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NCAA Tournament Preview: Colorado State Rams

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The Basics

  • Record: 20-11 (8-6 Mountain West Conference)
  • Best Wins: San Diego State, New Mexico, UNLV, Colorado
  • Worst Losses: TCU, Boise State, Northern Iowa, Wyoming
  • Admirable Losses: Duke, San Diego State, New Mexico, UNLV

Statistically Speaking (national ranking)

  • The good: 40.5 3P% (7th), 76.9 FT% (8th), 111.9 Off. Efficiency (28th)
  • The bad: 5.8 Def. Block% (312th), 28.7 Off. Reb% (273rd), -4.0" Effective height (339th)
  • The interesting: The Rams went 3-9 on the road during the year. This. Is. Pitiful. Those three wins? Try Northern Colorado, Air Force, and UTEP, a trio of schools that won a combined 37 games.
What to Expect

Undersized athletes. The Rams don't have an impact player taller than 6'6", even though 6-foot-5 junior Pierce Hornung is one of the better offensive rebounders in the country. Even so, Hornung is a mere 200 pounds and will still be the second heaviest player that hits the floor for CSU on Thursday. The Racers have a penchant for playing in tight games that aren't decided until the final minute however, and it appears that these two squads match up very well from a personnel department. If it isn't a serious issue against Murray State, then a lack of size will definitely cause problems for the Rams if they can somehow reach the third round.