There is no place like home, especially when you just got beat by 44 points on the road.
The CSU menâ€™s basketball team (11-6, 2-1 MWC) is back home and back in action tonight, four days after being blown out on the road at BYU 91-47 on Saturday.
Even in the friendly confines of Moby Arena, things donâ€™t appear to get any simpler for the green and gold this evening as they host the UNLV Rebels (14-3, 2-2), a team on the verge of earning a national ranking.
CSU head coach Tim Miles said that it should be easy for his team to get back on the court after coming off of such a lopsided defeat at the hands of BYU.
â€œItâ€™s not hard at all,â€ he said after practice Tuesday. â€œItâ€™s something that we are dying to do so we can get that bad taste out of our mouths, come out competing again and prove we are a good basketball team.â€
CSU forward Pierce Hornung agreed with his coach and added that the Rams arenâ€™t thinking about the loss to BYU anymore.
â€œInitially, maybe, but once you get practicing and focus on UNLV, itâ€™s really not that difficult,â€ the freshman said. â€œYou put it behind you and focus on the next game.â€
CSU enjoyed success against the Rebels last year, splitting the season series at one game each, including a 71-69 win at Moby Arena. The Rams are 1-3 against UNLV with Miles as head coach.
The Rebels enter the conference showdown trying to stop a one-game losing skid of their own. The Utah Utes beat UNLV at home by 73-69 last Saturday.
Miles said the Rams donâ€™t match up with the Rebels style of play but explained that itâ€™s just another thing his team has to prove.
â€œThey live off their defense and keep creating turnovers, which is what we donâ€™t do well, so itâ€™s a horrible matchup on paper,â€ Miles said. â€œWhat I think is exciting about it is finding a way to go out against what looks like a bad match up, perform well and find a way to win the game.â€
Along with fighting to keep a spot near the top of the conference, CSU is attempting to continue an undefeated win streak at home. The Rams are a perfect 8-0 inside Moby Arena this season, a fact that means a lot to forward Andy Ogide.
â€œYou want to win all your home games and then split on the road,â€ the junior said. â€œThatâ€™s usually the idea, so we have to get this game. Hopefully the fans come out and support us and we will do the rest.â€
Tip off for tonightâ€™s game is scheduled for 8 p.m. and will be televised on The Mtn.
Assistant Sports Editor Adam Bohlmeyer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Game: CSU vs. UNLV
-Time: 8 p.m.
-Where: Moby Arena
-Watch: The Mtn.