Feb 282012
Authors: The Rocky Mountain Collegian Editorial Board

CU-Boulder. No. 12 San Diego State. No. 21 New Mexico.

All potential NCAA Tournament teams. All lost to CSU at Moby Arena.

CSU’s players and coaches say the energy of a big crowd has been a key element in the Rams’ winning 13-straight games at home.

And with a victory tonight against No. 17 UNLV (tip at 8 p.m.), the Rams will be undefeated at home in conference play for the first time since 1960-61, when CSU went 8-0 in the Mountain States Conference.

But more important than the undefeated home record is the fact that another win against a top-25 team would be a big boost to CSU’s hopes for an at-large NCAA Tournament berth.

And that is something to cheer about.

CSU last made the Tournament in 2002-03 when the Rams got hot and won the Mountain West Tournament to gain an automatic berth.

The last time CSU earned an at-large berth was in 1989-90.

According to ESPN analyst Joe Lunardi, CSU is firmly on the “bubble” and still needs a boost to its resume.

And tonight is that chance. There is a reason CSU has won all of its conference games at home, while losing all of them on the road: Moby Madness.

The Rams play with the swagger of a Tournament team at home and when Moby is filled, it can rattle the nerves of the opponent.

So get to Moby, get loud and help CSU make the NCAA Tournament.

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