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Game notes: Rams, Cowboys clash Saturday afternoon in Laramie

March 7, 2014

Colorado State vs. Wyoming | Game 31
March 8, 2014 | 2 p.m. MT | Laramie, Wyo. | Arena-Auditorium (15,000)

16-14, 7-10 MW
Last Game
vs. San Jose State (W, 78-66)
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
Head Coach
 Larry Eustachy
Overall Record
444-281 (23rd Season)
Record at CSU
42-23 (Second Season)
17-13, 8-9 MW
Last Game
at Utah State (L, 65-54)
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
Head Coach
Larry Shyatt
Overall Record
147-130 (Ninth Season)
Record at UW
79-48 (Fourth Season)
Minutes Played/Game
J.J. Avila (107)
Marcus Holt (18)
Field-Goal %
Gerson Santo (.598)
Free-Throw %
Daniel Bejarano/J.J. Avila (.789)
Three-Point %
Jon Octeus (.386)
Minutes Played/Game
Riley Grabau (35.8)
 Josh Adams (12.2)
 Derek Cooke Jr. (5.9)
 Riley Grabau (67)
 Josh Adams (79)
 Derek Cooke Jr. (26)
 Josh Adams (24)
Field-Goal %
Derek Cooke Jr. (.629)
Free-Throw %
Riley Grabau (.892)
Three-Point %
Riley Grabau (.447)
Category CSU UW
Points/Game 73.4 64.6
Points Allowed/Game 69.1 61.0
Field-Goal % .431 .477
Opponent Field-Goal % .441 .407
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage .329 .357
Opponent Three-Point % .368 .313
Free-Throw % .724 .717
Rebounds/Game 37.6 28.8
Rebounding Margin +4.9 -3.7
Assists/Game 13.0 12.4
Turnovers/Game 9.2 10.4
Opponent Turnovers/Game 11.2 10.3
Steals/Game 5.1 4.7
Blocks/Game 3.1 3.7
Video: ROOT Sports
Play-by-play: Barry Tompkins
Color Analyst: Joe Cravens
     DirecTV: 683 (HD)
     Comcast Digital: 26 | 665 (HD)
     Dish Network: 414 (HD)
     Streaming: CSURams.com/videos
Audio: Colorado State Sports Network
Voice of the Rams: Gary Miller
Color Analyst: Brian Roth
     Stations: 105.5 FM ESPN, KREL 1580 AM
      KSIR 1100 AM, KRFD 94.5 FM, KNZZ 1100 AM
     Streaming: ESPNDenver.com
Live Stats: GameTracker

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Opening tip

  • Colorado State closes out the 2013-14 regular season  on the road against rival Wyoming in the second leg of the Border War. 
  • Tipoff between the Rams and Cowboys is set for 2 p.m. MT on Saturday, at UW's Arena-Auditorium. 
  • The game will air across the Colorado State Radio Network, including flagship 105.5 FM ESPN, with Gary Miller calling the action. 
  • The matchup will also be broadcast live on ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain with Barry Tompkins (play-by-play) and Joe Cravens (analyst). 
  • The game will also be available outside of the ROOT Rocky Mountain footprint via free live stream at CSURams.com/videos. 
  • The game marks the 221st in the series between the Rams and Cowboys. CSU is 92-128 in the series, including 37-73 mark in games played in Laramie. 
  • Colorado State cruised to an 82-67 victory in the latest installment of the annual rivalry series on Feb. 22 at Moby Arena. 

About Wyoming

  • Wyoming enters Saturday’s game in a tie for sixth place with Fresno State at 8-9 in conference play. The Cowboys are 17-13 overall and 13-4 at home.  
  • The Cowboys are riding a four-game losing streak, having suffered setbacks vs. Air Force (55-53), vs. Boise State (72-63) and at Utah State (65-54) since an 82-67 loss at Colorado State. 
  • Wyoming's slide coincides with the loss of Larry Nance Jr. to an ACL injury. Nance led the team in scoring (15.4 per game), rebounds (8.6 per game), blocks (55) and steals (37) before being injured Feb. 18 at Fresno State.
  • The Cowboys feature two other players who score in double figures in Josh Adams (12.2 ppg) and Riley Grabau (11.0 ppg). 
  • Grabau also is first in the MW at the free-throw stripe (89.2 percent) and is tied for third in three-pointers made with 67. 
  • Forward Derek Cooke Jr. ranks 17th in the MW in rebounding, at 5.9 boards per game.
  • The Cowboys rank 10th in the MW in scoring offense, averaging 64.6 points per game, but as second in the league allowing just 61.0 points per game.
  • Wyoming also boasts the MW's top field goal percentage (.477), and is fourth in field goal percentage defense (.407).
  • Head Coach Larry Shyatt is in the third season of his second stint in Laramie, and his fourth season overall at the helm of the Wyoming program, where he has led the Cowboys to a 77-48 record.

Series vs. Wyoming

  • Saturday’s game between the Rams and the Cowboys marks the 221st in the series between the two programs, dating back to the first meeting – a 20-17 CSU win – during the 1910-1911 season. 
  • CSU trails in the all-time series, 128-92. 
  • The Rams are 37-73 all-time on the road vs. UW. 
  • CSU has won four straight over Wyoming, and eight of the last nine matchups overall, including three of the last four meetings at the Arena-Auditorium. 
  • Colorado State cruised to an 82-67 victory in the latest installment of the annual rivalry series on Feb. 22 at Moby Arena.

A win over Wyoming will...

  • Move Head Coach Larry Eustachy’s record to 43-23 at Colorado State and 445-281 overall.
  • Push the Rams’ record to 17-14 overall, 8-10 (MW).
  • Improve the Rams’ record vs. SJSU to 93-128 and 38-73 in Laramie.  
  • Give the Rams a regular-season sweep of the Cowboys for the fourth time in the last five seasons. 
  • Run the Rams' win streak over UW to five straight games and give CSU wins in nine of the last 10 meetings since 2009-10. 
  • Mark the Rams' 17th victory of the season, securing a fourth-consecutive winning season, the longest stretch for the program since a 9-year run from 1992-93 to 2000-01.

Eustachy vs. Wyoming

  • CSU head coach Larry Eustachy is 4-2 in his 23-year coaching career against Wyoming.
  • Eustachy first faced the Cowboys during his tenure at Utah State, going 1-2 against the Cowboys.
  • At CSU, Eustachy is 3-0 against Wyoming, leading the Rams to a season sweep over the Cowboys last year.
  • Eustachy is 1-1 all-time in road games against UW, falling 67-61 as the head coach at Utah State in 1997, and leading the Rams' to victory last year on the road.

Conference tournament seedings

  • Saturday's game has significant implications on the Rams' seeding for the upcoming Reese's Mountain West Conference Championship tournament.
    >> A CSU win - Secures a seed no lower than seventh place for the Rams and a matchup with No. 10 seeded Air Force in the opening round of the MW Championshps.
    >> A CSU loss - Drops the Rams' to the No. 9 seed where they will matchup against No. 8 Utah State.
    >> A CSU win and a Fresno State loss (at San Jose State) - Moves the Rams into a three-way tie for sixth place (with Wyoming and Fresno State). CSU would own the tie breaker and earn the No. 6 seed by virtue of a 3-1 record against the Cowboys (2-0) and Bulldogs (1-1), and would face No. 11 San José State.

Looking ahead

  • Colorado State will travel to Las Vegas, Nev., to compete in the 2014 Reese's Mountain West Championship tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center.
  • The opening round of the 2014 tourney is slated for March 12, followed by the Quarterfinals March 13, Semifinals March 14 and the Championship game on March 15.  
  • Colorado State will enter the tournament as either the No. 6, 7 or 9 seed depending on the outcome of Saturday's games for CSU (at Wyoming) and Fresno State (at SJSU). 
  • Colorado State is looking for its second MW tournament title, and the league's automatic berth to the 2014 NCAA Tournament.  The Rams, as a No. 6 seed, captured the 2003 MW Tournament championship.



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