Sunbelt meets Mountain West Conference tonight as the Arkansas State Red Wolves visit Colorado State.
One season after finishing 13-19, behind third-year head coach Mike Balado, Arkansas State has surprised with a 4-1 start. The Red Wolves hold three-straight wins after being blown out by 2019 NCAA Tournament inclusion Ole Miss. Arkansas State’s most recent win came 82-68 on Nov. 17 vs. Idaho.
Meanwhile, after a 12-20 season, Colorado State has surprised as well, starting 2019 3-1. Second-year coach Niko Medved looks to bring the Rams respectability as he moves forward as a program architect. Colorado State’s most recent win came 74-64 on Nov. 16 vs. host Loyola Marymount.
The host Rams open tonight as -12.5 point favorites.
Arkansas State seeks continuity after fast startAfter adding regarded grad transfer Jerry Johnson Jr. and returning a solid core, Arkansas State averages 68.2 ppg and holds opponents to 62.2 ppg.
The Red Wolves sport four double-figure scorers to complement a reliable nine-man rotation. Canberk Kus, J.J. Matthews, Marquis Eaton and Caleb Fields serve as Balado’s primary offense. Eaton added 22 points to highlight the Red Wolves’ recent 82-68 win over Idaho. Flanking Eaton that night was the trio of Kus (13), Matthew (19) and frosh Caleb Fields (13).
Game Notes: Travel day as we head to Colorado State for the fourth all-time meeting with the Rams.— AStateMB (@AStateMB) November 19, 2019
🆚 Colorado State
📆 Nov. 20
🕗 8:00 PM (CT)
📍 Fort Collins, Colo.
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Before a growing CSU arena, Arkansas State will require offensive efficiency to overcome their underdog status. The Red Wolves lost their only home game played this year.
Colorado looks to cover tonight while rebuildingGradually declining since a 24-win 2017 campaign, last year’s leading rebounder Nico Carvacho is back and helping his Rams start fast. Carvacho is flanked by talented wings Isaiah Stevens, Kris Martin and Adam Thistlewood. The rebuilding Rams play an eight-man rotation after losing key performers from last season die to graduation or transfer.
To cap their most recent win Nov. 16, Rams standout Stevens led all scorers with 21 points. Teammates Carvacho (17 pts, seven rbs) and Martin (11) joined Stevens in double figures on a night offensive productivity and timely defense secured a 74-64 victory against the Lions.
#CSURams (3-1) Back Home To Host Arkansas State (4-1) Wednesday night - Rams to tip against the Red Wolves at 7 pm in Moby Arena— Colorado State Men’s Basketball (@CSUMBasketball) November 18, 2019
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Colorado State averages 70.8 ppg and allow 70.2 ppg. The Rams are 2-0 from home this season.
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- Red Wolves are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games.