Colorado State Vs. Boise State Preview: Rams Look To Return To Winning Ways Against Broncos

LAS VEGAS NV - JANUARY 19: Greg Smith (L) #44 and Pierce Hornung #4 of the Colorado State Rams celebrate late in the team's 78-63 victory over the UNLV Rebels at the Thomas & Mack Center January 19 2011 in Las Vegas Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Pierce Hornung and the Colorado St. Rams look to gain ground on the top teams in the Mountain West Conference.

The Colorado St. Rams (15-8, 4-4) square off against a troubled Boise St. Broncos (11-12, 1-7) on Wednesday night, hoping to push back into the top group of the Mountain West Conference.

Chasing the ranked basketball teams at UNLV and Sand Diego State -- as well as the 6-2 MWC New Mexico team --- the Colorado State basketball team have their work cut out for them. With a .482 field goal percentage, the Rams rank as one of the top shooting teams in the NCAA, but their rebound game relies almost entirely on junior PF Pierce Hornung, who is averaging 8.1 rebounds per game in the 2011-12 season.

While playing Mountain West teams this season, the Rams have gone 3-0 whenever Hornung gets 10 or more rebounds, holding their opponents to 60 points or less. When he gets only 9 rebounds or fewer, the Rams have gone 1-4 -- allowing their MWC opponents to score 70 or more points.

The Broncos, meanwhile, come into the game having only recently snapped their eight-game losing streak. They beat the Air Force Falcons on Saturday night, but have gone 2-8 in their last 10 games after starting the season 8-1.

Tune in as the Rams look to reach 5-4 in the hotly contested Mountain West Conference standings:

Game time: 8:00 p.m. MT, Wednesday, Feb. 15

Television: The Mtn.

Radio: KLZ 560 AM

For more on the Rams and Broncos, drop by the MWC blog Mountain West Connection or the Boise State blog One Bronco Nation Under God. For score updates and recaps, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver.

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