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Game notes: Unbeaten Rams host in-state rival UNC Sunday

Dec. 6, 2014

Colorado State vs. Northern Colorado | Game 8
Dec. 7, 2014 | 12 p.m. MT | Fort Collins, Colo. | Moby Arena (8,745)
Record 7-0, 0-0 MW Record 4-2, 0-0 Big Sky
Last Game Dec. 3 vs. UTEP (W, 65-62) Last Game Nov. 30 vs. Florida A&M (W, 95-56)
Rank (AP | Coaches) -- | -- Rank (AP | Coaches) -- | --
Head Coach Larry Eustachy (Long Beach State, 1979) Head Coach B.J. Hill (Grand View, 1996)
> Overall Record 451-283 (24th Season) > Overall Record 65-64 (Fifth Season)
> Record at CSU 49-25 (Third Season) > Record at UNC 65-64 (Fifth Season)
Minutes/Game Stanton Kidd (33.7) Minutes/Game Tevin Svihovec (25.7)
Points/Game J.J. Avila (15.3) Points/Game Tevin Svihovec (12.3)
Rebounds/Game J.J. Avila (7.9) Rebounds/Game Dominique Lee (5.8)
Three-Pointers Daniel Bejarano (15) Three-Pointers Cameron Michael (10)
Assists Daniel Bejarano (24) Assists Corey Spence (14)
Blocks Daniel Bejarano (8) Blocks Dominique Lee/Dwight Smith (3)
Steals Gian Clavell/J.J. Avila (10) Steals Tim Huskisson (8)
Field-Goal % J.J. Avila (.549) Field-Goal % Dominique Lee (.714)
Three-Point % John Gillon (.500) Three-Point % Drew Bender (.545)
Free-Throw % Joe De Ciman (.923) Free-Throw % Corey Spence (1.000)
Category CSU UNC Video: ROOT Sports
Scoring Offense 74.1 81.3 Play-by-Play: Jerry Schemmel
Scoring Defense 64.0 67.0 Color Analyst: Joe Cravens
Field-Goal % .450 .525 > DirecTV: 221 (HD)
Opponent Field-Goal % .427 .459 > Dish Network: 152 (HD)
Three-Point % .412 .406 > Comcast: 412 | 846 (HD)
Opponent Three-Point % .358 .330 > Streaming: CSURams.com/videos
Free-Throw % .704 .775 Audio: Colorado State Sports Network
Rebounds/Game 37.1 31.2 Play-by-Play: Gary Miller
Rebounding Margin +7.4 +1.5 Color Analyst: Brian Roth
Assist/Game 16.4 14.2 > Flagship: 105.5 FM ESPN
Turnovers/Game 11.7 8.8 > Affiliates: 1580 AM KREL/1100 AM KNZZ
Opponent Turnovers/Game 12.0 14.0 > Streaming: ESPNDenver.com
Steals/Game 4.4 6.7 Live Stats: GameTracker
Blocks/Game 4.6 1.7 > CSURams.com

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Opening tip
• Colorado State (8-0) plays the first of back-to-back games against in-state rivals on Sunday afternoon, hosting the Northern Colorado Bears (4-2) at Moby Arena.
• Tipoff between the Rams and the Bears, whose lineup features former Ram Dwight Smith, is set for 12 p.m. MT.
• The game will air across the Colorado State Radio Network, including flagship 105.5 FM ESPN, with Brian Roth (play-by-play) on the call.
• The contest will also be broadcast live on ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain. Former voice of the Rams Jerry Schemmel (play-by-play) will call the action courtside along with Joe Cravens (color analyst).
• Fans outside of the ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain and Northwest regions will be able to view the game on a free streaming broadcast via the Mountain West Network at CSURams.com/videos and TheMW.com.
• GameTracker live statistics are available at CSURams.com.

Rams quick hits
• The 2014-15 season marks the 112th in the history of the Colorado State men's basketball program. The Rams are 1,178-1,195 (.496) in 2,373 games all-time.
• Colorado State enters the 2014-15 men's basketball season under the direction of coaching veteran Larry Eustachy who begins his third season at the helm of the Rams' program and his 24th as a Division I head coach.
• Colorado State basketball is looking for its fifth postseason appearance in six years, and its third NCAA Tournament berth in four seasons, in 2014-15.
• Colorado State returns a majority of its production from a season ago, a stark contrast to the Rams' transition from 2012-13 to 2013-14 after graduating five senior starters.
• Overall, the Rams' roster breaks down to six returning players, including starters Daniel Bejarano, J.J. Avila and Joe De Ciman, plus nine newcomers. However, three of the nine newcomers - senior Stanton Kidd, junior Tiel Daniels and sophomore John Gillon - practiced with the squad last season while redshirting as Division I transfers from NCAA Division I programs.
• Colorado State's 2014-15 schedule is rated among the toughest in the Mountain West. Based on last season's final RPI rankings for known Division I opponents.
• As of Thursday, the Rams sat at No. 20 in the NCAA RPI, first among Mountain West members.
• The Rams are off to a 7-0 start to 2014-15, breaking the program record for best start to a season previously set three times in 1970-71, 2005-06 and 2012-13.
• Colorado State enters the weekend ranked as 1 of just 18 remaining unbeaten teams nationally, out of 351 programs competing at the Division I level.
• CSU features a balanced scoring attack, with the Rams posting five games in the season's first seven contests with at least four players in double-figures scoring, and four games with five players notching 10+ points.
• Entering play this weekend, there were 11 players in the Mountain West ranked in the top-20 in the league in both scoring and rebounding average. Colorado State is the only program to boast three of those players in senior G Daniel Bejarano, senior F J.J. Avila  and senior F Stanton Kidd.
About Northern Colorado
• Northern Colorado enters Sunday's matchup against the Rams with a 4-2 overall record, but the Bears are 0-2 on the road to open the 2014-15 season.
• The Bears are riding a three-game winning streak with home wins over Colorado Christian (93-58), Stetson (82-62) and Florida A&M (95-56).
• Northern Colorado is led by head coach B.J. Hill who is 65-64 in his fifth season as a Division I head coach, all at Northern Colorado where he previously served as an assistant coach under Tad Boyle.
• The Bears return five letterwinners, including two starters (senior G Tevin Svihovec and sophomore G Jordan Wilson), from the 2013-14 team that posted an 18-14 mark.
• UNC is led in scoring by Svihovec, who enters Sunday's contest averaging 12.3 points per game. 
• Senior F Dominique Lee ranks as the top rebounder for Northern Colorado, pulling down an average of 5.8 rebounds per contest.
• Former Ram Dwight Smith, in his first season after transferring to UNC from CSU, has played in all six games for the  Bears (including starts in the last three games), and averages 2.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
• As a team, the Bears average an impressive 81.3 points per game, while holding opponents to an average of 67.0 points per contest.
• UNC ranks in the top-20 nationally in scoring offense (19th), field-goal percentage (eighth), free-throw percentage (sixth), and turnovers per game (third)

Series vs. Northern Colorado
• Sunday's matchup between Colorado State and Northern Colorado marks the 101st meeting all-time between the programs.
• The first tilt between the Rams and Bears also marked the first official game for the CSU men's basketball program played during the inaugural season of intercollegiate competition in 1901-02. CSU defeated UNC 64-15 in that matchup.
• Colorado State 65-35 all-time against Northern Colorado and has won the last four meetings.
• CSU is 48-13 against UNC in games played in Fort Collins.
• The Rams have won 11 consecutive games over UNC at Moby Arena, last losing to the Bears at home on Dec. 2, 1986.
• The two programs have played every year since the 2003-04 season.

Eustachy vs. Northern Colorado
• Heading into Sunday's matchup, Colorado State head coach Larry Eustachy is 2-0 in his 24-year career against Northern Colorado.
• Both of Eustachy's wins over Northern Colorado have come during his tenure at Colorado State, and both have come at Moby Arena.
• He led the Rams to an 85-69 victory on Nov. 26, 2012, and a 72-65 on Nov. 22, 2013. 

Rams vs. the Big Sky
• All-time, Colorado State is 137-73 against current members of the Big Sky and 95-23 against Big Sky opponents at Moby Arena.
• Colorado State has played against every member of the Big Sky at least once, with the exception of Southern Utah.
• The Rams have won 10 consecutive games against Big Sky opponents, with their last loss coming in a 70-63 game at Northern Colorado on Dec. 1, 2009.

A win over Northern Colorado will...
• Give third-year head coach Larry Eustachy his 50th win at Colorado State and the 452nd of his career. Eustachy would become the second-fastest CSU coach to 50 wins behind Boyd Grant (74 games). 
• Move the Rams to 8-0 to start the season, extending the program record for consecutive wins to open year.
• Push the Rams' record vs. UNC to 66-35, and give the Rams five straight wins overall in the series, and 12 consecutive victories at home vs. the Bears.
• Move head coach Larry Eustachy's record vs. the Bears to 3-0 all-time.
• Improve CSU's record vs. Big Sky opponents to 138-73 overall, and 96-23 at home.
• Push the Rams to 11-4 under Larry Eustachy in games played in December.

CSU-UNC connection
• Sunday's game marks the return to Moby Arena of former Rams player Dwight Smith.
• Smith spent four seasons (including a redshirt year) at Colorado State, earning a degree in communication studies, before transferring to UNC in the offseason.
• Smith played in 68 career games at CSU with nine starts as a Ram. He scored 237 points and notched 118 rebounds from 2010-11 to 2013-14.

Rams' best start
• Colorado State's 7-0 start to the 2014-15 season has established a new program-record for the best part to a season.
• The Rams had previously started 6-0 on three occasions, first setting the mark in 1970-71 and matching it in 2005-06 and 2012-13, Larry Eustachy's first at the helm of the Rams' program.

Rams 1 of 18 unbeatens
• Colorado State enters Sunday's game vs. Northern Colorado as one of 18 remaining unbeaten teams in NCAA Division I through games played Dec. 5.
• The Rams are the only Mountain West team on the list, after arch-rival Wyoming fell at SMU (66-53) on Friday night.
• The other 17 remaining unbeaten programs are: Arizona, Duke, Eastern Michigan, Gonzaga, Incarnate Word, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (FL), Northern Iowa, Oklahoma State, Seton Hall, St. Mary's (CA), TCU, UC Davis, Villanova, Virginia and Washington.

Eustachy milestones
• Colorado State's Larry Eustachy continues to reach new milestones in his 24-year career as a head coach.
> Career win No. 450: Eustachy won the 450th game of his career earlier this season when the Rams captured the Great Alaska Shootout tournament title with a 65-63 win over UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 29.
> CSU victory No. 50: Eustachy enters Sunday's matchup vs. UNC in search of the 50th win of his career as a Ram. Eustachy, with a record of 49-25 at CSU, is on pace to become the second-fastest coach in program history to reach the 50-win mark, trailing only Boyd Grant, who reached win No. 50 in his 74th game at the helm of the Rams' program.

Looking ahead
• Colorado State travels southwest to nearby Boulder, Colo., for its annual rivalry matchup with the Colorado Buffaloes on Wednesday night at the Coors Events Center.
• Tipoff between the Rams and the Buffs is set for 7 p.m. MT.
• The game will air across the Colorado State Radio Network, including flagship 105.5 FM ESPN, with Gary Miller (play-by-play) and Brian Roth (color) on the call.
• The contest will also be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks.
• Live statistics are available at CUBuffs.com.



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