Colorado State (9-5, 1-0) started to find their rhythm in their 91-77 victory over UNLV on Wednesday night. A dominate second half that featured a 25-3 run helped snap the Rams three game losing streak and get Larry Eustachy’s bunch off on the right foot in Mountain West conference play.
Colorado State will need a continuation of their second half play against UNLV if they want to beat Boise State. Boise State (8-4, 1-0) muscled their way to a victory in their conference opener by knocking off Utah State 83-80 in Logan, UT. They are led by junior guard Chandler Hutchison who is averaging almost 18 points and eight rebounds a game. He is the only player in the Mountain West to be in the top five in both categories.
Colorado State seniors Gian Clavell and Emmanuel Omogbo both had double-doubles against UNLV and will need similar performances on Saturday. Clavell is starting to find his game legs after serving his suspension and is taking some scoring pressure off of Omogbo. This is opening up the floor for better shots for the rest of the team and a slight improvement in three-point shooting.
A key match-up will be Omogbo and the feisty Boise State senior forward Nick Duncan. These two will be scratching and clawing for every loose ball, fighting for every position on every shot and whoever gets into foul trouble first could dictate who wins this game.
The Rams took two out of three from the Broncos last season but all three games were tight up until the very end. Tip off is scheduled for 4pm MST at Taco Bell Arena and can be seen on ESPN3.