The Rams Have The Pieces To Put Together A Tournament Run
Whether the Rams can put everything together is the question
How can the Rams make a run during the Mountain West Tournament?
The Colorado State Rams have had a tough season. They were trying to rid themselves of ghosts past and come together as a team. Head Coach Niko Medved has them moving in the right direction. Now it comes down to whether or not the Rams respond to their head coach.
The Rams start off with the first game of the Mountain West Tournament in the eight-nine matchup against Boise State. CSU has split the season series with Boise, each winning on the road. If the Rams can get past the Broncos, a matchup with the Nevada Wolf Pack awaits.
Colorado State has three keys in the Mountain West Tournament:
Feed Nico Carvacho
The Colorado State Rams offense needs to run through Nico Carvacho. The big man from Chile has improved tremendously this year. He leads the nation in rebounding and has tremendous vision for a big man. The Rams offense doesn’t flow that well when the ball is kept out of Carvacho’s hands. The Big Chile can score with his back to the basket or pass to an open shooter on the perimeter.
Communicate On The Floor
The Rams have trouble communicating on the floor sometimes. And it has cost them some close wins this season. J.D. Paige needs to step and be a leader. He needs to direct this team. The Rams lose sight on the floor and opposing players drive right by them. To win the MW Tournament, Colorado State needs to have constant communication.
Defense, Defense, Defense
Colorado State can play great defense when it wants to. The Rams problem is that rarely happens. They tend to play decent to poor defense. If the Rams want to secure their bid in the NCAA tournament, Kendle Moore, Adam Thistlewood, Kris Martin and the rest of the Colorado State Rams will need to play defense like their lives depend on it.