220th Border War: Cowboys and Rams Meet in Fort Collins on Saturday
Feb. 20, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team will meet Colorado State for the 220th time on the hardwood Saturday when the Cowboys travel to Moby Arena to face the Rams at 4 p.m. MT. The Cowboys (17-9, 8-5 MW) own a three-game winning streak, but will be playing without the services of junior forward Larry Nance Jr. after he suffered a season-ending torn ACL on Tuesday. The Rams (14-13, 5-9 MW) are 12-6 at home this season and are one of the best teams in the nation at taking care of the ball and limiting turnovers.
Fans can follow live stats, audio and video of the game through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on GoWYO.com. The contest will also be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network and televised by ROOT Sports. Contact your local cable or satellite provider for further channel information.
A Look at the Matchup
Head coach Larry Eustachy and Colorado State are tied for eighth in the conference standings at 5-9 in MW play and 14-13 overall. The Rams have lost three-straight games, but own a 12-6 overall mark at home this season. Most recently, CSU lost an 84-72 home contest to Boise State on Tuesday. The Rams led by as much as six points in the first half, but a 12-0 run by the Broncos put Boise State ahead for good at 31-25 with 5:41 left in the first half. CSU got as close as four points in the second half, but couldn't manage to get enough stops to counter Boise State's hot shooting from the outside. In the end, Boise State shot a blistering 55 percent (29-of-53) from the field, including 13-of-22 (59 percent) from the three-point line and a perfect 13-of-13 at the free throw line. On the season, Colorado State's 73.1 points per game are fourth in the MW, while its 43 percent from the field and 32 percent from deep are both 10th. The Rams make just 5.1 threes per game, last in the MW. Defensively, CSU allows 69.0 points for seventh, while allowing opponents to shoot 33 percent from the field for ninth and 36 percent beyond the arc for 11th. CSU's plus 5.0 rebounding margin is fifth in the MW. The Rams take care of the ball, as their 9.3 turnovers per game lead the conference and rank fifth in the NCAA. They have committed the seventh fewest turnovers in the nation this season. CSU ranks 10th and 11th in the nation in free throws made and attempted this season.
Each Team's Leaders
Redshirt junior forward J.J. Avila's 16.8 points per game lead Colorado State and rank sixth in the MW, but he is followed closely by redshirt junior guard Daniel Bejarano at 16.4 points for seventh. Bejarano's 8.3 rebounds are seventh in the league, while Avila's 7.6 are ninth. The two also rank in the MW's top 10 in assists, offensive rebounds and minutes. Avila leads CSU at 3.4 assists per game and Bejarano in steals at 1.2. Bejarano scored 23 points against Boise State, while Avila added 13 points and eight assists. Redshirt junior guard Jon Octeus also scores in double figures at 12.8 points, thanks in part to a team-high 126 made free throws. Sophomore guard Joe De Ciman adds 8.2 points per contest and senior forward Gerson Santo rounds out CSU's probable starters at 6.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
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