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Tonight’s Game Preview comes out of the Mountain West Tournament as the sixth-seeded (17-15)  Colorado Rams take on the third-seeded (20-11) Boise State Broncos in quarterfinal action at the Thomas & Mack Arena in Las Vegas. CSU  easily won it’s first round game, thumping San Jose State 80-61 yesterday afternoon. The Broncos have been off since  Saturday when the were shocked by those same SJSU Spartans 68-63 on the road in their regular season finale. The teams split two close games during the season each winning on it’s home court. As of this writing, Boise State has been  installed a -6 point favorite with the total steady at 152 1/2.

It figured to be a tough year for Larry Eustachy as Colorado State’s veteran outfit from last year was ravaged by graduation. Still in all, for the most part, CSU has handled it’s business against the teams it’s supposed to have beaten and have been especially tough on their home floor. The team has actually overachieved when you consider that the Rams best player, Gian Clavell (20.8, 6.9, 3.2) went doen after 10 games with a broken hand. Guard Antwan Scott (16.4, 3.2, 2.0) is the Rams top  scorer while Emmanuel Omogbo (8.9) does the dirty work on the glass. CSU is one of the top rebounding teams in the country pulling down better than 40 boards per game.

Even at 20-11, Boise State has to be thought of as somewhat of a disappointment. The Broncos were considered to be “loaded” by Mountain West standards and even enjoyed some non-conference success early on that included a win over Oregon and  representative loss to Arizona twice and to Michigan State. The Broncs have been mediocre at best in conference play, failing to show up to play on certain nights, not the usual M.O. of a Leon Rice coached team. Boise goes eight deep and is led by James Webb (15.8, 9.2, 2.1) and outside threat Anthony Drmic (13.4, 4.5, 1.4).

This is a tough game to call. As previously mentioned, both regular season games were close, 84-80 at Boise and 97-93 in overtime at CSU. Boise was 4-0-1 before getting stunned at San Jose. The Rams are a horrific 17-38-1 ATS off their L56 straight up wins. One constant is that both teams are awful defensively both ranking in the bottom half of the country in points allowed and shooting percentage against. If Boise is knocking down it’s shots, it could be a tough day for Colorado State as their reboundingedge would be taken out of play. This scenario would also point to the over as the regular season meetings (164 and 190) both flew over the total.

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