Game notes: Colorado State travels to Morehead State for opening round of CBI
March 15, 2010
Colorado State at Morehead State | 2010 CBI - Opening Round
Rams open CBI Wednesday at Morehead State
The Rams (16-15) are coming off of their best season under third-year Head Coach Tim Miles and will travel to Morehead, Ky., to face off against Ohio Valley Conference foe Morehead State. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. MT in the at Johnson Arena.
Morehead State (23-10) finished second in its conference with a 15-3 regular-season record and lost in the OVC championship contest to Murray State March 6.
Also included in the tournament field are: Akron, Boston, Charleston, Duquesne, Eastern Kentucky, George Washington, Green Bay, Hofstra, Indiana State, IUPUI, Oregon State, Princeton, St. Louis and Virginia Commonwealth.
Follow the Rams
Kenny Rice (play-by-play) and Wayne Chapman (color analyst) will broadcast Wednesday's game vs. Morehead State.
Fans can listen to the game on the Colorado State Sports Network. Jerry Schemmel will call all the action courtside. The game will be carried on flagship KLZ (560 AM) in Denver and on KCOL (600 AM), locally. Rams fans worldwide can listen via live streaming audio on CSURams.com/allaccess.
Live statistics are available by clicking the "Live Stats" link on the men's basketball schedule page at CSURams.com.
About Morehead State
MSU is led by junior Kenneth Faried, a 6-8 center from Newark, N.J. Faried, the OVC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, averages 16.6 points and 13 rebounds per game for the Eagles. Nationally, Faried ranks second in both rebounding and double-doubles (23), while his 1.9 blocks per game are good for 58th in NCAA Division I.
Senior Maze Stallworth, a second-team all-OVC selection, ranks second on the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game. He leads the team with 85 three-pointers on the year.
Delmonte Harper, a junior guard, also averages double-figures scoring for MSU, pouring in 12.1 points per game. He is also one of two players to have racked up more than 100 assists on the season, entering Wednesday's game with 102 to his credit. Senior guard Brandon Shingles leads the team with 148 assists on the season.
As a team, Morehead State ranks among the nation's top rebounding programs, pulling down 37.1 boards per game, and holding opponents to just 29.1. The team is fourth in the nation in rebounding margin (+8.0). The Eagles average 71.0 points per game, and defensively hold opponents to just more than 62 points per contest. The team also ranks 13th in the nation in steals per game, forcing 8.9 per game.
Head Coach Donnie Tyndall is in his fourth season at Morehead State, his alma mater (1993), where he has compiled a record of 70-59 at the helm of the Eagles program. In 2009, Tyndall led MSU to the NCAA tourney where they defeated Alabama State, 58-43, in the play-in game, before falling 74-54 to Elite 8 participant and top-seeded Lousiville.
Back in the postseason
The Rams are 3-9 all-time in eight appearances in the NCAA tournament, including their last appearance in 2003. CSU is 6-6 all-time in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), having last appeared in 1999.
CBI the first step
Of the 16 teams to compete in the CBI in 2009, nine of those programs will go on to compete in either the NCAA or National Invitation tournaments this season.
UTEP (C-USA/at-large), Richmond (A-10/at-large), Vermont (America East/automatic) and Houston (C-USA/automatic) each earned berths in the NCAA field of 65.
Northeastern, Wichita State, Troy, St. John's and Nevada will all compete in the NIT.
In addition, three teams that played in the inaugural CBI in 2008 went on to earn NCAA or NIT postseason berths in 2009. Utah (MWC/automatic) and Washington (Pac-10/at-large) played in the NCAA tourney, while Tulsa participated in the NIT.
MWC in the CBI
The 16 wins doubled the Rams' win total under the third-year head coach who has been rebuilding a program that was left with only one player with NCAA Division I experience two seasons ago when he took over the reins.
The Rams vs. the field
Sweeping up the competition
Colorado State had not swept two teams in the same season since 1999-2000, when the Rams also swept the Falcons and the Cowboys. This was the first time a CSU team had ever swept the regular-season series with three different MWC opponents.
Lucky No. 7
The Rams' number is a marked improvement over 2008-09, when CSU finished 217th. In Head Coach Tim Miles first season, CSU closed the year at No. 273. Under Miles' watch, the Rams' RPI has improved by an average of 77 places each of his two seasons.
Rams' 20-point games
• Andy Ogide (24), vs. UC Davis (11-13-09)
Miles garners postseason honor
Miles, who took over the program in 2007, has taken the Rams from seven wins in his first season and nine wins in Year 2, to 16 victories so far in 2009-10.
Miles also guided the Rams to their best record (7-9) and finish (fifth) in the Mountain West Conference since the league's inaugural campaign, 1999-2000, and has the team on the verge of its first postseason bid in seven seasons.
Ogide earns all-MWC second team
It marked the first-career all-conference honor for Ogide, who transferred to Colorado State after spending his freshman season at Mississippi.
A native of Marietta, Ga., Ogide paced Colorado State in scoring and rebounding, averaging 12.3 points and 7.2 boards per game in Mountain West Conference action. He finished the season as one of just three players in the conference, along with league Player of the Year Darrington Hobson (New Mexico) and Freshman of the Year Kawhi Leonard (San Diego State) to average more than 12 points and seven rebounds per game in league games. Both Hobson and Leonard were selected to the first team.
He becomes the Rams' first second-team all-MWC selection since guard Marcus Walker in 2008, and the first all-MWC post player for the Rams since Jason Smith was named to the first team as a junior in 2007.