Wyoming vs. Colorado State: Preview, Live Stream, Odds, More
The Basketball Edition of the Border War Returns
Who: Colorado State Rams (16-2, 6-2 MW) vs Wyoming Cowboys (16-3, 5-1 MW)
When: Monday January 31, 2022, 6:00 PM MST
Where: Arena-Auditorium, Laramie, WY
Stream: FuboTV — Get a free trial
Series Record: The Cowboys and The Rams have met 236 times with Wyoming holding the overall advantage (136-100). The Rams have won 7 out of the last 10 meetings.
KenPom Prediction: Wyoming 75-72
The oldest rivalry in the Mountain West Conference meets again for the 237th Border War when the Colorado State Rams travel to Laramie to take on the Wyoming Cowboys. Both teams come into this game as two of the top teams in the Mountain West. With plenty of implications later in the season this game will be a huge litmus test for both teams as the month of January comes to a close. Four of the best players in the conference this year will be suiting up for this game: Graham Ike and Hunter Maldonado from Wyoming, and David Roddy and Isaiah Stevens from CSU. These teams also bring This game is shaping up to be a heavyweight slugfest and one of the best matchups between these teams in years.
Let’s breakdown how both teams can win this game.
Why Colorado State will win:
The Rams have been one of the best offensive teams in the country all year long. Led by two of the top players in the conference in David Roddy and Isaiah Stevens, the Rams are averaging 78.3 points per game while shooting 49.8% from the field on the season. David Roddy has a legitimate case to be the Conference Player of the Year, averaging 18.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal per game. Roddy is the heart and soul of this Rams team and as he goes the Rams go. Isaiah Stevens is coming off a huge game against UNLV where he dropped 35 Points. Stevens and Roddy form possibly the best 1-2 punch in the conference. The Rams will win this game on the backs of their star players. If Roddy and Stevens have big games, it will be hard for the Rams not to win.
Why Wyoming will win:
The Cowboys have been almost as good as the Rams have been this year offensively and have their own potent 1-2 punch that is every bit as good as the Rams’. The Cowboys are led by Graham Ike and Hunter Maldonado. Ike is averaging 20 points and 9 rebounds per game, and Maldonado is averaging 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game. I believe the X-factor in this game will come down to the role players for Wyoming. If players like Drake Jeffries, Xavier DuSell, and Brendan Wenzel can get hot, especially from the 3 point arc, the Cowboys may run away with this game at home.
This game is shaping up to be one of the biggest games all year, not only for these two teams, but in the whole conference. The game will be tight, and I don’t expect either team to have a lead of more than 5 points all game. If there is one area all year that CSU has struggled it has been defending against the three. I expect Wyoming to try to exploit this by getting their shooters involved early and often.
Wyoming 82, Colorado State 78