Colorado State vs Nevada: Three Keys To A Rams Victory
The Rams try to knock of the #7 ranked Wolf Pack on the road
Can the Rams pull off the upset?
WHO: Colorado State Rams (7-11, 2-3 Mountain West) vs Nevada Wolf Pack (18-1, 5-1 Mountain West)
WHEN: Wednesday, January 23 — 9:00 PM MT/8:00 PM PT
WHERE: Lawlor Events Center, Reno, NV (11,536)
TV: CBS Sports Network
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SERIES RECORD: Nevada leads the all-time series 12-9. Nevada won the previous matchup between the two teams, 92-83.
ODDS: Nevada -19.5
The Colorado State Rams have had an up and down season so far. And with a first year head coach, trying to get the monkey of the previous regime of their backs, it hasn’t been easy.
The Rams have had games where they look like world beaters and others where they look like they don’t belong on the court. The Rams devolve into their old selves when faced with adversity. The Rams do some good things and when they do those things well they win games.
Now let’s look at three things the Rams can do to win at Nevada.
1. Can we get Nico Carvacho some help please?
Nico Carvacho is the Rams leading rebounder, Mountain West leading rebounder, and NCAA leading rebounder at 12.3 rpg. However, the Rams are next to last in the Mountain West in rebounding margin at -1.6, according to Chris Murray. The Ram with the next highest number of rebounds is Jeremiah Paige at 4.1 rpg.
Carvacho can’t do it all himself and doing that has cost the Rams multiple games this year. The Rams don’t box out that well and it has led to multiple put backs for the opposition. The Rams need to help Carvacho out on the boards in order to win.
2. Pass the ball
In the Rams two Mountain West wins, they have averaged 25.5 apg. In their three losses, they have averaged 10.3 apg. The Rams need to keep the ball moving and make smart passes. Too often the Rams get stuck and either try to go one on one or they make a bad pass that leads to a turnover.
The Rams play some nice basketball when they get the ball moving. But look bad when they don’t. In order to have a chance against Nevada, the Rams will have to break old habits and make that extra pass to the open man.
3. Pressure the outside shooters
In six Mountain West games this season, Nevada has only shot above 27% from deep twice. They’ve also had slow starts on offense in a couple games this season that has caused some worry among the Wolf Pack faithful. The Wolf Pack’s defense has won them a lot of games this season, but their offense could cost them in the long run.
The Rams have some really bad defense when it comes to three point shots. It could be bad rotations or it could be bad luck. All that is known, is that CSU is the team that lets opponents get hot from deep. The Rams need to keep the pressure on Nevada so that that can’t happen.