Colorado State (3-0) at Washington (2-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 24, 7:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000) -- Seattle, Washington. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: CSU 2-0, Washington 1-1. Away Record: CSU 1-0, Washington 0-0. Neutral Record: CSU 0-0, Washington 1-1. Conference Record: CSU 0-0, Washington 0-0. Series Record: Series is tied, 1-1.
GAME NOTES: The Colorado State Rams venture outside of the Centennial State for the first time this season, as they put their unblemished record on the line in the Pacific Northwest on Saturday against the Washington Huskies.
Larry Eustachy's debut season in Fort Collins couldn't have started much better, as the team has opened with three straight wins, taking down Montana (72-65) and Chadron State (93-50) at home, before besting Denver on the road on Wednesday, 60-53.
Lorenzo Romar's Huskies have split their four games on the year, going 1-1 at home against Loyola-Maryland (85-63 win) and Albany (63-62 loss), prior to splitting a pair of games against Seton Hall (84-73 overtime win) and Ohio State 77-66 loss) as part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off.
These two team have split a pair of meetings all-time, but those contests occurred in the early 1960s.
It certainly wasn't Colorado State's best offensive performance, but the Rams made up for it with stifling defense, limiting the hometown Pioneers to a mere 53 points on just 29.5 percent shooting, while outrebounding Denver 47-33. Colton Iverson and Dorian Green led the way offensively for CSU, finishing with 16 points apiece. Iverson completed a double-double with 13 rebounds. Wes Eikmeier added 13 points in support, while Pierce Hornung finished with eight points and 11 rebounds.
Colorado State has been solid at both ends of the floor this season, boasting of a +19.0 scoring margin, averaging 75.0 ppg, while giving up just 56.0 ppg. The real strength has been on the glass, where the team owns an impressive +17.0 rebounding margin. Iverson, a transfer from Minnesota, has made an immediate impact, leading the team in both scoring and rebounding with a double-double of 17.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. He is the only current Ram averaging double figures in scoring, as Green is next in line at 9.0 ppg. Hornung (7.7 ppg) gives Colorado State another imposing figure on the glass at 12.0 rpg.
The Huskies went 9-of-18 from behind the arc and shot .479 from the floor overall, but it wasn't enough in an 11-point loss to the fourth-ranked Buckeyes. C.J. Wilcox led the way in defeat with 18 points. Fellow guards Abdul Gaddy and Scott Suggs chipped in with 15 and 11 points, respectively. Center Aziz N'Diaye just missed a double-double with nine points and 11 boards.
Washington has been a solid offensive team as well, delivering on a healthy 48.8 percent from the floor, including an impressive 42.2 percent from long range (27-of-64). Scoring depth is solid with four of the five starters averaging double digits. Gaddy leads the way with 16.0 ppg. Wilcox is a close second at 15.5 ppg as the pair have combined for 16 of the team's 27 3- pointers. N'Diaye has been a force in the paint, averaging a double-double with 11.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. Suggs rounds out the top scoring threats at 10.3 ppg.
The Huskies have already lost at home once this season and the way Colorado State is playing right now, Washington may have to deal with another loss on its home floor.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Colorado State 74, Washington 71
11/24 10:30:47 ET