It’s a Mountain West matchup out in the Golden State on the parquet floor. The Colorado State Rams are on the road as they pay a visit to the Fresno State Bulldogs Saturday night. Colorado State snapped a seven game slide with a 90-79 home win over San Jose State in their last game last Saturday. Fresno State won their third in a row as they rolled over San Jose State 77-57 on the road Wednesday night. The Bulldogs have a 16-14 edge in the all-time series and have won four of the last five meetings, including an 82-79 road win in the first matchup this season on January 6.
Colorado State Rams Try for Back to Back Wins
Colorado State has had a week off after taking down San Jose State to snap a seven game slide while playing under their third-string head coach. The Rams improved to 11-16 overall on the year and 4-10 in the Mountain West after winning under coach Jase Herl. Colorado State led by six at the half and reeled off a 10-0 run midway through the second half after seeing their lead trimmed to one: they weren’t seriously threatened again. The Rams shot 50.7 percent from the field, hit 11 of 33 three point attempts and won the rebounding battle 42-36. Nico Carvacho led Colorado State with 26 points and 20 boards in the win.
The Rams are below average on the offensive end as they enter this game ranked 220th in the nation with 72.6 points a game. Colorado State is 54th in the nation in rebounding with 38.3 rebounds per game while ranking 237th with 12.8 assists per game. The Rams are a lousy tied for 294th in scoring defense as they allow 77.3 points a night. Colorado State shoots 41.8 percent from the floor as a team this season. The Rams splash seven threes a night but are shooting 33 percent from three point range. Colorado State is average at the charity stripe as they convert 72.9 percent of their opportunities this season. Prentiss Nixon leads the team with 16.2 points per contest while Jeremiah Paige is chipping in 10.4 points a night. Che Bob (10.2 points, 6.4 rebounds), Deion James (10.3 points), Nico Carvacho, Anthony Bonner, Lorenzo Jenkins and Raquan Mitchell each contribute at least four points a night for Colorado State.
Fresno State Bulldogs Seek Fourth Straight Win
Fresno State has won three straight as they pounded the hapless Spartans into the ground. The Bulldogs ran their record to 18-8 overall and are 8-5 in the Mountain West, putting them in third place in the conference. Fresno State led by just one at the half but outscored San Jose State 45-26 in the second half to pick up the one-sided victory. The Bulldogs shot 44.4 percent from the field and connected on 11 of 29 three point attempts in the game. Jaron Hopkins led Fresno State with 20 points and seven rebounds in the win.
The Bulldogs are above average on the offensive end as they are 70th in the nation with an average of 78.3 points a night. Fresno State is 253rd in the nation in rebounding with 34 boards per game and stand 181st with 13.7 assists per night. The Bulldogs are tied for 85th in the nation in scoring defense as they allow 68.7 points per game. Fresno State is shooting 50 percent from the field as a team. The Bulldogs knock down 7.2 three point field goals per game but shoot 40.7 percent from beyond the arc. Fresno State has to be better at the free throw line as they convert 69.8 percent from the line as a team this season. Deshon Taylor leads the team with 18.6 points per game. Bryson Williams (12.8 points, 5.8 rebounds), Ray Bowles Jr. (10.8 points), Jaron Hopkins (11.5 points, 5.7 boards) and Jahmel Taylor (9.4 points) all are reliable scoring options. Terrell Carter II, Nate Grimes and Sam Bittner each put up at least 4.8 points a game.
- Rams are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- Rams are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- Rams are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win
- Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
- Bulldogs are 24-6 ATS in their last 30 games following a ATS win
Colorado State has had their struggles and while they are coming off a week off and a win in their last game, it came against a San Jose State that is winless in Mountain West play. The Rams beat the Spartans by 13 at home while the Bulldogs won by 20 on the road against the same team. Fresno State is playing well right now and that should give them the upper hand in this contest. The Bulldogs ring up a fourth straight win as the inconsistent Colorado State rotation costs them another game.