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Utah State at Colorado State MWC Basketball Preview

The Aggies visit the Rams with pride and conference rankings on the line.

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The Utah State Aggies (14-9, 4-7 MWC) visit the Colorado State Rams (14-10, 5-6 MWC) tonight in Mountain West conference play. Both teams struggled early in the season, but have done well in recent games. USU was on a five game losing streak before winning two in a row last week. CSU lost four of its last seven, including a visit to USU's Spectrum before also winning both of their games last week. With little more than pride on the line, and perhaps a slightly higher seed in the conference tournament next month, this game is nevertheless important to both teams.

Both the Aggies and Rams had very good games last week: USU beat Nevada and Boise State at home, and CSU beat UNLV at home and Air Force on the road. With a win here, either team could establish a solid groove heading in the final stretch of the regular season. CSU is heading into their easiest stretch of conference play, having already finished home and away games against SDSU, UNM, and Nevada. The toughest test remaining for the Rams is a contest on the road against UNLV. The Aggies, meanwhile, have the worst yet to come with road games against SDSU and UNM, and a home game against UNLV.

For USU in particular this game has great significance. The Aggies have had only one season in the Stew Morrill era with less than 20 wins, the 1998-99 season- Morrill's first at Utah State. With seven games remaining on the schedule before the conference tournament and six wins needed to reach the 20 win mark, the clock is winding down, and every game counts.