at SDSU
253-158 (13th Season)
Minutes Played/Game
Dorian Green (33.4)
Wes Eikmeier (16.0)
Pierce Hornung (8.5)
Dorian Green (45)
Jesse Carr/Dorian Green (67)
Will Bell (14)
Pierce Hornung (36)
Field-Goal %
Pierce Hornung (.676)
Free-Throw %
Wes Eikmeier (.866)
Three-Point %
Dorian Green (.464)
Minutes Played/Game
Chase Tapley (33.7)
 Chase Tapley (15.6)
 Jamaal Franklin (7.3)
 Chase Tapley (62)
 Xavier Thames (114)
Jamaal Franklin (16)
 Chase Tapley (50)
Field-Goal %
DeShawn Stephens (.606)
Free-Throw %
LaBradford Franklin (.875)
Three-Point %
Chase Tapley (.443)
Category CSU SDSU
Points/Game 71.0 70.7
Points Allowed/Game 68.5 62.1
Field-Goal % .479 .455
Opponent Field-Goal % .437 .398
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage .412 .330
Opponent Three-Point % .352 .333
Free-Throw % .766 .688
Rebounds/Game 31.2 37.3
Rebounding Margin +1.2 +4.9
Assists/Game 12.5 12.6
Turnovers/Game 13.2 13.0
Opponent Turnovers/Game 12.5 13.7
Steals/Game 5.4 5.9
Blocks/Game 1.9 2.3
Television: The Mtn.
Play-by-play: Rich Cellini
Color Analyst: Brad Holland
     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: Stat Broadcast   

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Opening tip
• 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 on Saturday 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.

Rams quick hits
• Colorado State enters Saturday’s game coming off of an impressive 71-63 win over No. 18/21 New Mexico.
• The win over No. 18/21 UNM snapped the Lobos’ seven-game win streak, and gave CSU a second home win over a top-25 program this year; CSU also upset then-No. 13/12 SDSU (77-60) in the programs’ first meeting of the year on Jan. 28.
• Coming off an upset of conference-leading UNM, Colorado State now sits just one game behind its next two opponents - No. 24/25 SDSU and No. 21/20 UNLV - in the MW standings with three games to play. 
• The Rams are 13-1 at Moby Arena this year, and have won 12 straight home games, tied for the 15th longest streak in NCAA DI entering next Wednesday’s home contest vs. No. 21/20 UNLV.
• Saturday’s matchup against No. 24/25 San Diego State continues a stretch of three consecutive games against ranked opponents. The Rams face No. 21/20 UNLV Wednesday night at Moby arena.
• Entering Saturday’s game at San Diego State, CSU ranks among the most efficient offensive teams in the country. The Rams lead the Mountain West in field-goal percentage (.479), three-point percentage (.412) and free-throw percentage (.766).
• Colorado State’s 2011-12 non-conference slate ranks as one of the strongest in program history, and is rated No. 7 nationally by the NCAA (as of Feb. 20).
• 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.
• Junior guard Wes Eikmeier enters play this weekend as the leading scorer in the Mountain West at 16.0 points per game.  No CSU player has ever led the MW in scoring. 
• Junior guard Dorian Green has started 90 consecutive games - every game of his career at CSU - entering Saturday’s matchup against No. 24/25 San Diego State.
• 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 8.5 boards per game, while Smith is seventh (5.2 per game) after pulling down 15 boards in his last two games.
• 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 San Diego State
• The No. 24/25 Aztecs enter Saturday’s contest tied for second with UNLV in Mountain West standings - one game ahead of CSU and TCU - having lost four of seven MW games after a 4-0 start.
• The Aztecs have are coming off of a 67-58 overtime victory at home against Wyoming on Wednesday night, snapping a three-game losing skid.
• SDSU is 16-2 at Viejas Arena this season, with losses to Creighton (85-83) on Nov. 30 and New Mexico (77-67) on Feb. 15.
• Head coach Steve Fisher is in his 13th season at San Diego State, where he is 253-158. Fisher is in his 21st full season overall, with a 437-240 record and three Final Four appearances to his credit.
• The Aztecs offense features the No. 2 and No. 4 scorers in the Mountain West, in sophomore guard Jamaal Franklin (15.8 ppg) - who ranks just behind MW leader Wes Eikmeier (16.0) - and junior guard Chase Tapley (15.6). Sophomore guard Xavier Thames (10.1) also averages double-figures scoring.
• Jamaal Franklin ranks fourth in the league in rebounding (7.3 rpg), just behind CSU’s Pierce Hornung (8.5).
• As a team, the Aztecs rank fifth in the MW in scoring offense (70.7 ppg), and fourth in scoring defense (62.1). SDSU ranks 29th nationally, and second in the MW, in field-goal percentage defense holding opponents to 39.8 percent shooting.

Series vs. San Diego State
• Saturday’s matchup between the Rams and Aztecs marks the 68th in the series between the programs.
• Colorado State leads the series, 36-31.
• The Rams trail 21-12 all-time in games played against the Aztecs in San Diego, and CSU’s last road win in the series came during the 2002-03 campaign. 
• The series between the schools dates back to 1961-62 season, when CSU picked up a 71-57 road victory on Dec. 30, 1961.
• The programs have faced off at least twice each season as conference foes since 1978-79, with the exception of 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons in which they competed in different divisions of the Western Athletic Conference.
• In 28 matchups since the formation of the Mountain West in 1999-2000, the Rams trail 19-9. 
• Head Coach Tim Miles is 1-9 vs. SDSU in five seasons at CSU.
• Colorado State defeated then-No.13/12 SDSU 77-60 on Jan. 28 in Fort Collins to end a nine-game losing streak to the Aztecs.

In the first meeting...
• Colorado State used a 22-6 run midway through the first half to turn a push its lead to double digits and never looked back en route to a 77-60 victory over the then-No. 13/12 Aztecs.
• Junior guard Wes Eikmeier tallied 19 points, and senior forward Will Bell added 17, while junior forward Pierce Hornung pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.
• SDSU’s Jamaal Franklin notched a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

A win over San Diego State will...
• Move the Rams to 18-9 overall and 7-5 in the Mountain West.
• An 18th win would move the 2011-12 Rams up the program’s all-time win charts into a tie for 10th. 
• Give the Rams their first conference road win of the season, snapping an eight-game road losing streak against league opponents that dates back to the end of the 2010-11 season.
• Move Colorado State’s road record to 3-8, and give CSU its first overall road win since Dec. 28 at UTEP en route to the tournament championship at the Bank of the West Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational.
• Move the all-time series between the schools to 37-31 in favor of Colorado State.
• Give Colorado State a school-record third victory over a top-25 program in 2011-12. CSU had previously beaten two ranked teams in a single season twice before Tuesday’s victory over No. 18/21 New Mexico matched that mark for a third time.

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 returns to Moby Arena, closing out the team’s regular-season home slate against No. 21/20 UNLV, the Rams’ third consecutive conference game against a top-25 opponent.
• Tipoff between the Rams and the Runnin’ Rebels is set for 8 p.m. MT and the game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.
• Todd Harris (play-by-play) and Steve Lappas (analyst) will call the action courtside. The game can be found on Comcast Digital Cable (412), DirecTV (613) and DishNetwork (152).
• 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 stats are available at CSURams.com.

Milestone watch: Entering SDSU 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 186 boards and 185 helpers to his credit to date. Carr is also approaching 200 points on the season (172), something he hasn’t accomplished since scoring 219 during a stellar freshman season.
Wes Eikmeier: approaching 700 points at CSU (659) and 800 total points at the Division I level (754).
Dorian Green: is 55 points shy of 1,000 for his career. With at least four 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. Also approaching 250-career assists with 238 helpers to date. 
Pierce Hornung: is nine points shy of 400 for his career, and needs just one rebound to reach 450 in a Rams uniform.
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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