Colorado State Rams men's basketball

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Colorado State Rams
2018–19 Colorado State Rams men's basketball team
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UniversityColorado State University
Head coachNiko Medved (1st season)
ConferenceMountain West
LocationFort Collins, Colorado
ArenaMoby Arena
(Capacity: 8,745)
ColorsGreen and Gold[1]
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NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1954, 1969
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1954, 1969, 1989, 2013
NCAA Tournament appearances
1954, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1989, 1990, 2003, 2012, 2013
Conference tournament champions
Conference regular season champions
1954, 1961 (Skyline) 1989, 1990 (WAC)

The Colorado State Rams men's basketball team represents Colorado State University, located in Fort Collins, in the U.S. state of Colorado, in NCAA Division I basketball competition. They play their home games at the Moby Arena and are members of the Mountain West Conference. They are led by head coach Niko Medved [2] who was hired to replace interim head coach Jase Herl after a 2017–18 season that saw both regular head coach Larry Eustachy and interim head coach Steve Barnes placed on administrative leave due to issues regarding their treatment of players.[3][4] Becky Hammon, assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs, was originally the top candidate to replace Jase Herl as the head coach.[5]


The men's basketball team at Colorado State University—then called Colorado Agricultural College—began competing in the 1901–02 season.[6] The school became a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in the 1910-11 season, and followed most of the larger schools in that conference into the Mountain States Conference in the 1938-39 season and stayed in the conference until 1961–62. Colorado State then joined the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in 1969–70. After 20 seasons in the WAC, Colorado State moved to its current MWC in 1999–00.[6] Colorado State was an inaugural member of the MWC.[7]


NCAA Tournament results[edit]

The Rams have appeared in ten NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 4–11.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1954 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Santa Clara
Idaho State
L 50–73
L 57–62
1963 Round of 25 Oklahoma City L 67–70
1965 Round of 23 Oklahoma City L 68–70
1966 Round of 22 Houston L 76–82
1969 Round of 25
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
W 52–50
W 64–56
L 77–84
1989 Round of 64
Round of 32
W 68–46
L 50–65
1990 Round of 64 Alabama L 54–71
2003 Round of 64 Duke L 57–67
2012 Round of 64 Murray State L 41–58
2013 Round of 64
Round of 32
W 84–72
L 56–82

NIT results[edit]

The Rams have appeared in nine National Invitation Tournaments (NIT). Their combined record is 7–9.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1961 Quarterfinals Saint Louis L 53–59
1962 First Round Holy Cross L 71–72
1988 First Round
Second Round
3rd Place Game
New Orleans
Arkansas State
Ohio State
Boston College
W 63–54
W 71–61
W 69–49
L 62–64
W 58–57
1996 First Round Nebraska L 83–91
1998 First Round Minnesota L 65–77
1999 First Round
Second Round
Mississippi State
W 69–56
W 86–76
L 62–71
2011 First Round Fairfield L 60–62
2015 First Round South Dakota State L 76–86
2017 First Round
Second Round
Cal State Bakersfield
W 81–74
L 63–81

CBI results[edit]

The Rams have appeared in one College Basketball Invitational (CBI). Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2010 First Round Morehead State L 60–74

Notable games[edit]

  • March 13, 1969 in the "Sweet 16" round of the NCAA Tournament: Colorado State beat in-state rival and AP #18[8] Colorado 64–56.[9]
  • January 19, 1984 at Moby Arena: Colorado State beat AP #5 UTEP 63-51.[10]
  • December 29, 1989 at McNichols Sports Arena: Colorado State beat AP #24 North Carolina 78-67 in the Mile High Classic, a four-team tournament in Denver also featuring Colorado and Massachusetts. Colorado State beat Massachusetts the next night to win the tournament.[11]
  • December 22, 1999 at the Cannon Activities Center at Laie, Hawaii: In a Pearl Harbor Classic tournament game, Colorado State upset AP #18 UCLA 55-54. John Ford made a free throw with 23 seconds left that turned out to be the winning margin.[12]
  • December 30, 2003 at Moby Arena: Colorado State hosted AP #22[13] Purdue. Down 4 points with 7 seconds left, Colorado State committed a foul. In the double bonus, Purdue missed both free throws. CSU scored a three pointer with 0.7 seconds left. The ensuing Purdue inbound pass was tipped. The ball fell into the hands of Michael Moris who shot the game winning three pointer at the buzzer. The game was not televised. Being that the ball was tipped, the three pointer should not have counted based on 0.7 seconds. However, CSU was awarded the points and won the game by two points.[14][15]


Within the Mountain West Conference, Colorado State has notable rivalries with these schools:

Outside the MW, these are noted rivalries:


  1. ^ "Colorado State Rams Athletics Brand Standards" (PDF). February 14, 2017. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  2. ^ Fredrickson, Kyle (March 22, 2018). "Source: Colorado State selects Niko Medved as new men's basketball coach". Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  3. ^ Schlabach, Mark (February 9, 2018). "Source: CSU officials don't intend for Larry Eustachy to return as coach". Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "Interim coach Steve Barnes suspended before game; assistant Jase Herl guides Rams to victory". February 11, 2018. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Garcia, Adrian (March 7, 2018). "Report: Spurs' Becky Hammon top candidate for Colorado State men's basketball job".
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  9. ^ 2012 Colorado State Men's Basketball Postseason Information. p. 56.
  10. ^ Associated Press (January 20, 1984). "Texas-El Paso is upset, 63-51". New York Times. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
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  12. ^ Howard-Cooper, Scott (December 23, 1999). "Bruin Loss Is Only Half the Problem". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
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  14. ^ "Morris Hits Buzzer Beater To Defeat Purdue". Colorado State Rams. December 30, 2003. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  15. ^ Mossman, John (December 31, 2003). "Colorado St. Beats No. 21 Purdue 71-69". Associated Press. Archived from the original on January 4, 2004.
  16. ^ "Game notes: Rams travel to Air Force for Saturday afternoon matchup". Colorado State Rams. February 7, 2014. Retrieved October 22, 2014. The game marks the 103rd in the series between the Rams and Falcons. Colorado State leads 71-31, including a 29-19 mark in games played in Colorado Springs.
  17. ^ "Men's basketball recap: Rams score comeback win at Air Force, 68-56". Colorado State Rams. February 8, 2014. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  18. ^ "Game notes: Rams open MW tourney Wednesday vs. Utah State". March 11, 2014. Retrieved October 22, 2014. The game marks the 81st in the series between the Rams and Aggies. CSU is 35-45 in the series, but the two programs have never met on a neutral court.
  19. ^ "Men's basketball recap: Late Utah State rally trips Rams in opening round of MW tourney". Colorado State Rams. March 12, 2014. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  20. ^ "Men's basketball recap: CSU comeback falls short, 83-75, at Wyoming". Colorado State Rams. March 8, 2014. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  21. ^ "Border War: Pokes Visit Rams for Marquee MW Matchup". University of Wyoming. January 5, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015. ...the Cowboys own a 129-92 advantage in the all-time series with Rams.
  22. ^ "McManamen Shoots Wyoming Past Colorado State, 60-54". University of Wyoming. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  23. ^ "Celebrating the Morril Act of 1862". Colorado State University. January 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2014. CSU, the only land-grant institution in Colorado...
  24. ^ "University Strategic Plan". University of Colorado Boulder. Retrieved October 22, 2014. As the flagship university of the state of Colorado, CU-Boulder has become a true community of learners...
  25. ^ "Game notes: Rams, Buffs renew rivalry Tuesday night at Moby Arena". Colorado State Rams. December 2, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2014. The matchup will mark the 122nd between the Rams and Buffs, with Colorado holding an 84-37 advantage.
  26. ^ "Men's basketball recap: Rams lose late to rival Buffs". Colorado State Rams. December 3, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  27. ^ "Game notes: CSU renews long-time rivalry with DU Wednesday at Moby". Colorado State Rams. December 9, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2014. CSU holds a 92-67 advantage, including a 54-28 record in Fort Collins.
  28. ^ "Men's basketball recap: Rams drop home game to Denver". Colorado State Rams. December 11, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  29. ^ "Game notes: Rams open historic home stand Friday vs. Northern Colorado". Colorado State Rams. November 21, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2014. The matchup will mark the 100th between the Rams and the Bears, with Colorado State holding a 64-35 advantage in the all-time series.
  30. ^ "Men's basketball recap: Rams outlast Bears". Colorado State Rams. November 22, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
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