Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 9:00pm EST
Colorado State Stadium, Fort Collins
Written by Joshua Broom
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 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 compliment a reliable nine-man rotation. Canberk Kus, J.J. Matthews, Marquis Eaton and Caleb Fields serves 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).
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.
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