Last week it was the Colorado Buffaloes who were one of the last eight teams out with the Colorado St. Rams being considered, but in this week's latest Bracketology the teams have switched spots. Colorado has been falling fast and finally stopped the bleeding of a four-game losing streak as they rolled past Iowa State Tuesday night. As for Colorado State they went undefeated last week as they defeated rival Air Force and Utah. Those were not great wins for the Rams, but they need all the wins they can get and can not afford anymore bad loses.
Colorado has yet another chance this week to boost their RPI (No. 91) when they take on No. 15 Missouri Tigers on the road. The Buffs really need the win over Missouri, but a loss is not detrimental to their tournament chances; rather, they can not afford any other slip up against unranked teams or they will not even be considered in next week's addition of Bracketology. Now, lets take a closer look at the Rams' NCAA Tournament credentials.
This information is provided by SB Nation's Blogging The Bracket, and they have the Rams as the fourth team out of the NCAA Tournament.
41. Colorado State Rams
Record: 14-6 overall; 5-2 conference; 1-2 vs. RPI Top 50; 3-2 vs. RPI 51-100; 7-1 vs. RPI 150+; 7-3 Road/Neutral
Average RPI win: 152 Loss: 79
RPI 1-50 Wins: at UNLV
RPI 51-100 Wins: Southern Miss (N), Mississippi (N), Air Force
Bad (RPI 150+) Losses: Sam Houston State
Other Losses: Kansas (N), BYU, at New Mexico, at Colorado, Hampton (N)
Last Week: def. Air Force 69-66, won at Utah 74-68
This Week: San Diego State (Wed.), at Wyoming (Sat.)
The Rams' biggest issue is a pair of very questionable losses, one at home to Sam Houston State Thanksgiving weekend, and another against Hampton in San Francisco over New Year's. The good news is that they have opportunities in the Mountain West. CSU has already defeated UNLV at the Thomas & Mack and given BYU a game at home. This week, they'll hope to do even better when they welcome San Diego State to Fort Collins.