The Colorado State men's basketball team begins its second season under Head Coach Larry Eustachy on Saturday afternoon, hosting the Regis Rangers in the Rams' lone exhibition tune-up of the 2013-14 season.
Tipoff between the Rams and the Rangers is set for 1 p.m. MT at CSU's Moby Arena.
The game is part of a day-night double header for CSU Athletics, as the CSU football team hosts Boise State at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium (6 p.m. MT kickoff).
Gary Miller and Brian Roth will have the call on the Mountain West Network (free streaming video) and the Colorado State Radio Network, including flagship 105.5 FM ESPN Radio and affiliates KREL 1580 AM (Colorado Springs), KSIR 1010 AM (Fort Morgan), KRFD 94.5 FM (Sterling), KNZZ 1100 AM (Grand Junction).
The Mountain West Network free video stream is available by logging on to CSURams.com/videos. Streaming audio is available at ESPNDenver.com, and live statistics (Gametracker) are available at CSURams.com.
Rams quick hits
The 2013-14 season marks the 111th in the history of the Colorado State men's basketball program. The Rams are 1,155-1,179 (.495) in 2,334 games all-time.
Colorado State enters the 2013-14 men's basketball season under the direction of coaching veteran Larry Eustachy who enters his second season at the helm of the Rams' program and his 23rd as a Division I head coach.
The Colorado State basketball program is looking for its fifth-consecutive postseason appearance, and its third straight NCAA Tournament berth, in 2013-14.
The Rams officially open the 2013-14 regular season on Friday, Nov. 8, hosting the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs at 5:30 p.m. MT a Moby Arena.
The Rams' opener vs. the Mountain Lions is part of a double header with the CSU women's basketball program, which also opens the 2013-14 season against UCCS (8 p.m. tip).
The new-look Rams enter the 2013-14 with some fresh faces on the court after graduating all five starters - seniors Dorian Green, Wes Eikmeier, Pierce Hornung, Greg Smith and Colton Iverson - from last season's team that posted a program-best 26-9 mark and advanced to the third round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
The 2012-13 Rams set several program records including most wins in a season (26) and most wins at Moby Arena (16).
The Rams' 2013-14 schedule features 20 regular-season home games at Moby Arena, including a stretch of 10 consecutive home games from the Rams' Nov. 22 matchup against in-state rival Northern Colorado (as part of the Colorado State Challenge) to the team's Jan. 1 conference-opening tilt against perennial MW power San Diego State.
Regis finished the 2012-13 campaign at 9-16 overall.
With an 8-14 record in the RMAC, the Rangers finished in 11th place in the conference standings.
Saturday's exhibition marks the first game of the year for both the Rams and the Rangers.
The Rangers return an experienced roster in 2013-14, with four starters and eight letterwinners back.
6-foot-6 guard Dylan King provides an interesting matchup for opponents. With his unique skill set, King is the leading statistical returner in three-pointers (36), blocks (12) and free-throw percentage (.809) for the Rangers.
Sophomore guard Kevin Marshall had an incredible freshman campaign and was rewarded with a third-team All-RMAC selection. Marshall led the team with 87 assists, which was the most by a Regis freshman since the 1981-82 season. Marshall also finished second on the team with 11.4 points per game.
Playing on the road, Regis proved to be a formidable opponent posting a 5-6 record, including an 80-77 win at Fort Lewis, which finished second in the RMAC.
The Rangers are led by Lonnie Porter, the "Dean" of Colorado men's basketball coaches, who enters his 37th season as a head coach, all at Regis.
Porter has racked up an impressive resume at Regis, posting a career record of 526-462. He was enshrined in the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
Series vs. Regis
Though Saturday's contest is an exhibition matchup for the Rams and Rangers, the two schools have met 29 times in regular-season competition over the years.
Colorado State is 22-7 all-time against the Rangers in regular-season competition.
The first matchup between the two programs came Feb. 5, 1943, a 67-24 CSU victory in Fort Collins.
The programs met 28 times between the 1942-43 season and the 1964-65 campaign.
The most recent regular-season matchup between Regis and CSU came in the season opener of the 2004-05 season, a 78-49 Rams' win at Moby Arena.
Since that last regular-season matchup in 2004-05, the Rams have hosted the Rangers five times in exhibition play, winning each game: > Nov. 7, 2005 - W, 87-51 > Oct. 31, 2006 - W, 69-53 > Nov. 1, 2007 - W, 81-74 > Nov. 3, 2009 - W, 74-65 > Nov. 2, 2010 - W, 88-48
A win over Regis will...
Move Colorado State to 2-0 in exhibition play under head coach Larry Eustachy, who guided the Rams to an 87-67 exhibition victory over Metro State last year.
Give the Rams six straight exhibition victories over the Rangers. The Rams have defeated the Rangers in exhibition play 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.
Rams vs. the RMAC
Colorado State, a former member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (1910-1937), has fared well against the current membership of the RMAC.
The Rams are a combined 84-24 all-time in regular-season action against the current 14 members of the RMAC: Adams State (4-0), Chadron State (1-0), Colorado School of Mines (45-17), CSU-Pueblo (6-0), Fort Lewis (3-0), Metro State (2-0), Regis (22-7), and UCCS (1-0).
The Rams have never played a regular-season game against current RMAC members Black Hills State, Colorado Christian, Colorado Mesa, New Mexico Highlands, Western New Mexico or Western State.
Returning/Lost...by the numbers
The Colorado State men's basketball team enters 2013-14 season having lost a staggering amount of production with the graduation of five starters from last year's squad.
Here is a quick look at what the Rams return in major statistical categories: > Scoring - 20.4% > Rebounding - 25.2% > Assists - 18.9% > Blocks - 14.9% > Steals - 24.7% > Minutes - 26%
MW preseason poll
The Colorado State men's basketball team was selected to finish sixth in the Mountain West Conference preseason media poll when the standings were released Oct. 8.
The Rams have proven better than their preseason prediction in three of the last four seasons. > In 2009-10, the Rams were selected eighth in the league, but finished fifth while earning a postseason bid to the College Basketball Invitational. > In 2010-11, the Rams were picked to finish fifth, but notched a fourth-place showing in the league standings, making a run to the NIT. > In 2011-12, the Rams finished in fourth-place in the league standings, just as predicted in the preseason media poll. The team's resume was good enough for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. > In 2012-13, the Rams were expected to finish fourth in the strongest Mountain West races in the league's history, but finished just short of a conference championship, posting a second-place finish en route to the team's second straight NCAA Tournament berth.
A complete look at the 2013-14 MW preseason poll, and the preseason all-MW selections can be found in the right-hand column of Page 5 of this release.
Four straight postseason berths
The Rams have earned four consecutive postseason berths and have their sights set on a fifth entering the 2013-14 season.
The Rams' run of postseason berths marks a program-recording.
CSU made three straight postseason appearances twice before in program history, under head coaches Jim Williams (1961-63) and Boyd Grant (1988-90), before the current run under Tim Miles (2010-12) and Larry Eustachy (2012-present). > 1960-61 (NIT), 1961-62 (NIT) and 1962-63 (NCAA) > 1987-88 (NIT), 1988-89 (NCAA) and 1989-90 (NCAA)
Back-to-back NCAA tourneys
Colorado State enters the 2013-14 season in search of a third consecutive NCAA tournament berth.
A third-straight NCAA bid would be a first for Colorado State men's basketball. The Rams have made back-to-back NCAA tournament runs three times in the program's history: > 1964-65 and 1965-66 > 1988-89 and 1989-90 > 2011-12 and 2012-13