Aug 17, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Colorado State men's basketball program released its Mountain West schedule for the 2013-14 basketball season on Saturday afternoon.
In the 22 team, 18-game format schedule, Colorado State will have home-and home contests vs. nine of the 11 full-time MW members. The Rams will not play at Boise State or Nevada at home this season.
The conference schedule features eight televised contests, and the Rams are expected to add more games to regional affiliate ROOT Sports and the Mountain West Network in September. Game dates that do not already have TV assigned may change.
The contests designated for either ESPNU or ESPN3 are a part of a four-game set within the league. One game of each set will be selected for ESPNU broadcast, whereas the other game in the set will be designated by ESPN as broadcast on ESPN3.
ESPN Programming will determine and confirm the network designation 7-10 days in advance.
CSU opens Mountain West play vs. a tough pair of NCAA tournament contenders in San Diego State and New Mexico. Both matchups will be nationally televised. The Rams take on the Aztecs Jan. 1 at Moby Arena before heading south to The Pit on Jan. 4.
In Week 2, Colorado State will travel to MW-newcomer San José State. The Spartans are under the direction of new head coach Dave Wojcik and are looking to improve on last year's early exit from their conference tournament.
Following a Fresno State matchup at home on Jan. 11, CSU will travel to the other newest member of the league, Utah State, on Jan. 15. The Aggies, who finished with a 21-10 record and were third in the nation in rebounding margin last season, fell in the quarterfinal round of the WAC tournament.
The Rams will host Air Force on Jan. 18, followed by a visit from MW-champion New Mexico on Jan. 25. CSU will then close out the month at Nevada on Jan. 29.
Colorado State will begin February in San Diego as the Rams visit the Aztecs for a second matchup at Viejas Arena on Feb. 1. After seeing both SDSU and New Mexico twice, the Rams will then host the team that eliminated them in the MW tournament, UNLV, for the first time on Feb. 5.
CSU is on the road for the next two out of three contests, at Air Force (Feb. 8), vs. Utah State (Feb. 11) and at Fresno State (Feb. 15). Then on Feb. 18, the Rams will host Boise State. The Broncos return all five starters from a squad that finished fifth in the MW with a 21-11 record.
Fans will enjoy a long-awaited matchup vs. Wyoming, in the first installment of the Border War at Moby Arena on Feb. 22. After two games, at UNLV on Feb. 26 and vs. San José State on March 5, CSU will travel up to Laramie for the second round at Arena Auditorium on March 8 to close out the regular season.
The first round of the Reese's Mountain West Championship will begin March 12, and the tournament will run through March 15.
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