The second half of the conference schedule begins now with the final Border War of the year. Wyoming (8-14, 1-7) needs a victory now more than ever and a win over the Rams would mean a lot for a disenfranchised fan base. CSU (15-7, 5-3) comes into the game with a last second loss to MWC leader San Diego State on Wednesday. The Pokes can relate after hanging close in their loss to BYU.
These two teams met in Fort Collins on January 4th with the Rams taking a 73-60 victory. Wyoming came out strong in that game but their halftime lead was dwindled down to 39-37. The second half was all CSU and the Rams hit 14 three pointers in the victory. This trend of horrific perimeter defense has lasted throughout the conference portion of the schedule.
The Rams are almost certain to get an NIT spot this year but they are fighting for a shot in the NCAA tournament. They have conference wins over Wyoming, UNLV, TCU, Air Force and Utah. Andy Ogide is still taking care of business with 16.2 point 7.7 rebounds and shooting 58% from the field. Travis Franklin is nearly up to 15 points per game. Adam Nigon had 21 points in the first edition of the Border War that all came on three pointers. If the former walk on gets hot again then this could be a rough game.
Colorado State are eight point favorites heading into the game. Wyoming will need to step up their defense like they did against BYU if they want to pull this one out.