Knights of the green and gold and orange?
The CSU Rams (13-10, 4-4 MWC) are set to look a little more orange than usual Saturday night as they host the Wyoming Cowboys (9-13, 2-6) at Moby Arena for round two of the hardwood Border War.
As part of a special tribute to CSU history, the Rams will sport throwback green and orange uniforms, an idea that excites head coach Tim Miles.
â€œIâ€™ll have green and orange on Saturday, I just have to figure out what tie brings all the orange and green together,â€ Miles joked Thursday afternoon. â€œItâ€™s something weâ€™ve talked a lot about here for a couple of years. I hope the students embrace it. Itâ€™s a unique factor in our conference and I think we can make it special.â€
Rams star freshman Dorian Green isnâ€™t as convinced about the idea, but still thought changing colors for a game could be fun.
â€œItâ€™s going to be different â€“â€“ just the color scheme â€“â€“ but it should be pretty cool,â€ the guard said. â€œItâ€™s fun to throw it back and just being a rivalry game it should be a good atmosphere.â€
With a win Saturday, the Rams will sweep the regular season series with the Cowboys. CSU downed Wyoming 83-73 to open up the conference season in January.
In the game, Rams forward Andy Ogide went off for 22 points and six rebounds, a stat the junior said he isnâ€™t going to focus on.
â€œI know every game is different and they are going to have a different game plan,â€ Ogide, a 6-foot-9 forward, said. â€œIâ€™m just going to go in and worry about myself. Whatever they do, weâ€™ll adjust accordingly.â€
Wyoming limps into the game as losers in five of their last six games and currently on a two-game losing streak.
Even though the Cowboys are down this season, Miles said you canâ€™t count them out when it comes to the Border War.
â€œItâ€™s a rivalry game and you just throw everything out for a rivalry game because teams get up and things even out. I just expect a really good game,â€ the third-year CSU coach said. â€œOur margin of error is not such that we can play anybody and say we are a clear favorite. Weâ€™re just not that good.â€
Green agreed and added the Rams just need to focus on their own game.
â€œWe know, especially in a rivalry game, nothing really matters,â€ the Kansas native said. â€œWe just need to focus on going out there, executing our game plan, playing good, solid team defense and taking care of the ball and being patient on offense. With a rivalry you never know what is going to happen.â€
Rams halfway through
With a road win against Utah on Wednesday, the Rams reached the halfway point of the conference season.
Currently, CSU sports a 4-4 conference record and sits fifth in the MWC standings, a fact that leaves Miles with mixed feeling.
â€œWe wanted to show progress and I thought we showed progress, but at the same time we gave one up to UNLV and you still feel like you have to find a way to go get that one back,â€ he said. â€œI think this second part of the conference will be telling to just how much progress we have made.â€
Ogide explained CSU reached a goal by being .500 in conference, but said he thinks the team can do better.
â€œAt the bare minimum, thatâ€™s where we wanted to be and we are there,â€ he said. â€œWe just have to keep getting better, keep stealing games on the road and weâ€™ll be alright.â€
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