It’s crunch time in college basketball and at this point in the season, would you expect anything less than a hectic, down-to-the-wire finish within the Mountain West Conference?
The league is certainly getting multiple-bids into the NCAA Tournament, but at this point it’s simply a matter of how many. The Colorado State Rams appear destined for the Big Dance, but a recent stumble may be a little bit of a cause for concern should they not be able to right the ship right away.
The Rams enter Wednesday night having lost three of their last four games overall. The 1-3 stretch has dropped the Rams out of contention for a regular season title and although it has not dipped them down onto the bubble discussion just yet, the last thing Colorado State wants is to drop even further with another loss.
On Wednesday night, the Rams hit the road to Wyoming for a game that they are not only expected to win, but in all, must win. With still two regular season contests remaining, Colorado State is in a situation in which a pair of victories prior to the Mountain West Conference Tournament will certainly help their seeding and keep them off the list of bubble teams.
Yet with that opportunity comes a similar situation in which things could head south and with their recent 1-3 stretch over the last four games leading the pace at the moment, the Rams need to stop the bleeding now.
With a win over Wyoming on Wednesday, the Rams can move back to within a second place tie with UNLV at 10-5 in the league. Colorado State will then play host to Nevada on Saturday as part of their regular season finale and senior night proceedings.
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