Colorado State (9-6, 1-1) has already had more heartbreaking losses so far this season than any team in college basketball will have all year. Wednesday nights matchup against the revitalized San Jose State Spartans (7-5, 0-1) squad will test the Rams resolve as they look to get their second road and conference win of the season.
Colorado State has lost four of their last five games and the last three by a combined five points. While there is always room for improvement, Larry Eustachy’s group has found some consistency on offense, rebounds well, and plays solid defense. There is only one thing left to do to become a contender in the Mountain West Conference and that’s ‘finish’.
Finishing will be a tall order against the Spartans. San Jose State is one win away from matching their win total from all of last year and they are led by one of the better players in the Mountain West in sophomore forward Brandon Clarke. Clarke is eighth in the conference in scoring (15 points per game), fifth in rebounding (7.7 a game) and second in field goal percentage (55%).
Colorado State’s senior forward Emmanuel Omogbo will see plenty of Clarke on Wednesday night. Where Clarke is good, Omogbo is just as good if not better Averaging a double-double this season and leading the Mountain West in rebounding, Omogbo is getting plenty of scoring help from senior guard Gian Clavell. This inside-out combo has provided that offensive consistency that Colorado State has been searching for. They’ll need a near perfect game if they want to grab their second conference win of the season.
Last years game in San Jose went to overtime with Colorado State taking the victory. This one should be just as close. Tip off for this one is Wednesday January 4th at 8pm MST and can be seen on Campus Insiders, or below.