Mar 172010
 
Authors: Adam Bohlmeyer

Kentucky might not have beaches or tropical weather but the CSU Rams couldn’t think of a better place to spend their spring break.

The Rams (16-15) are in the blue grass state and ready to face the Morehead State Eagles (23-9) in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational Wednesday night. The game will mark CSU’s first post season appearance since 2003.

Even though the CBI is a step below the NCAA Tournament or the National Invitational Tournament, Rams forward Andy Ogide said the team was more than happy to taste the post season.

“It’s not any of those tournaments, but it shows progress,” the junior said. “From where we’ve been the last couple of years we haven’t had a chance to play any type of post season ball. We’re getting more wins now and starting to play in tournaments. Things can only improve next year.”

CSU guard Adam Nigon agreed with his teammate and explained just how much appearing in this tournament means to the green and gold.

“It’s good for the program,” the Broomfield graduate said. “It gives our guys a chance to get some post season experience and keep playing in March which every team is looking to do.”

While Rams head coach Tim Miles was glad to accept a place in the CBI, he said it’s just another step towards achieving a higher goal.

“Certainly we are pleased and happy, but like everybody we aspire to be in the NCAA tournament. But this is good. We get to do more work, a chance to live another day and anyone who competes likes that.

The Rams enter tonight’s game after struggling at the end the season. CSU has currently lost six of their last seven games including a heart breaking 72-71 loss to San Diego State in the opening round of the conference tournament.

In the game Ogide was ejected after throwing an elbow to a SDSU defender. The Georgia native said he’s pleased the season doesn’t have to end on that note.

“It feels great,” Ogide said. “It (the Rams last game against San Diego State) left a bad taste in my mouth and I didn’t want to end the season not being able to help my team. I’m just glad to play and help my team get a win against Morehead State”

Morehead State, out of the Ohio Valley Conference, comes into the game winners in five of their last seven and with a 12 game home winning streak. The Eagles finished second in the conference behind Murray St. who is now in the NCAA tournament.

MSU is lead by forward Kenneth Faried, a 6-foot-8 junior averaging 16 points and 13 rebounds per game.

Nigon admitted that he doesn’t know very much about MSU, but said he sort of likes it like that.

“I don’t really know much about them at all,” he said. “It’s kind of up to the coaches to get us prepared for what they do. We’ll watch some film on them to try and get a feel for them, but at the end of the day it’s just coming out and competing more than anything.”

Ogide agreed and said he’s just happy to play.

“I don’t really care much about who I’m playing against,” the second team all conference selection said. “They have to guard me to so I’m just going to go into the game doing whatever coach tells me to do as far as the defensive scheme and go from there.”

Tip off of Wednesday’s game is scheduled for 7 pm and can be seen on HDNet. Stay tuned to collegiansports.com for post game news and reaction.

Assistant Sports Editor Adam Bohlmeyer can be reached at sports@collegian.com

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