The Colorado State Rams (5-1,0-0) are off to another solid start. Their only loss came on the road to Stanford. Wednesday night they face another PAC-12 opponent and in state rival Colorado Buffaloes (5-1, 0-0).
Larry Eustachy’s squad has begun to come together over the last three games. While the competition is not at the level the will see on Wednesday night in Boulder, it should give Colorado State fans hope that the 2016-2017 version of the Rams will do better than the preseason media polls predicted.
Offensively the ball still goes through senior Emmanuel Omogbo who has a double-double in four of the Rams six games. Omogbo is starting to get some help from junior forward Che Bob and redshirt sophomore guard J.D. Paige. Paige had the hot hand in the Rams last game scoring a game high 23 points while going 3-6 from behind the arc.
Colorado is off to another hot start under sixth year head coach Tad Boyle. The Buffaloes haven’t shown any ill-effects after losing three year MVP Josh Scott. Senior forward Xavier Johnson is showing zero rust after missing all of the 2015-2016 season with an achilles injury. Along with guards George King and Josh Fortune, Colorado poses a tall task for the Eustachy’s bunch.
Colorado State will have to continue to improve with their outside shooting if they are to give Omogbo a chance down low. While the three point accuracy isn’t what it was a year ago, they have shown improvement over the last three game after their horrendous 6-33 start in their first two games.
It’s been a pretty even series over the last seven years and this one should be close. Tip off from the Coors Event Center is scheduled for Wednesday at 7pm MT and can be seen on the Pac 12 Network.