Breakdown: Fresno State vs. Colorado State

Breakdown: Fresno State vs. Colorado State

Fresno State looks to rebound from a tough loss at Boise State. The Bulldogs host 15-4 Colorado State tonight. Check inside for the breakdown…

Fresno State 7-11 (1-4) vs. Colorado State 15-4 (2-2)

PG: Aaron Anderson (6-3, 190, Fr.) vs. Dorian Green (6-2, 192, Sr.)

Veteran point guard Dorian Green is set to make his 116th consecutive start Saturday. The senior is a streaky shooter. Green's 24 points helped lead the Rams past UNLV just a week after his two-point game on 1-of-9 shooting in a loss to San Diego State. Aaron Anderson played just 13 minutes Wednesday with Allen Huddleston having a hot shooting night off the bench.

Advantage: Colorado State

SG: Marvelle Harris (6-4, 200, Fr.) vs. Wes Eikmeier (6-4, 202, Sr.)

Wes Eikmeier is playing his best basketball in January, scoring over 20 or more points in three of his last five games. Eikmeier is always a threat from beyond the arc, as he has made three or more three pointers in eight games this season, and is shooting 57% from the perimeter in his last five games.

Advantage: Colorado State

SF: Tyler Johnson (6-2, 180, Jr.) vs. Pierce Hornung (6-5, 210, Sr.)

Tyler Johnson has averaged 16.7 points in his last three games and is shooting 56% from the field in conference play. Pierce Hornung leads one of the nation's best rebounding teams, averaging 9.9 of the Rams' 43 boards per game. Hornung has taken a backseat in the offense, reaching double-figures just once in his last seven games, shooting 61% from the field in the stretch.

Advantage: Fresno State

PF: Kevin Foster (6-8, 230, Sr.) vs. Greg Smith (6-6, 221, Sr.)

Greg Smith is having his best season at Colorado State, averaging 11.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Both Smith and Foster can make their presence felt rebounding as well as stretching the defense with range that extends comfortably past the three point line.

Advantage: Colorado State

C: Jerry Brown (6-7, 220, Jr.) vs. Colton Iverson (6-10, 261, Sr.)

6-foot-10, 261-pound center Colton Iverson leads the Rams with 14.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Iverson has eight double-doubles on the season, getting three in his last five games. Iverson will be the biggest physical challenge in the paint for Jerry Brown and the Bulldogs' since struggling against New Mexico's 7-foot, 250-poundcenter Alex Kirk.

Advantage: Colorado State

Benches:

Allen Huddleston exploded back into the Bulldogs' rotation with a 20-point game at Boise State. It marked the third straight game that Fresno State got a double-digit scoring night from someone off the bench. Colorado State has gotten just seven combined points from their bench in their last two games.

Advantage: Fresno State

Coaches: Rodney Terry vs. Larry Eustachy

Larry Eustachy is in his first season as head coach at Colorado State after 21 seasons as head coach at four previous schools. Eustachy came to the Rams with ten 20+ win seasons and seven postseason appearances under his belt and now has Colorado State at a 15-4 record.

Advantage: Colorado State

Intangibles:

Both teams come off a loss on the road on Wednesday. Colorado State will have to overcome road struggles to get a win Saturday. Despite a veteran group of five senior starters, the Rams have not won a road game since November, losing four straight road games since.

Advantage: Fresno State

Final Analysis/Prediction:

Colorado State is a very solid team defensively and on the boards. With all five starters being solid scoring options, the Rams don't have to rely on any one player. CSU gets their first road win in conference play as they edge out the Bulldogs in a low scoring game.

PREDICTION: Colorado State 63, Fresno State 57



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