Three straight losses and a sharp drop in the conference standings might be cause for concern for some coaches, but not for Tim Miles.
Miles, head coach of the CSU Rams (11-8, 2-3 MWC), is in the midst of his longest losing streak of the season, but is far from losing confidence in his team.
â€œI think that there are some very solid teams that would have lost the same three games we did and we actually gave one away,â€ Miles said before a team film session Tuesday afternoon. â€œI think weâ€™re OK. Iâ€™m not overly worried about this thing snowballing. I like our guys and I trust our group.â€
After starting the conference season a promising 2-0, the Rams and Miles have lost three in a row, falling to BYU, UNLV and most recently at New Mexico 82-64.
Rams forward Greg Smith agreed that he has confidence in CSUâ€™s ability to stop the losing streak and said it starts with knowing what the team is capable of.
â€œWe just have to find a way to win, find a way to manage the game better; know we believe in what we can do and just go out and show it,â€ the freshman said. â€œWeâ€™ve come close with a lot of teams at halftime, then let them have a big run and let it slip away.â€
Travis Busch, one of the Ramsâ€™ most experienced players, said that if the Rams can all get on the same page and unite, then they should be OK.
â€œWhen you lose games, teams spread apart,â€ the senior transfer said. â€œWe just have to come together. We canâ€™t get down on ourselves, (we have to) be positive. We have to go into games knowing we can win and believing that. We canâ€™t lose our confidence.â€
The Rams next opportunity to stop the bleeding of the current losing streak is scheduled for tonight as they host the Texas Christian Horned Frogs (10-10,, 2-3). The Frogs, similar to CSU, have had their share of struggles in conference play, dropping two of their last three games.
The Horned Frogs are led by point guard Ronnie Moss, who is averaging 13.5 points and 3.2 assists per game. In addition, TCU has five different players with over 10 made three-pointers this season.
Miles said Moss is the key to TCUâ€™s offense and explained the Rams have to stop him to have success tonight.
â€œIt starts with guarding the ball and Ronnie Moss,â€ he said. â€œTheir point guard is a really good play maker. Heâ€™s a tough nut and a good player, so we have to keep him under control because he sets a lot of those guys up. If we can do that, hustle back and not allow easy threes, then we have our best chance.â€
Even though TCU hasnâ€™t displayed the success of other teams the Rams have fallen to during the current three-game skid, Smith still knows the Horned Frogs are dangerous.
â€œThey are another conference opponent and they know everything that we are going to do just like we know everything they are going to do. We have to take it one game at a time because we can get beat by anybody.â€
Tip off for tonightâ€™s game between the Rams and Horned Frogs is scheduled for 6 p.m. There will be a live in-game blog and chat at CollegianSports.com for fans to interact with.
Assistant Sports Editor Adam Bohlmeyer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next game: CSU vs. TCU
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Moby Arena
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