Border War On Tap for Regular-Season Finale
March 4, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team concludes regular-season action by hosting Border War rival Colorado State on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium. The Pokes (18-11, 4-11 MW) seek to avenge a 65-46 loss earlier this season in Fort Collins, while the Rams (22-7, 9-5 MW) attempt to hang on to second place in the MW standings. The Cowboys will honor their seniors prior to the game.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or online at GoWYO.com. Fans can follow live stats and live video of Wyoming's game through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on the website. The live video is subject to blackout. The contest will also be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network and televised by ROOT Sports (Optimum: channel 23; DirecTV: 683; Dish Network: 414). Check your cable or satellite provider for channel info.
A Look at the Matchup
Head coach Larry Eustachy and the Rams enter the week at 22-7 overall and 9-5 in conference play for second in the MW standings. Colorado State climbed into the top-25 rankings recently, but has lost three of its last four games to drop into the receiving votes category. The Rams are impressive 15-1 at home this season, but are 5-6 on the road. In its latest action, Colorado State lost a 78-65 game at Boise State last Saturday for its first double-digit loss of the season. The Rams led 36-35 at halftime, but BSU's Derrick Marks tallied 24 consecutive points for the Broncos and helped them outscore CSU, 44-29, in the second half. The Ram offense is one of the most balanced in the MW, ranking second in the MW at 73.3 points per game on 45 percent from the field and 34 percent beyond the arc. CSU's plus 10.7 scoring margin leads the MW and ranks 31th nationally. Defensively, the Rams allow 62.7 points for fifth in the MW on 40 percent and 34 percent, respectively, for opponents. CSU is one of the top rebounding teams in the NCAA, as its 41.1 rebounds lead the MW and its plus 12.2 rebounding margin leads the nation.
Each Team's Leaders
Four of Colorado State's five starters average in double figures, led by senior center Colton Iverson at 13.9 points and 9.8 rebounds. He leads the MW and ranks 20th in the nation in rebounds, while his 57 percent from the field leads the MW and ranks 19th in the nation. He is complimented by senior forward Pierce Hornung, who is second in the MW and 38th nationally in rebounds with 9.1 per game to go with 9.0 points. He leads the MW at 4.3 offensive rebounds per game. CSU's other forward is senior Greg Smith at 11.3 points and 5.4 rebounds. Senior Dorian Green runs the points for the Rams with a team-high 4.1 assists and 13.3 points. He is third in the MW in assists and second in assist-turnover ratio at plus 2.2. Fellow senior guard Wes Eikmeier is one of the top three-point threats in the conference at 12.4 points per game. He also leads the MW during conference play at 93.6 percent from the free throw line. Smith was one of four Rams in double figures against Boise State with a team-high 17 points, while Green added 15, Eikmeier had 14 and Iverson with 12.
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