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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Colorado St. at Boise St.
When: 11:00 PM ET, Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Where: Taco Bell Arena, Boise, Idaho

Two Mountain West teams boasting four-game winning streaks square off on the hardwood when No. 24 Colorado State visits Boise State on Tuesday. The Rams recorded their fourth straight win by building a big lead on Saturday against San Diego State and fighting off a comeback for a 79-73 victory. Boise State has recovered from a 0-3 start in conference play with four consecutive victories, including a 77-68 win over Air Force on Saturday.

The Rams defeated Boise State on Dec. 31 when guard John Gillon hit all four of his 3-point attempts and scored a career-best 25 points in a 71-65 victory. Colorado State is in a three-way tie for second in a bunched-up Mountain West and trails first-place Wyoming by one game. The Broncos are tied for sixth place in the conference race and drained a season-best 14 3-pointers in the victory over Air Force.

TV: 11 p.m. ET, ESPNU

ABOUT COLORADO STATE (18-2, 5-2 Mountain West): Forward J.J. Avila scored a season-best 29 points on 12-of-16 shooting in the victory over Air Force and is making a run at Mountain West Player of the Year honors. Avila is the only player who ranks in the top 10 in scoring (sixth at 15.7), rebounding (third at 7.4), assists (ninth at 3.1), steals (second at 1.9) and field-goal percentage (fifth at 56.5). Forward Stanton Kidd (11.5) and guards Daniel Bejarano (10.7) and Gian Clavell (10.1) also are averaging in double digits.

ABOUT BOISE STATE (14-6, 4-3): Guard Derrick Marks has been on a tear and is averaging 25.5 points over the last six games to raise his season mark to a team-leading 19.2. Marks ranks fifth in school history with 1,636 career points and needs 25 to pass Abe Jackson (1,660 from 1998-2002). Forward James Webb III averages 10 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds and recently went 7-of-7 from 3-point range while scoring 23 points in a victory over New Mexico.

TIP-INS

1. Colorado State leads the series 8-5, but is just 1-4 when playing at Boise State.

2. The Rams have won by an average of 24 points during their winning streak.

3. The Broncos have made 10 or more 3-pointers in five of the past six games.

PREDICTION:
Boise State 73, Colorado State 70
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Colorado St. 18-2 W4 10-1 5-1 3-0 4-0 14-2 5-2
Boise St. 14-6 W4 7-1 4-4 3-1 6-2 8-4 4-3
Last Meeting
Colorado St. Boise St.
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/31/14 BSU 65 CSU 71 71 26 46.9 65 29 43.6
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Colorado St. J. Gillon 25 54.5 9
Boise St. M. Thompson 20 33.3 8
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Colorado St. D. Bejarano 8 2 6
Boise St. J. Webb III 8 2 6
Assists Player  
Colorado St. J. Avila 4
Boise St. I. Hadziomerovic 3
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Colorado St. J. Avila 299 56.5 57
Boise St. D. Marks 345 52.2 47
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Colorado St. J. Avila 141 52 89
Boise St. J. Webb III 122 33 89
Assists Player  
Colorado St. D. Bejarano 63
Boise St. D. Marks 56
Quickchart Matchup
Colorado St. Off vs  Boise St. Defense
72.7 Points For
63.5 Points Against
45.5 FG%
42.4 FG%
33.5 Reb
28.8 Reb
Boise St. Off vs  Colorado St. Defense
70.9 Points For
62.9 Points Against
46.0 FG%
42.4 FG%
28.8 Reb
27.7 Reb