Colorado State Blasts Missouri, Advances to Third Round of NCAA Tournament

Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistMarch 21, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 15:  Colton Iverson #45 of the Colorado State Rams drives against the UNLV Rebels during the second half of a semifinal game of the Reese's Mountain West Conference Basketball tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center on March 15, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UNLV won 75-65.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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The Colorado State Rams (26-8) did the Mountain West Conference proud tonight, absolutely running through the Missouri Tigers (23-11) 84-72 in second round NCAA Tournament action.

The story coming into the game was that both teams entered as top-five rebounding teams. But the Rams absolutely dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Tigers by a ludicrous 36-18 margin.

Colorado State, who advances to face No. 1 seed Louisville on Saturday, was led by senior guard Dorian Green who had 17 in the first-half and led the team with 26 on the night. This was made all the more impressive by the fact that he was bothered by an injured foot coming into the game.

On the glass the Rams were led by their big-man Colton Iverson, who for much of the game personally outrebounded the Tigers, and his 13 boards before fouling out late in the second-half.

It was a disappointing ending for a lost season for the Missouri Tigers. They fell behind big early, trailing by as much as 17, and were never able to complete a run that would get them back in the game.

Junior guard Phil Pressey paced the Tigers offense with 20 points but his slow start, he missed his first five shots, put Missouri behind the eight-ball right from the get-go.

With the win Colorado State advances in the tournament for the first time since 1989 when they also upended another team from the SEC, the Florida Gators.