In what should be an exciting 224th Border War, Josh Adams and Wyoming will square off against their Colorado State counterpart, Antwan Scott and company. Both Adams and Scott are coming off 32-point and 23-point performances, respectively. Wyoming sits at 10-12 and 9th in the MWC, while Colorado State is 12-8 and 5th. Both teams could use a win to boost their positions in the conference and improve their chances for the NIT, provided that neither team makes a surprising run in the conference tournament.
For the visiting Colorado State Rams, the objective is simple: contain Josh Adams. Adams has single-handedly taken over tight games for the Cowboys. Against a scorer as prolific as Adams, Colorado State will have a hard time making this a defensive battle.
Adams must be combated with discipline and forced to make his teammates step into bigger roles. Also, Colorado State should expect a big night out of their upperclassman leaders, Antwan Scott and Emmanuel Omogbo. Scott needs to be a major scoring threat, and Omogbo should be ready for a signature monstrous day on the glass, if necessary.
Wyoming, on the other hand, faces the challenge of contesting a first-rate point guard in Antwan Scott and disrupting the selflessness that defines Coach Larry Eustachy's program. While Scott is a major scoring threat, he is by no means their whole team.
Shockingly, on a Colorado State team averaging over 80 points per game, no player is averaging more than Scott's 16.1 points per game (other than injured Gian Clavell's 19.1). Colorado State spreads the wealth, and Wyoming must also compensate for the fact that they are last in the Mountain West in rebounds per game. Colorado State is fourth with over seven more rebounds per game than Wyoming. It sounds cliché, but the name of the game for Wyoming must be defense and rebounding.
Colorado State-Wyoming is live from Arena-Auditorium at 4 p.m. MT. The game is available to stream here.