Cowboys Visit Fort Collins on Saturday for Border War with Rams
Feb. 17, 2012
Facing another important game in Mountain West play, the University of Wyoming men's basketball team squares off with an old rival this weekend as UW visits Fort Collins for the Border War with Colorado State at 7 p.m. in Moby Arena. The Cowboys (18-7, 4-5) and Rams (15-9, 4-5) are currently tied for fifth in the Mountain West standings and now look to climb back into the thick of the conference race with a win. CSU boasts the top shooting team in the league, while UW has relied on lock-down defense for grind-it-out victories.
Fans can follow live stats and live audio of Wyoming's game through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on WyomingAthletics.com. The contest will be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network and televised on The Mtn.
A Look at the Matchup
Colorado State enters Saturday in a similar position after dropping its last two games as well. The Rams lost a 75-71 game at TCU last Saturday, before falling at Boise State, 70-69, last Wednesday. CSU exchanged the lead with the Broncos eight times in the second half, but couldn't execute down the stretch, allowing BSU the winning layup with less than a second left in the game. The Rams are 15-9 overall on the season and 4-5 in conference play for fifth-place tie in the MW standings with Wyoming. CSU is an impressive 11-1 in Moby Arena this season, including 4-0 in conference play, and has won 10 straight in the building. The Rams have one of the top offenses in the MW, leading the league in several offensive categories. CSU's is sixth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (41.2) and 22nd in field goal percentage (47.9), as both marks lead the MW. Colorado State also shoots well at the free throw line, ranking ninth in the NCAA at 75.9 percent. CSU is fourth in the MW at 71.7 points per game, but has the worst turnover margin in the conference at minus 0.7 and surrenders the second-most points in the league at 69.7 per game.
Each Team's Leaders
Redshirt junior guard Wes Eikmeier and junior guard Dorian Green continue to spearhead Colorado State's potent offense. Eikmeier leads the MW at 16.7 points per game and his 86.2 percent at the free throw line ranks 24th in the nation, while Green is seventh in points (13.0) and second in free throw percentage (82.4). Both average more than 1.6 threes per game and rank in the top five of the MW in minutes played. Junior forward Pierce Hornung contributes 8.4 points and 8.2 rebounds, ranking third in the league in boards, while junior forward Greg Smith adds 9.8 points and 5.0 rebounds. Senior forward Will Bell rounds out CSU's probable starters at 8.7 points and a team-high 14 blocks. Eikmeier and Green are the only Rams to have started all 24 games, as nine have made at least one start. Eikmeier scored a career-high 30 against the Broncos and Jesse Carr added 15 off the bench.
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