A drop off was expected for the Colorado State Rams, especially since they are down to 7 scholarship players. I don’t think anyone expected what has happened.
After all the hubbub surrounding what happened after the New Mexico game, some expected the Rams to use that as fuel for the rest of the season. Against Fresno State, the Rams seemed to let it get to them and laid an egg.
The Rams had a cold shooting night that was reminiscent of the game against Fresno in last year’s MW Conference Tournament. The Rams at one point went 2-29 from the field. The Rams didn’t have a cold shooting streak like that, but nothing seemed to fall.
They will look to rebound against Utah State. These teams usually are a good match up to watch. You never know what to expect. One game could be a shootout like last year’s game in Fort Collins, which ended 96-92. Or you could end up with a slow paced slug fest like 3 years ago in Logan, which ended 57-50.
The Rams will need their good side to show up this game. The team that moves the ball around the whole court. The team that looks for the extra pass. And the team that tries to work it inside. If the Rams become stagnant on offense, the offense suffers.
On defense the Rams just need to focus. When they lose focus is when the Rams preform poorly. A lot of the Fresno 3 point shots the other day were contested they were just falling. This led to the Rams losing focus, because they thought what more do I need to do on defense.
The Utah State Aggies were picked to finish 6th in the preseason poll. Right now, they are sitting last in conference. Most of their conference losses have been close, with only the loss to San Diego State being a loss by more than 10 points.
Jalen Moore, Koby McEwen, and Shane Rector lead the Aggies team. Moore averages 17 points a game and McEwen averages 14. Rector rounds out the double digit scoring averages with 10. As a whole, the Aggies rebound well. But individually they don’t have one great rebounder.
With Emmanuel Omogbo, especially, and the Rams as a whole the Aggies might have trouble on the boards. If the Rams can control the boards, they have a good chance of winning.
Gian Clavell and Prentiss Nixon will lead the Rams back court. Clavell is a spark plug who can start up the Rams offense at anytime. Prentiss Nixon is growing into his role as an undersized 2 guard.
The game will be played in Logan, Utah. Tip off is at 7pm MST. Game will be broadcast on Campus Insiders, the Mountain West Network, and Twitter.