CSU Men’s Basketball Preview: CSU opens season series with Wyoming on the road, Feb. 14

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Rams and Cowboys to play first of two meetings in the next two weeks in Laramie on Valentine’s Day

2016-17 Colorado State Men’s Basketball

Game #27 – Colorado State (17-9, 9-4) vs. Wyoming (16-10, 6-7)

February 14, 2017 • 7 p.m. MT • Arena-Auditorium (11,445) – Laramie, Wyo.
TV: ROOT Sports (DirectTV: 683, 683-1 (HD), 684, 684-1 / Dish Network: 414, 414 (HD) / Comcast Digital: 26, 665 (HD))

Radio: CSU Sports Network (Flagship: KARS 102.9 FM (Fort Collins); Affiliates: KDCO 104.7 FM (Denver), KMTS 99.1 FM (Glenwood Springs), KJME 890 AM (Colorado Springs), KKVT 100.7 FM (Grand Junction), KRFD 100.1 FM (Sterling))

Live Stats: Game Center / Complete CSU Game Notes (Adobe PDF Format)

Opening Tip
• Winners of six of its last seven games, Colorado State will go on the road for the first game in this year’s Border War, traveling to Laramie to take on Wyoming, Feb. 14.
• Tip off between the Rams and Cowboys at Arena-Audtiorium is set for 7 p.m. MT as the game will be televised ROOT Sports. Drew Goodman is on the play-by-play, Dave Bollwinkel is the analyst and Marc Stout is doing the sideline reporting.
• It will also air across the Colorado State Sports Network, including flagship KARS 102.9 FM, with Brian Roth on the play-by-play and Adam Nigon handling the analysis.

2016-17 Rams Quick Hits
• The 2016-17 season marks the 115th in the history of the Colorado State men’s basketball program. The Rams are 1,233-1,228 (.501) in 2,461 games all-time.
• Colorado State is under the direction of coaching veteran Larry Eustachy, who is in his fifth season at the helm of the Rams’ program and his 26th as a Division I head coach in 2015-16. Eustachy reached the 500-win plateau in his coaching career with the 85-58 victory over Air Force, Jan. 7.
• Colorado State men’s basketball concluded the 2015-16 season in the Mountain West Tournament Semifinals and finished the year with an 18-16 overall record, including 8-10 in MW play.
• Colorado State basketball declined postseason invitations last year after much consideration of the events as well as the status of the team after the season. The program earned its sixth invitation for postseason play in the last seven years.
• CSU lost four of its five starters, including leading scorers Antwan Scott, a Second Team All-Mountain West selection, and Joe De Ciman, who was the only player from Larry Eustachy’s first CSU team to play all four years.

• For broadcasting quick hits, current averages and career highs on individual players, go to the back page of the notes for a Radio/TV chart that includes that information.

The Coaches
• Colorado State Head Coach Larry Eustachy (Long Beach State, ‘79) is in his fifth season at the helm of the Rams and holds a 104-57 (.646) record at CSU and 506-315 (.616) overall coaching record in his 26th season. Last season, CSU posted an 18-16 mark, including 8-10 in Mountain West play, and advanced to the MW Championship semifinals.
• Wyoming Head Coach Allen Edwards (Kentucky, ‘98) is in his first season as leader of the Cowboys and as a head coach overall with a 16-10 mark.

All-Time Against Today’s Opponent
• This will be the 225th meeting ever between the two schools (the longest rivalry in CSU history), with Wyoming leading 134-90, including 75-37 in Laramie. The Cowboys have won the last five meetings in the series, including three in Laramie.
• CSU head coach Larry Eustachy is 4-7 all-time against Wyoming, including 3-5 while at Colorado State. Eustachy has coached CSU to one win in four tries in Arena-Auditorium.
• Against all current teams from the Mountain West Conference, CSU is 356-402 but just 139-245 on the road. Head coach Larry Eustachy is 82-65 overall in his career against the MW but just 25-41 on road floors.

WYOMING – 90-134
(Conference: 63-115)
Home: 50-55 / Away: 37-75 / Neutral: 3-4
(Complete Game-by-Game Results on Page 28)

Eustachy vs. Wyoming
Overall: 4-7 (3-5 at CSU)
(Home 2-2 / Away 1-4 / Neutral 1-1)
Date Loc Coached W/L Score
12/29/93 N Utah State L-ot 69-73
12/21/96 N Utah State W 73-72
12/3/97 A Utah State L 61-67
2/2/13 H Colorado State W 65-46
3/6/13 A Colorado State W 78-56
2/22/14 H Colorado State W 82-67
3/8/14 A Colorado State L 75-83
1/7/15 H Colorado State L 54-60
2/4/15 A Colorado State L 48-59
1/30/16 A Colorado State L 76-83
2/20/16 H Colorado State L 66-84

A Win Over Wyoming Will…
• Move CSU to 91-134 all time in the series, including 38-75 in Laramie.
• Give CSU its 10th MW win this season, making it just the third time since the league was formed in 1999-2000 that the Rams will have won 10 league contests (all under Eustachy).
• Move head coach Larry Eustachy to 5-7 against the Cowboys in his career and 2-4 at Arena-Auditorium.
• Give Larry Eustachy his 105th win in five seasons at CSU and the 507th of his 26-year career.

Scouting Wyoming
• The Cowboys are 16-10 on the season and 6-7 in MW play, having most recently lost at Utah State, 81-74, Feb. 11.
• Picked to finish in 10th in the Mountain West preseason coaches’ poll, Wyoming returned four starters and nine letterwinners from last season’s 14-18 team.
• This season, the Cowboys are led by senior Jason McManamen, the team leader in 3-pointers (60) and minutes (33.7 mpg). Sophomore guard Justin James comes off the bench and leads Wyoming in scoring (14.8 ppg), steals (20) and 3-point field goal percentage (41.4%).

Mountain West Record
• Colorado State – a charter member of the Mountain West – is now 115-158 (.421) in regular-season action against MW foes since the formation of the league in 1999-2000.
• Head coach Larry Eustachy is 48-35 (.578) in MW regular-season action in his time at Colorado State and 52-39 including tournament games.

Eustachy Among the Elite
• CSU head coach Larry Eustachy has ranked among the best coaches in his sport for nearly two and a half decades. Now in his 26th season as a mentor at the NCAA Division I level, he just got his 500th career win against Air Force earlier this month, becoming the 62nd Division I head coach (solely counting wins at the Division I level) to reach that milestone ever.
• His 506 wins ranks 18th among active NCAA Division I coaches (same standard) and is No. 60 all-time (list below)
Current Rankings of Division I Wins for Head Coaches
57. Don DeVoe (five schools) 512
58. Nolan Richardson (Tulsa, Arkansas) 509
59. Hec Edmundson (Idaho, Washington) 508
60. Larry Eustachy (current CSU) 506
61. Harold Anderson (Toledo, Bowling Green) 504
62. Billy Donovan (Marshall, Florida) 502
63. Jay Wright (current Villanova) 500

• The four others that started the year in realistic reach of the 500-win level this year were Wright, Leonard Hamilton (Florida State – 499), John Beilein (Michigan – 498) and Mark Few (Gonzaga – 492).
• In his first season at the helm of the Rams’ program, Eustachy became the only head coach in NCAA Division I history to lead five different programs – CSU, Southern Miss, Iowa State, Utah State and Idaho – to 24 or more wins in a season.
• With a career record of 506-315 (.616), Eustachy ranks as one of just 75 head coaches (out of 351 Division I programs) to have a .600 or better win percentage with a minimum of five years experience. He entered the season tied for 57th on the list, and is one of just 33 coaches in the ranking with at least 20 years of Division I experience.

Moving Up the CSU Coaching Ranks
• CSU head coach Larry Eustachy continues to move up the record chart for the Rams in victories.
• Already starting the season with the highest winning percentage among coaches with at least four years at the school, Eustachy moved from seventh to fourth in career wins over the course of the season, passing Boyd Grant (1988-91) with his 82nd win on Feb. 6, 2016 vs. Nevada.
• Eustachy reached the 100-win plateau at CSU faster than any other coach in school history and just passed Dale Layer (103, 2001-07) for third.
Rk Name Yrs Gms Won Lost Pct.
1. Jim Williams (1955-80) 26 645 352 293 .546
2. Stew Morrill (1992-98) 7 207 121 86 .585
3. Larry Eustachy (2012-16) 5 161 104 57 .646
4. Dale Layer (2001-07) 7 209 103 106 .493
5. Boyd Grant (1988-91) 4 127 81 46 .638
6. Tony McAndrews (1981-87) 7 200 80 120 .400
7. Tim Miles (2007-2012) 5 159 71 88 .447
8. Harry Hughes (1912-25) 14 139 60 79 .432
9. Bill Strannigan (1951-54) 4 116 60 56 .517

National Rankings (Team/Players)
(as of Feb. 13, 2017)
Team (Top 60 of 347 Division I teams)
3-Pt. Field Goal Percentage Def. 30.8 20th
Free Throws Made 456 26th
Field Goal Percentage Def. 40.2 28th
Free Throw Attempts 616 39th
Free Throw Percentage 74.0 53rd
Rebounding Offense 38.46 57th

Players (top 100 nationally)
Emmanuel Omogbo
Total Rebounds 275 11th
Rebounds Per Game 10.6 12th
Defensive Rebounds Per Game 7.65 12th
Double-Doubles 14 15th
Offensive Rebounds Per Game 2.92 66th

Moby Arena Homecourt Advantage
• CSU has a record of 535-216 (.712) record all-time at Moby Arena.
• The Rams are 69-18 (.793) under Larry Eustachy in games played at Moby Arena.
• Colorado State finished the 2015-16 regular season 12-5 at Moby Arena.
The Rams, currently 11-5 at home, are guaranteed a winning home record for the eighth straight season, including all five under head coach Larry Eustachy.
• At 15-2 in 2014-15 at Moby, it marked the fourth time in program history that CSU has won at least 15 home games.
• The Rams finished the regular-season one win shy of the best home mark in program history (16-1 in 2012-13). CSU went 15-2 at Moby in 1987-88.

Road Improvements
• CSU picked up its fourth MW road win at UNLV, Feb. 4, and is now 5-4 on the road this year.
• Under head coach Larry Eustachy, CSU is 24-33 (.421) on the road, above the national average of 32.4 percent.
• Last season, the Rams were 6-11 in games away from Moby Arena.

Rebounding Emphasis Noted
• Head coach Larry Eustachy makes rebounding one of his top priorities in all practices and games and it shows in his record, as CSU is 89-29 under the leader when winning the glass.
• The Rams have won the battle of the boards in 14 of their 26 games this season, going 13-2 in those contests.
• Colorado State is +3.0 on the glass in its 26 games with at least one player with a double-figure rebounding total in 18 of 26 games.
• Last season, CSU finished second in the Mountain West and ranked 25th nationally at 39.97 rebounds per game as well as second in the MW and 35th in the country with a +5.4 rebounding margin.

Adjusting Over the Halftime Break
• CSU has made good adjustments on both ends of the floor during the halftime intermission this season.
• In 23 of 26 games so far, the Rams have improved their shooting from the floor, percentage wise, from the first half to the second half. Combined, CSU has shot 38.5 percent (296-of-768) in the first half as compared to 47.3 percent (333-of-704) in the second half.
• Defensive adjustments have also been evident, as opponents have shot a lower percentage from first to second half from the field in 13 of the 26 games (CSU 8-5 in those contests).
• The totals have definitely translated to the scoreboard, as CSU, as the Rams average scoring +0.8 compared to opponents in the opening half but improve to +4.7 in the second half.

Quick Bits Under Eustachy
• CSU is 91-7 (38-3 MW) when leading with five minutes to play under head coach Larry Eustachy and 95-7 (42-4 MW) when leading with two minutes to go.
• The 21-point loss at Fresno State, Jan. 18, 2017 was a rarity, as it was just the second time that a Eustachy-led CSU team has lost to a MW foe by more than 15 points (16-2 in his five years in MW games decided by 16 points or more.
• The Rams are 87-26 (37-14 MW) when shooting more free throws than their opponent and 91-23 (40-12 MW) when opponent commits more fouls overall.
• When Colorado State forces more turnovers than it gives up, the good guys have posted a 59-16 overall record.
• When the Rams shoot at least 45 percent from the floor, they are 61-6 (27-4 MW) in five years under Eustachy.
• Last year, CSU was 12-4 when leading at halftime, 13-1 when leading with five minutes remaining and 14-3 when ahead with two minutes to go.

Last Time Out – vs. Fresno State
• Colorado State broke open a tie game with a 16-3 run at the start of the second half and ran away with a 78-62 win over defending Mountain West Champions Fresno State, Feb. 11. The Rams earned their sixth win in the last seven games.
• After scoring the first bucket of the game, CSU struggled from the floor, making just three of its first 14 shots. The Rams’ defense kept them in good stead, however, forcing 10 turnovers in the opening period that were converted into 13 points. The game was tied at 11 with 8:22 remaining and the game went back and forth before senior forward Emmanuel Omogbo’s 3-pointer triggered a 6-0 run that put the Rams up 24-18 with just over four minutes to play. After an exchange of buckets, Fresno State went on a 7-0 run to take a 27-26 lead with 2:21 to go. From there, the teams went back and forth, including the final one on a 3-pointer by redshirt-sophomore guard J.D. Paige that put CSU up 31-29 at the halftime break.
• Fresno State scored the first two points on a pair of technical-foul free throws to tie the game. CSU responded with a 16-3 run over the first 5:09 to take a 52-36 advantage with just over 11 minutes to play. From there, the Rams kept the lead, shooting 50 percent (17-of-34) from the floor in the final 20 minutes.
• Paige led the Rams , scoring a career-high tying 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting overall and 5-of-7 from the 3-point arc. Redshirt-senior guard Gian Clavell racked up 19 points, six rebounds and three assists. Omogbo followed with 17 points and three rebounds. Redshirt-freshman center Nico Carvacho accounted for six points, 11 rebounds and one assist. Fresno State guard Deshon Taylor scored a team-high 19 points for the Bulldogs.
(See page 18 for the box score from this game.)

Last Year’s Previous Meetings
• A slow start for the Colorado State men’s basketball team along with a hot start for Wyoming was too much for the host Rams to overcome in a 84-66 loss to the Cowboys at Moby Arena, Feb. 20. Wyoming picked up the season sweep of the Border War and its fifth straight win in the series.
• The visitors got off to a quick start, scoring the first 14 points of the game as the Rams missed their first 10 shots of the game and trailed 17-2 just over six minutes into the contest. The Cowboys built their first-half margin after making 11 of their first 14 shots from the field, including 5-of-7 from the three-point arc and eventually led by as many as 20 at 31-11 with just over eight minutes to play in the first half. CSU got back within 11 with under three minutes to go in the half, but the Cowboys eventually led 41-27 at the halftime break.
• Wyoming knocked down its first two shots to start the final period and build the lead back up to 17 and CSU could get no closer than nine the rest of the way. The Cowboys led by as many as 21 in the late stages of the game.
• Colorado State finished the game at 31.7 percent (20-of-63) from the field, including just 25.8 percent (8-of-31) from the three point line. Wyoming was an impressive 55.4 percent (31-of-56) from the floor, including 45.9 percent (17-of-37) from the three-point arc. CSU did outrebound the visitors, 45-31, and outscored the Cowboys 12-2 in second chance points.
• Junior guard John Gillon led CSU in scoring with 17 points, while junior forward Emmanuel Omogbo had 13 points and senior forward Tiel Daniels had 12, with both players earning double-doubles with 11 rebounds apiece. Wyoming was led by Josh Adams with a game-high 37 points, including going 9-of-15 on three pointers. Jason McManamen added 20, including five three pointers.
(See page 19 for complete box score)

• In the first of two regular-season installments of the “Border War”, the Colorado State men’s basketball couldn’t overcome a slow second-half start and lost 83-76 at Wyoming, Jan. 30, 2016.
• The two teams went back and forth in the first half, finishing it with nothing decided as the Rams and Cowboys were knotted at 32. The hosts got the rhythm going early in the second half, going on a 21-6 run over the first 7:20 of the game to build a 15-point advantage that CSU could not overcome. Colorado State cut it down to a four-point margin at 61-57 on a three-pointer by junior forward Emmanuel Omogbo with 6:31 to go in the game. However, Wyoming pushed it back out to 10 on two occasions and the lead was no fewer than five the rest of the way.
• Free throws were part of the downfall of CSU in the game, as the Rams were a season-low 56.7 percent (17-of-30) from the charity stripe, while Wyoming was 71.4 percent (20-of-28). Wyoming hit on 49.1 percent (27-of-55) from the field while Colorado State was limited to just 41.9 percent (26-of-62). The Rams did hold a distinctive 45-31 advantage on the glass, converting that into a 17-10 margin in second-change points. CSU had just seven turnovers but Wyoming had a season-low two and converted the Rams’ miscues into 12 points.
• Senior guard Antwan Scott led three Rams in double figures with 19 points, while senior forward Tiel Daniels had a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. Omogbo finished with 11 points. Wyoming was led by guard Josh Adams, who scored 26 of his game-high 28 points in the second half. Jason McManamen tallied 19 points, including five three-pointers.
(See page 20 for complete box score)

Taking Charity
• For the season, CSU is 74.0 percent from the charity line, ranking 26th nationally in free throws made and 39th in free throws attempted.
• The Rams have also made 456 free throws while their opponents have combined for just 496 total attempts.
• In the win at Colorado Nov. 30, the Rams made their first 18 free throws in a row, a key reason that CSU won the road game.
• However in their loss at Long Beach State Dec. 22, the Rams shot a season-low 40.0 percent (8-of-20) from the free throw line.
• Last year, Colorado State did its job overall at the free throw line in its 34 games, connecting on 71.8 percent (618-of-861) of its attempts. The Rams were a touch lower at 70.2 percent (308-of-439) from the line in conference action.
• The Rams made 618 free throw attempts in 2015-16, while their opponents had just 703 total attempts from the line. CSU ranked 19th nationally in free throws made and 18th in free throw attempts.

Double-Double, Omogbo’s Trouble
• Senior forward Emmanuel Omogbo has been a load for opposing teams since late last season, overcoming the family tragedy in January 2016.
• Omogbo currently leads the Mountain West and ranks 12th nationally at 10.6 rebounds a game to go with his 14.1 points a contest (13th in MW) and league-high 14 double-doubles (15th in NCAA Division I).
• His nine double-doubles in Mountain West play this year is tied for the 9th most in league history in MW action (12 is the current league record).
• This year, Omogbo ranks in the CSU record book in:
– 1st in single-season defensive rebound average (7.65)
– 4th in single-season defensive rebounds (199)
– t-5th in single season rebounding average (10.6)
– 7th in single-season total rebounds (275)
– 7th in single-season offensive rebound average (2.96)
– t-11th in single-season offensive rebounds (76)
– t-2nd in career offensive rebound average (3.02)
– 3rd in career defensive rebound average (6.14)
– t-4th in career rebounding average (9.2 rpg)
– 12th in career defensive rebounds (362)
– 11th in career offensive rebounds (178)
– 18th in total career rebounds (540)

• He had 13 points and 11 boards against Kansas State at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Dec. 17, before his double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds against UNLV, Dec. 28.
• He just missed a double-double with a career-high 22 points and game-high nine rebounds at Boise State, Dec. 31. However he followed it up with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win at San Jose State, Jan. 4.
• Omogbo had team-highs 20 points and season-high 16 rebounds at Utah State, Jan. 21, before his more recent 12-point, 11-rebound outing in the win over San Jose State, Jan. 25.
• The senior scored a career-high 24 points, with 17 coming in the final half, in the win at San Diego State, Jan. 28.
• For his CSU career, Omogbo now has 22double-doubles.

Clavell Can Fill It
• Redshirt-senior guard Gian Clavell is having a strong return to the Rams’ lineup in his final collegiate season after receiving a medical redshirt for last season.
• He returned to the lineup Dec. 10 against Northern Colorado after sitting out the first nine contests due to a suspension for a violation of CSU’s Student-Athlete Code of Conduct. He scored 15 points off the bench in the Rams’ victory. He then followed it up with 16 points versus Kansas State at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Dec. 17.
• He had his first double-double of the year with 21 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in the win over UNLV, Dec. 28. He followed it up with 22 points at Boise State, Dec. 31.
• Clavell scored a then season-high 28 points, including a team season-best five three-pointers, in the win over Air Force, Jan. 7. The 28 points were the most he has scored in his career in a 40-minute game.
• The guard had his third double-double of the season and six of his CSU career with 24 points and a season-best 12 rebounds against San Jose State, Jan. 25.
• Recently, he was stellar on Jan. 28 in the team’s first win at San Diego State since 2003. Clavell had a career-high 37 points, including 30 in the second half on 11-of-14 shooting, and hit the game-winning layup with 3.8 seconds to play. He also added eight rebounds.
• His performances against San Jose State and San Diego State earned Clavell Mountain West Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career.
• Clavell currently leads the team in scoring at 18.2 points per game (3rd in MW play at 20.8 ppg), having scored in double figures in 16 of his 17 appearances this season. He also is shooting 45.2 percent from the floor (8th in MW), 44.0 percent from the 3-point line (2nd in MW) and grabbing 7.2 rebounds a game (7th in MW).
• He also ranks 18th on CSU’s all-time chart with 115 career three-pointers and 15th in three-pointers attempted.

Nixon Does It All
• Sophomore Prentiss Nixon has become an integral part of the CSU lineup this season.
• The guard has averaged 12.2 points per game this year, scoring in double figures in 17 games, including a streak of eight straight (all MW contests where he is averaging 12.8 points per game – 20th in the MW in conference games).
• He scored a career-high 30 points against Kansas State and surpassed his season high from last year four times.
• Against Utah State Feb. 7, Nixon recorded career bests of seven rebounds and seven assists along with 11 points in the home victory over the Aggies.
• Nixon has also been stellar on the defensive end of the floor, drawing a team-high 28 charges/offensive fouls this season and creating 20 steals, fourth on the team.

Paige Wheeling & Dealing
• Redshirt-sophomore J.D. (or as Coach Eustachy calls him Jeremiah) Paige has been adjusting well to his new role within CSU’s offense.
• Paige leads CSU assists (2.7 apg), is third in steals (1.10spg) and blocked shots (0.7) and fourth in scoring (9.3 ppg).
• The Denver, Colo., native had a solid outing against Alcorn State (11/23), recording career bests of 23 points and six assists in the home victory.
• Paige tied his career high with 23 points, including a career-best five three-pointers in the win over Fresno State, Feb. 11.

Young Guards Stepping Up Scoring
• Redshirt-sophomore J.D. Paige and sophomore Prentiss Nixon are both showing what a year of college basketball can do for confidence and skills.
• Last season, Paige averaged 4.9 points a game and shot just 33.8 percent from the field, while Nixon was 4.8 points and 38.9 percent from the floor.
• This year, the duo has increased their scoring averages by more than double combined, as Nixon is at 12.2 points per game while Paige is currently at 9.3 points per contest.

Carvacho Growing On the Floor
• Redshirt-freshman center Nico Carvacho is showing his increased comfort level on the floor for the Rams.
• Carvacho had a breakout game at Colorado, Nov. 30, scoring 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting and grabbing 9 rebounds.
• Against Northern Colorado Dec. 10, he posted his first collegiate double-double of 13 points (5-of-6 FG) and 11 boards.
• Recently, he had 12 points on 5-of-7 FG and six rebounds at Fresno State, Jan. 18.
• He tallied his third double-figure scoring game of the year with 10 points and eight rebounds in the win versus San Jose State, Jan. 25.
• He leads the Rams at 52.6 percent (50-of-95) from the field and is third in rebounding at 5.1 per game.

It’s TV Time For the Rams
• All of Colorado State’s home conference games will be available via network broadcasts, with all 18 MW handled by major partners. In total for the year, Colorado State has a combined 23 games selected for broadcast on CBS Sports Network (seven), ROOT Sports (seven), ESPN networks (five) and Mountain West Network on Campus Insiders (two) along with a pair of Pac-12 Network road games.
• The selection of games by the Mountain West’s television partners shifted five of the Rams’ league games to Tuesday nights, including Boise State (ESPN3 on Jan. 31), Utah State (ROOT Sports on Feb. 7), at Wyoming (ROOT Sports on Feb. 14), at New Mexico (CBS Sports Network on Feb. 21) and Wyoming at home (ROOT Sports on Feb. 28). Additionally, the game against UNLV on Dec. 28 was on ESPNU.

Returning/Lost…By the Numbers
• The Rams added several key newcomers for 2016-17 as Colorado State looked to fill some gaps from last year’s production on the floor.
• Here is a quick look at what the Rams returned in major statistical categories:
Category Total (R/L) % Returning
> Scoring 2700 (942 / 1758) 34.9%
> Rebounding 1246 (500 / 746) 40.1%
> Assists 455 (156 / 299) 34.3%
> Blocks 77 (31 / 46) 40.3%
> Steals 131 (39 / 92) 29.8%
> Minutes 7000 (2461 / 4539) 35.2%

Stacking of the Classes
• CSU finally has the stack of classes that head coach Larry Eustachy has desired since taking over the program, though it won’t take effect until next season.
• Because of four experienced Division I transfers sitting out, next year’s roster is scheduled to have three seniors, five juniors and four sophomores with college playing experience along with one JUCO transfer.

Eustachy’s Contract Extended
• Colorado State Director of Athletics Joe Parker announced a one-year extension to the contract of head men’s basketball coach Larry Eustachy. This guarantees that Eustachy will remain at the helm of the Rams through the 2020-21 season.

Mountain West Tourney Around the Corner
• The 2017 Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championship is back in Las Vegas, March 9-12. All-session passes are available for the postseason tournament that includes a NCAA Tournament berth to the winner by going to theMW.com.

Coaches’ Shows Are Back
• The Coors Light Basketball Coaches Show, featuring men’s head coach Larry Eustachy and women’s head coach Ryun Williams are back on Monday nights at 6 p.m. at Lucky Joe’s in Old Town Fort Collins. All fans are invited to join the coaches and get the update on both programs through the first weeks of the season.
• The remaining Monday dates for the Basketball Coaches’ Shows are Feb. 13, 23 (Thursday night special) & 27.

Looking Ahead
• Colorado State will take a week off before going on the road to Albuquerque to take on New Mexico, Feb. 21.
• Tip off between the Rams and Lobos at WisePies Arena (aka The Pit) is set for 8 p.m. MT as the game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
• It will also air across the Colorado State Sports Network, including flagship KARS 102.9 FM, with Brian Roth on the play-by-play and Adam Nigon handling the analysis.

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