Mountain West Tournament 2012: Colorado State Looks To Strengthen NCAA Tournament Resume

The Colorado State Rams find themselves on the cusp of their first NCAA Tournament bid since 2003, going 19-13 this season to put themselves on the right side of the bubble with the 2012 Mountain West Tournament set to tip off. They haven't earned the right to rest on their laurels just yet, however. Struggles over the second half of the season could create doubt in the minds of the selection committee, especially if they lose their first round game against the TCU Horned Frogs on Thursday.

Following a blowout loss to the Duke Blue Devils on Dec. 7 the Rams reeled off eight straight wins, starting the conference season 2-0 with a double overtime win over the Horned Frogs. Pierce Hornung returned from injury after the loss, and immediately gave CSU a needed boost in the paint, averaging 8.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

The team was hit-or-miss over the rest of the conference season, however, splitting series with the No. 18 San Diego State, No. 20 UNLV and New Mexico. The Rams ultimately finished 8-6 in the Mountain West, including a loss to the Horned Frogs in the second meeting between the two teams in February.

If Colorado State wants to feel at all comfortable about earning their ninth-ever NCAA Tournament bid, a win over TCU this Thursday is an absolute must. Look for them lean on Hornung, as well as leading-scorer Wes Eikmeier (16.0 points per game) as they have all season. The Rams will need to slow down a TCU squad deep with scorers, led by senior guard Hank Thorns.

For more on the 2012 Mountain West Tournament, stick with SB Nation Denver and Mountain West Connection. Head over to SB Nation NCAA Basketball for more on March Madness.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Denver

You must be a member of SB Nation Denver to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Denver. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Denver

You must be a member of SB Nation Denver to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Denver. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.