Boise State at Colorado State, 9:00 PM Eastern, espn3
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With the Mountain West Conference heading towards its second consecutive single-bid season, we here at Hoops HD decided earlier this year to relegate the entire conference down to “Under the Radar” classification. As such, it would be a mistake not to highlight a few of their games this season in our Under the Radar Game of the Day, and tonight is the perfect opportunity as the two teams currently tied for second place, one game behind Nevada, face off in Fort Collins, Colorado. The host Colorado State Rams enter play tonight at 14-8 overall and 6-3 in MWC play, including a road win this past weekend at San Diego State. The Rams, who only used 7 players in that game, were led by Gian Clavell (37 points and 8 rebounds) and Emmanuel Omogbo (24 points and 9 rebounds). Clavell hit the game-winning shot with under 5 seconds left to give the Rams their first win at Viejas in 14 years. If the Rams can continue to play as well as they did on Saturday for the rest of the season, they have a real chance to challenge for the conference regular season title. However, depth may prove to be an issue, especially when it comes time to play three games in three days in the conference tournament.
The visiting Boise State Broncos are currently 13-7 overall and 6-3 in league play. They picked up a 15 point win at Wyoming this past weekend. Chandler Hutchison had 14 points in the win, which was actually one of his lower point totals so far this season. He has topped the 20 point mark nine times this season including a 23 point effort last week in a loss to Nevada. The Broncos picked up a home win over Colorado State back on December 31 by one point, 74-73. Hutchison had a double-double in that win, with 20 points and 11 rebounds, including the game winning three pointer. If tonight’s game is anywhere close to as good as they first matchup between these teams, it will definitely be worth the watch!