The Colorado State Rams have impressed so far this season, but what do their archrival Colorado Buffaloes have to say about it?
TV schedule: November 29th, 9:00 pm ET, CBSSN
Arena: Moby Arena in Fort Collins, Colorado
There is nothing like a good in-state rivalry, and the classic Colorado vs Colorado State rivalry is one of the best in all of college basketball. These two teams will take each other on at Colorado State in a major matchup for both of these programs.
The Buffaloes lead the all-time series 93-40, with this matchup dating all the way back to 1906. It has been much closer as of late though, with Colorado holding just a 6-4 advantage over the Rams in their last 10 matchups against each other. Colorado blew Colorado State out of the water last year 93-65, but this one is shaping up to be much closer this time around.
The Colorado Buffaloes have been picking up wins, and their only loss comes to Florida State in a six-point game. If the Buffaloes are to win this game they may find themselves further in the Top 25 discussion, they received 70 votes to get in the rankings, but that was just short.
After finishing last season in the NIT, this team made a decent splash and picked up Eddie Lampkin Jr. from TCU, who is now the team’s leading rebounder with 8.2 rebounds per game. Tristan Da Silva is the leader for this team though, he led the team in their last game against Iona with 17 points as he is putting up 15.2 points per game on the year.
The Buffaloes are efficient, play tough defense, and have plenty of talent offensively. The Rams will have to slow down Da Silva first and then go from there down this roster.
For the Rams, they make their return to the AP Top 25 at 20 and will look to defend that ranking against a quality Power conference opponent. This team put the nation on notice after a major 69-48 upset against Creighton who was a top ten team at the time. Not only did they upset them, they did it in Missouri which in terms of the crowd was basically a home game.
This was very much in part due to the great play of Isaiah Stevens who is having a phenomenal season and is emerging as one of the better point guards in the nation. Stevens leads the team in scoring with 17.5 points per game and had himself a 17-point, seven assist and six rebound outing against the Blue Jays. Games like that from him are a big part as to why this team remains undefeated.
What makes this team so dangerous though is not just Stevens, this is a deep team with great size at each position. This makes them a threat to anybody on any given night, just like we saw with Creighton.
Rivalries are so great though because we can crunch as many numbers as to who has the advantage, and who is likely to win, but in games like these, all of those get thrown out the window. This is going to be a great clash between two in-state rivals who do not like each other very much, and that is what will make this such great basketball.