Nov. 29, 2013
Colorado State vs. New Mexico State | Game 8 | Colorado State Challenge
|COLORADO STATE RAMS||NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES|
|CSU STATISTICAL LEADERS||NMSU STATISTICAL LEADERS|
- Colorado State continues a 10-game home stand, hosting the final contest of the Colorado State Challenge on Saturday afternoon against New Mexico State.
- The tilt between the Rams and the Aggies is set for a 4 p.m. MT tipoff at Moby Arena.
- The game will air across the Colorado State Radio Network, including flagship 105.5 FM ESPN, with Brian Roth calling the action.
- The game will be broadcast live on ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain, with Mike Evans and Joe Cravens calling the action.
- Free streaming video is also available, outside of the ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain footprint, as part of the new Mountain West Network, at CSURams.com/videos and TheMW.com.
- The matchup will mark just the fourth in the series between Colorado State and New Mexico State. The Rams hold a 2-1 advantage.
- The Rams' 10-game home stand is the longest in program history, surpassing a stretch of seven consecutive home games played during the 1965-66 season.
About New Mexico State
- New Mexico State enters Saturday's matchup against the Rams with a 7-1 record, having won seven straight since a season-opening loss vs. Western Michigan (70-64) on Nov. 8 at the Rainbow Warrior Classic in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
- Marvin Menzies, in his seventh season as head coach at New Mexico State, has compiled a 133-80 record in his first Division I head coaching stint.
- Under Menzies, the Aggies have won a WAC regular-season championship (2007-08) and three conference tournament titles (2010, 2012 and 2013).
- NMSU is led by junior guard Daniel Mullings, who averages 17.1 points per game, one of four Aggies to average double-figures scoring along with junior guard DK Eldridge (11.4 ppg), junior center Tshilidzi Nephawe (10.4 ppg), and sophomore center Sim Bhullar (10.0 ppg).
- Nephawe (6-10, 265 lbs) and Bhullar (7-5, 355 lbs) make up a stout front court for the Aggies, each starting all eight games and ranking 1-2 in rebounding for NMSU at 7.6 and 7.0 boards per game, respectively.
Series vs. New Mexico State
- Saturday's matchup between Colorado State and New Mexico State marks fourth meeting in the series between the two programs.
- Colorado State holds a 2-1 advantage, including a 2-0 mark against the Aggies in games played in Fort Collins.
- The first matchup resulted in the series was the first game played at CSU's brand new Moby Arena. The Rams won, 109-70, establishing an arena record for field goals made (45) that still stands.
- The Rams hosted the Aggies again on Dec. 9, 1966, capturing a 63-55 win at Moby Arena.
- CSU's lone loss in the series occurred Nov. 30, 1968, when the Rams opened the 1968-69 season with a 95-89 road loss in Las Cruces, N.M.
Rams vs. the WAC
- All-time Colorado State, which was a member of the Western Athletic Conference from 1969-70 to 1998-19, is 19-13 against the current membership of the Western Athletic Conference.
- The Rams have previously faced CSU Bakersfield (1-0), Chicago State (1-0), Idaho (6-7), New Mexico State (2-1), Seattle (3-5) and UTPA (6-0).
- Colorado State has never faced either UMKC or Utah Valley on the hardwood.
A win over New Mexico State will...
- Give Head Coach Larry Eustachy his 32nd win at Colorado State and the 433rd of his career.
- Extend Colorado State’s non-conference home winning streak to 21 games, a streak that extends back to Nov. 19, 2011, when the Eustachy-led Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles defeated the Rams 79-58 at Moby Arena.
- Push CSU’s overall home court win streak to eight games.
- Give the Rams 29 straight home wins against unranked opponents.
- Improve the Rams to 3-1 all-time against New Mexico State.
- Push the Rams to 20-13 all-time in matchups against the current membership of the WAC.
- Give the Rams a 5-0 record at Moby Arena, the second straight year under Eustachy that the team has won five straight at home to open the schedule.
- Colorado State continues a 10-game home stand, hosting in-state rival Colorado on Tuesday evening.
- The tilt between the Rams and the Buffaloes is set for a 7 p.m. MT tipoff at Moby Arena.
- The game will air across the Colorado State Radio Network, including flagship 105.5 FM ESPN, with Gary Miller and Brian Roth calling the action.
- The matchup will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com.
- The matchup will mark the 122nd between the Rams and Buffs, with Colorado holding an 84-37 advantage.
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