2019 Mountain West Tournament: Colorado State vs Boise State Preview
The Rams and Broncos look to salvage something from forgettable seasons
Who wants the inevitable task of playing Nevada next?
WHO: Colorado State Rams (12-19, 7-11 Mountain West) vs. Boise State Broncos (12-19, 7-11 Mountain West)
WHEN: Wednesday, March 13 — 12:00 PM MT/11:00 AM PT
WHERE: Thomas & Mack Center; Las Vegas, Nevada (17,923)
The Colorado State Rams and Boise State Broncos kick off the 2019 Men’s Mountain West Tournament in the eight-nine matchup on Wednesday. These two teams split the season series between them. This game is going to come down to who wants it more and who is willing to step up to face Nevada.
The Colorado State Rams enter this matchup on a three game losing streak; losing a couple close games they could’ve won against Utah State and UNLV. Colorado State has some confidence coming into this game, knowing they have what it takes to beat the Broncos.
This is a last hurrah for J.D. Paige, as this is most likely the last game, or couple of games, we see him in a Ram uniform. CSU wants to send him out as best they can. In order to do that, they’ll need to play a full 40 minutes, lock down on defense, and feed Nico Carvacho the ball.
Boise State has a little momentum coming into this game. They blew out Air Force 80-52 in their last regular season game. But before that they lost six straight, including a one point loss to New Mexico. The Broncos will have some confidence in this game, as they beat Colorado State in Fort Collins.
Justinian Jessup always seems to play his best games against Colorado State. Maybe it’s because he has a chip on his shoulder since CSU didn’t recruit him. Jessup grew up down the road from the Rams in Longmont, Colorado. If he wants to show the Rams what they missed out on, he’ll need help from his supporting cast.
The Rams and Broncos always scrap it out when they face each other. This time, they both want to gain something from a lost season. Whoever comes out hungrier and with more grit, will walk away with the victory.