Wednesday, February 20, 2013
CSU's big week
By Luke Lapinski
At 21-4, Colorado State has done an excellent job of building a very solid at-large resume this season. But the Rams may not even need to use it. If they keep playing the way they've been playing, they're more than capable of taking home the Mountain West's automatic bid.
That's a remarkable feat for a couple reasons. First of all, this has been a very competitive conference all season -- one that featured preseason favorites in San Diego State and UNLV, as well as perennial contender New Mexico. CSU has shoved its way into striking distance of first place though, and has done so with victories over the Aztecs and Rebels along the way. On top of that, the players are getting the job done in their first year under Larry Eustachy.
The next few days, in particular, could be huge for this group. A second meeting with UNLV -- in Las Vegas -- is on the schedule for tonight. Then a rematch with the league-leading Lobos is on tap for Saturday. A successful run through those two games would put the Rams in great position to maybe win the Mountain West title outright. And, even if another team were to catch them, that at-large resume would be impeccable.