Colorado State Chases School-Record NCAA Tournament Seed

Colorado State Chases School-Record NCAA Tournament Seed
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Colorado State has bounced back so well from missing the college basketball postseason in 2023 that ESPN Bracketology expert Joe Lunardi has had the Rams as high as a No. 6 seed in the South Region.

That would match a program-best from 2022 when the team finished a season ranked in the Associated Press poll for the first time at No. 24 despite losing to 11th-seed Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. However, if the Rams are going to stay high in Lunardi’s chart and eventually with the NCAA selection committee, they’ve got to stop a recent slide. 

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CSU's NCAA Appearances Since 1989

YearSeedRecordEliminated ByRound
1989#1023-10Syracuse2nd
1990#1021-9Alabama1st
2003^1419-14Duke1st
20121120-12Murray State1st
2013826-9Louisville2nd
2022625-6Michigan1st
# — Won Western Athletic Conference regular-season title ^ — Won Mountain West tournament title

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Bad Stretch Could Hurt Chances

Colorado State has struggled recently when playing away from Moby Arena in its Fort Collins, Colorado, home. The Rams are 1-3 in their past four games, and all three losses have been on the road.

They were 19-5 with a 7-4 conference record when they went to San Diego State on Feb. 13. They rebounded from a 71-55 loss to the Aztecs with a 20-point win over Utah State at home on Feb. 17, but then followed up with losses at New Mexico (68-66) and UNLV (66-60).

That leaves CSU at 8-7 and in seventh place in the Mountain West. It’s highly unlikely the NCAA selection committee will think well enough of the Rams to give them a No. 6 seed if they don’t finish strong and have a good run in the conference tournament.

Colorado State gets back-to-back games at home with Nevada on Tuesday and Wyoming on Saturday. It will close the regular season with a road trip to Air Force on March 9. The Rams were 1-2 against those teams in the first round of conference games. Nevada is currently fourth in the Mountain West, and it handed the Rams a 77-64 loss on Jan. 24. Wyoming is eighth in the conference at 6-8, but it knocked off CSU in overtime 79-76 on Jan. 29. Air Force is only 2-12 in the conference, but it took the Rams to overtime before falling 78-69 on Jan. 16. 

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Douglas Pils has been a sports journalist for 30 years in Texas, Arkansas and New York having worked for the San Antonio Express-News, the Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News and Newsday. He most recently ran the Student Media Department at Texas A&M for eight years.

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