The Colorado St. Rams have bigger things to play for than the Mountain West tournament, and that is why head coach Larry Eustachy is more than likely holding out starting guard Dorian Green out for the rest of the Mountain West tournament due to a sprained ankle.
In Eustachy's post game press conference, after their closer to expected win, he said that Green is out against UNLV:
"I think it's etched in stone that he won't play," he said of the ankle injury postgame Wednesday. "It's a little more severe than we thought."
"This tournament is extremely important, but obviously the NCAA tournament is what we've worked for all year," Eustachy said "If there's any doubt at all, he won't play."
Filling that void of 13.1 points per game is going to be difficult, especially if Colton Iverson and Pierce Hornung struggle like they did against Fresno State. The duo combined for just 11 points and 14 rebounds, that is an amount that both players could achieve by themselves, not together.
Colorado State does have Wes Eikmeier who came up big with 18 points, but the Rams need more then just him to step up if they want to beat UNLV.
The NCAA tournament is obviously the main goal, and with Colorado State already ensured a spot in the tournament, why take the risk. The Rams currently are projected right around a six or seven seed, and a win in the conference tournament might boost them to a four seed. While a loss in the semifinals or finals will not damage their seeding all that much.
With this Colorado State team being the best in school history, they should be playing it safe and getting Green as healthy as possible for the NCAA tournament.