Over the years, Moby Arena, on the campus of Colorado State, has become one of the most difficult places for opposing teams to play in the West. Perhaps it is due to the gigantic light up Ram in the student section that gets brighter and brighter the louder it gets. Maybe it’s the floor that looks like a giant Ram. Regardless, the Rams have won 12 straight home games, which is good for the 15th best streak in the nation. It is also the 3rd longest streak in Moby Arena history.
Colorado State is coming off a win over a top 20 New Mexico team that has been one of the hottest teams of late. Just a few weeks ago, the Rams also defeated then #12 San Diego State. That marks two wins over ranked teams at home, with the last victory over a ranked team at Moby being more than 8 years ago. As good as Colorado State has been as home, they’ve been almost equally as bad on the road.
Sporting just a 2-8 road record, if Colorado State cannot win one of their final two road games (at San Diego State, Air Force), this team could be on the outside looking in despite a handful of pretty impressive wins. Both road wins came in the span of a week in late December. One was 45 minutes down the road at 9-17 Northern Colorado. The other was at a .500 UTEP squad.
Looking at this team, however, I still think they deserve to be in. Had it not been for a buzzer beating loss at Boise State, this team would have virtually no bad losses and 6 top 100 RPI wins. Leading rebounder, and certified boss, Pierce Hornung also missed 6 games mid-season. The Rams went 3-3 in those games. The Rams profile looks very similar to that of Texas, but while Colorado State has 6 wins against top 100 teams, Texas is just 4-9 vs. the RPI top 100. When all is said and done, I look for the Rams to be in the field.
An interesting stat to keep in mind when filling out your bracket: Colorado State is the ONLY team in the country that is in the top 10 in both free throw % and 3 point shooting %. Currently, Colorado State ranks #83 in Crotistics, right ahead of other bubble teams Xavier, Miami (FL), and Minnesota. The arrow is pointing up.