Colorado State (6-0) at Colorado (6-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, December 5, 10:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Coors Events Center (11,064) -- Boulder, Colorado. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: CSU 4-0, Colorado 3-0. Away Record: CSU 2-0, Colorado 0-1. Neutral Record: CSU 0-0, Colorado 3-0. Conference Record: CSU 0-0, Colorado 0-0. Series Record: Colorado leads, leads 86-36.
GAME NOTES: No longer among the nationally ranked, the Colorado Buffaloes try to renew confidence in their program as they clash with the Colorado State Rams on Wednesday night at the Coors Events Center in Boulder.
Off to a 6-0 start for the first time since the 1989-90 campaign when they actually finished with a dismal 12-18 mark, the Buffaloes played their first true road game of the campaign over the weekend and were met with a 76-69 loss versus undefeated Wyoming in Laramie. The six wins prior to the setback represented the most wins in a single season during the month of November for Colorado.
Meanwhile the Rams, already 2-0 on the road in 2012-13, remain perfect after six outings with half of those games being decided by more than double digits. However, on Saturday the team had to fight hard in order to come away with a 79-72 victory versus Evansville at Moby Arena as part of the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Conference Challenge. The win was also the 17th straight at home for CSU.
Should the Rams pick up the win in this game, the 7-0 mark would represent the best start in program history.
As far as the all-time series between these familiar foes is concerned, Colorado owns an 86-36 advantage over the Rams and is an impressive 51-8 at home. The Buffs have won all but one of the last 16 matchups since 1979, the lone setback being a 72-69 final six years ago.
Colorado State scored the first points of the game against the Purple Aces and never looked back, leading by as many as 18 points in the second half before settling for the seven-point decision. Greg Smith led the offense with 19 points, pulling down eight rebounds, while Dorian Green, Wes Eikmeier and Colton Iverson all posted 16 points, the latter accounting for a game-high 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots for the group as well. Iverson, a 63.8 percent shooter from the floor in the early going, is averaging a double-double with 16.5 ppg and 11.2 rpg. Perhaps most impressive about the Rams at the moment is that they've been able to pull together in the last couple of games without Pierce Hornung (12.0 rpg) who has been out with symptoms from a concussion, giving Iverson more of a chance to shine in the paint. Green (12.7 ppg), Smith (12.2 ppg) and Eikmeier (10.8 ppg) have this team scoring 77.0 ppg at the moment.
Wyoming trailed by two points at the break against the Buffaloes over the weekend, but the team bounced back with 51.9 percent shooting from the floor and 17-of-25 at the charity stripe in the second half in order to set down Colorado. Andre Roberson turned in a double-double for the visiting Buffs with his 16 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out, while Spencer Dinwiddie responded with a game-high 24 points, to go along with six rebounds and four assists in the losing cause. A major problem for Colorado was the fact that the squad turned the ball over 17 times and was outscored at the charity stripe by a 21-12 margin. Askia Booker, who is now second on the team in scoring with 15.3 ppg, made only 2-of-13 shots from the floor versus the Cowboys. Dinwiddie (16.1 ppg) and Roberson (11.6 ppg, 11.1 rpg) seem to be much more reliable at the offensive end of the floor than Booker who has show only 40.6 percent from the field.
Regardless of records at this point, this is one of those rivalry games that takes on a life of its own and because of that, expect the Buffaloes to bounce back and defend their home floor.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Colorado 75, Colorado State 72
12/05 10:32:44 ET