Though Boise State sits under .500 for the season, the Broncos have notched nine of their 11 wins at home entering Wednesday nightâ€™s matchup with CSU.
The Rams, on the other hand, have struggled on the road this year, losing their first four conference road games by more than 16 points per game.
â€œWhen you go on the road, you know you can lose to anybody at any time,â€ CSU coach Tim Miles said. â€œBut bottom line, if you want to make the NCAA Tournament, youâ€™ve got to win on the road.â€
CSUâ€™s tournament hopes took a big hit Saturday with a 75-71 loss at TCU, but the team is focused on getting back on track and moving on.
â€œI donâ€™t think weâ€™re going to dwell on the loss, we need to learn from it and play better,â€ junior Dorian Green said. â€œWe need to stay disciplined. We turned the ball over too much late and had too many empty possessions at the end of the game.â€
Wednesdayâ€™s game in Boise seems to come at a perfect time for a CSU team that has been inconsistent as of late, with the Broncos entering the matchup at 11-12 and only 1-7 in Mountain West play.
However, Boise State won its most recent game, defeating Air Force 72-61 in Colorado Springs and nearly knocked off No. 11 UNLV earlier this season in Boise.
â€œI thought Air Force dismantled us the first time they played us and for us to go there and win, itâ€™s a huge stride,â€ Boise State coach Leon Rice said. â€œThe sunâ€™s a little brighter today, the bounce in the step is a little better for everybody, and it keeps moving our program in the right direction.â€
A big part of Boise Stateâ€™s recent success has been the play of freshman guard Anthony Drmic, who recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the teamâ€™s win over Air Force.
Drmic also leads the Broncosâ€™ three-point attack, hitting 2.3 threes per game, while making 35 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc.
â€œWeâ€™re not going to take them lightly at all,â€ guard Wes Eikmeier said. â€œThey have a number of guys that can light it up (from three-point range) and the last time they hurt us on the offensive boards, so that will be a focus for us.â€
The Broncos pulled down 15 offensive rebounds in the first game this season, though it only led to 11 second-chance points due to Boise State shooting a chilly 33.8 percent from the field.
A win for the Rams would help them start to claw back into the NCAA Tournament discussion, and the team understands it doesnâ€™t have much room for error.
â€œYou always want to win in conference, so we just need to come out ready to battle for 40 minutes,â€ Green said.
Menâ€™s Basketball Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who: CSU vs. Boise State
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Taco Bell Arena Boise, Idaho
TV: The MTN