Oct. 12, 2011
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The Colorado State men's basketball team was selected to finish fourth in the Mountain West preseason media poll when the rankings were released Wednesday at MW's men's basketball media day at the studios of The Mtn. - MountainWest Sports Network.
The fourth-place prediction marks the highest preseason ranking for the Rams since CSU came into the 2003-04 season as the predicted third-place finisher. The Rams entered that season coming off of the 2003 MWC tournament championship to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament the previous March.
Head Coach Tim Miles thinks his Rams are poised for another successful run in 2011-12.
"This is a great opportunity for us to show the mark of our program," said Miles. "We've got the players in place, we've got the talent and they've developed their skill and we're ready to go out and compete and be successful."
The Rams earned 119 points, finishing behind preseason favorite New Mexico (203), UNLV (183) and San Diego State (158). The Lobos collected 22 of 26 first-place votes, while the Runnin' Rebels pulled down the other four nods.
Air Force (78) was selected to finish just behind the Rams, while Wyoming (68), TCU (64), ranked sixth and seventh, respectively, and conference newcomer Boise State (63) was forecasted to finish last.
The Rams recorded a 19-13 mark in the 2010-11 campaign that ended in a postseason bid to the National Invitation Tournament. The team finished fourth in the league standings, the Rams' best finish in the 12-year history of the conference. The Rams finished with their first winning season since 2006-07, and became the 10th team in program history to record 19 or more victories.
The Rams return two starters and seven letterwinners in 2011-12, led by a strong junior class that includes team captains Dorian Green and Pierce Hornung, and talented classmates Greg Smith, Wes Eikmeier and Jesse Carr, who will have to replace the production of last year's senior class that included a pair of NABC all-district performers in Andy Ogide and Travis Franklin,
The Rams open the 2011-12 season with home exhibition games against CSU-Pueblo (Nov. 1) and Southwest Minnesota State (Nov. 5).
The regular-season slate tips off Nov. 11 against the Montana Grizzlies, and the Rams' 2011-12 home schedule features several exciting matchups including a televised tilt with in-state rival Colorado on Nov. 30 (The Mtn.). The Rams also welcome in-state rival DU to Moby Arena on Jan. 11, and a new-look Mountain West slate featuring the Boise State Broncos, as well as matchups with traditional conference rivals Wyoming and Air Force, and conference hoops powers San Diego State, UNLV and New Mexico.
Season tickets, starting at just $185 ($150 for CSU faculty/staff), are on sale now by calling 800/491-RAMS or visiting www.CSURams.com.
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