Colorado State vs. Louisville: Full Game Preview

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Colorado State vs. Louisville: Full Game Preview
Colorado State
(26-8, 7-6 away)
(2) Louisville
(30-5, 19-1 home)
Venue: Rupp Arena
5:15PM ET / 2:15PM PT, March 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Colorado State C Iverson 14.4 C Iverson 9.9 D Green 3.8
Louisville R Smith 18.2 G Dieng 9.8 P Siva 5.9

No. 8-seeded Colorado State matches up against No. 1-seeded Louisville in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Rupp Arena on Saturday. It takes place at 5:15 p.m. ET and you can see it on CBS.

The Rams got past Missouri 84-72 on Mar. 21 with the help of 26 points from Dorian Green. He tallies 13.2 points per game in addition to a team-best 3.8 assists per game. In a 79-48 blowout of North Carolina A&T on Mar. 21, Russ Smith put up 23 points and eight steals for the Cardinals. His 18.2 points per game is the highest mark on the team.

Louisville StatSmack

  • The Colorado State rebounding leader (Colton Iverson, 306 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Louisville rebounding leader (Gorgui Dieng, 242 rebounds).
  • The Colorado State basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Louisville (73 percent vs. 50 percent).
  • The Mountain West has 2 teams - Boise State (39.3 percent) and Air Force (38.2 percent) - that shoot a better three-point percentage than the Big East leader, Notre Dame (37.6 percent).
  • The worst team in the Mountain West has a higher RPI than the worst team in the Big East (No. 164 vs. No. 203).
  • Colton Iverson is ranked 15th nationally in rebounds.
  • The Colorado State three-point leader (Wes Eikmeier, 51 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Louisville three-point leader (Luke Hancock, 47 three-pointers).
  • Last year the Mountain West performed much better in non-conference close games than the Big East (80.6 percent vs. 59.6 percent).
  • Louisville has been ducking Colorado State for over 30 years.
  • Pierce Hornung is ranked 36th nationally in rebounds.
CSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Colton Iverson 29 14 10 1 1 1 2
B+ Pierce Hornung 31 9 9 2 1 1 1
B+ Dorian Green 33 13 3 4 1 0 2
B Wes Eikmeier 31 13 2 2 1 0 1
B Greg Smith 25 11 5 1 0 0 2
C+ Daniel Bejarano 22 6 5 1 1 0 1
C Jonathan Octeus 19 4 3 1 0 0 1
D+ Jordan Mason 5 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Gerson Santo 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Josh Morgan 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Joe De Ciman 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
Lville Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Gorgui Dieng 32 10 10 2 1 3 2
A- Russ Smith 30 18 4 3 2 0 3
B Peyton Siva 31 10 2 6 2 0 3
B Chane Behanan 27 10 7 1 2 0 2
C+ Luke Hancock 22 7 3 1 1 0 1
C+ W. Blackshear 21 8 3 1 1 0 1
C+ M. Harrell 17 5 4 0 1 1 1
C Kevin Ware 17 4 2 1 1 0 1
C S. Van Treese 11 2 3 0 0 0 0
D+ Zach Price 8 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Tim Henderson 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Michael Baffour 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Logan Baumann 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
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