"Colorado State can't afford to lose to TCU"
The Rams know it, too. This morning's Denver Post had a nice little write-up on the game, and the CSU players are not taking the Frogs lightly. Nor should they- the two schools have each won five times against each other in the past five years, and have also split this year's games- a 95-89 double-overtime win by CSU in Fort Collins on January 14th and a 75-71 Horned Frog triumph at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on February 11th.
One thing to watch for- the Rams can shoot the shit out of the ball. In their two games against TCU, Colorado State has shot a combined 54% from the field. The Frogs were able to overcome that hot shooting at home, but a neutral site could be a different story. The biggest difference between the win and the loss this year: rebounding. In Fort Collins, the Frogs were out-rebounded by ten. In Fort Worth, they beat the Rams by eleven on the boards.
The other tantalizing thought about this tournament is how will Hank Thorns react to playing in front of his hometown crowd one last time in college? That extra bit of motivation lifted him to a career-high 32 points that included some ridiculously clutch threes in the Frogs' upset of UNLV earlier this year, so how will that translate to the tournament in Vegas as he attempts to end CSU's NCAA hopes and strengthen TCU's NIT chances or, let's keep our fingers crossed, run the table and put the Frogs in the Big Dance for the first time since last century.