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November 24, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Scouting report: Colorado State

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Scouting report: Colorado State
Game info: 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000 capacity)
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Kevin Calabro and Detlef Schrempf)
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Mike Gastineau and Jason Hamilton)
Record: 3-0.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Click here.
Coach: Larry Eustachy is 3-0 in his first season with the Rams. His career record is 405-268 in 22 years including stints at Southern Mississippi (142-113), Iowa State (101-59), Utah State (98-53) and Idaho (61-33).
Prediction: Picked to finish fourth in the nine-team Mountain West by media who cover the conference.
Series: Washington is 1-1.
Last meeting: The Rams won 82-52 on Dec. 23, 1963.
Previous game: Colorado State won 60-53 at Denver on Wednesday.
PLAYER TO WATCH:
— In his first game for Colorado State, newcomer Colton Iverson (above, far right) finished with 18 points and eight rebounds to lead the Rams to a season-opening 72-65 win over Montana. The 6-10 senior center also had 18 in the next game – a 93-50 win over Division II Chadron State – and was named the Mountain West Player of the Week.
Iverson has led CSU in scoring in every game. He had 16 points and 13 rebounds on Wednesday.
Iverson began his career at Minnesota. He started 27 of 31 games as freshman, four of 35 as a sophomore and 11 of 31 as a junior. In his final season with the Golden Gophers, Iverson averaged 5.4 points and 5.0 rebounds. His career Minnesota averages are 5.3 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game.


OVERVIEW:
— Colorado State starts five starters including three award winners in 2011-12.
— Senior guard Wes Eikmeier is a one of three CSU returning players who received postseason honors in 2011-12. He was a first-team all-Mountain West selection last season. He was also an all-district pick by the U.S. Basketball Writers
Association and and a second-team choice by the National Association of Basketball Coaches
— Senior guard Dorian Green was a third-team all-MW honoree and was also named NABC second-team all-district. He needs 16 points to crack CSU’s top 15 all-time scoring list.
— Senior forward Pierce Hornung was also a third-team all-MW selection and the first Ram ever named to the Mountain West all-defensive team. At 6-5, he’s undersized at forward but he’s CSU’s top rebounder.
— Sophomore guard Daniel Bejarano began his college career at Arizona before transferring. He sat out last season. He averages 7.3 points and 5.3 rebounds as a reserve.
— Colorado State returns seven letter winners from a 20-12 team that advanced to the NCAA tournament last season. The Rams lost 58-41 to Murray State in its first game.
— Colorado State is 121-241 (.334) all-time against current members of the Pac-12 contest, with a majority of those matchups coming against former conference foe Utah (148 games) and in-state rival Colorado (120 games).
— The Rams have started the same starting lineup in every game.
STARTING LINEUP:
C – Colton Iverson, 6-10, 251, Sr., 17.3 ppg., 10.0 rpg., five steals
F – Greg Smith, 6-6, 231, Sr., 8.3, 4.3, 28.6 percent FG
F – Pierce Hornung, 6-5, 210, Sr., 4.5, 5.5, team-high 30.3 mpg.
G – Wes Eikmeier, 6-3, 168, Sr, 8.3, 0.3, 4 of 10 three-pointers
G – Dorian Green, 6-2, 192, Sr., 9.0, 2.7, 58.3 percent FT
KEY MATCHUP:
— Colorado State has made nine of 39 three-pointers this season and no one has connected on more than Eikmeier who has four. The Rams aren’t going to outshoot many teams from the perimeter. Most likely Saturday’s game will be decided in the paint. It should be a good challenge for Washington center Aziz N’Diaye who will have his hands full with Iverson. N’Diaye will be able to use his speed against Iverson in transition and he’ll enjoy a two-inch height advantage.

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