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Final leg of a most excellent week+ of basketball is on Sunday.

December 12, 2015

I’m spoiled.

I have excellent seats in Moby Arena.  Row 7, Seats 9 and 10.  Rim height, on the free throw line, close to the floor, right behind the Colorado State bench and directly behind the head coach’s seat.

I get to watch two quality products, both of whom rarely lose at home.  And both of whom play local teams away making it easy to travel to see them.

On Sunday, both Colorado State basketball teams are in action.  First the Women play at Moby vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State at 2:00PM.  

It should be a laugher. No one loses to Panhandle State, right?  Except for Tim Miles, whose team lost to them in his first year at Colorado State.  At least they took it to OT in that one.  Most nights that team got blown out.

Then its on to Greeley for a 5:00PM road tilt at Northern Colorado. Plenty of good seats available for that one as the Bears are struggling. But they always get up for the Rams and their students can be quite loud if they show.

A doubleheader to conclude 11 days of basketball featuring 8 CSU games.

It began with a womens game at Moby vs. in-state rival Colorado and I was treated to one of the best played games I’ll see all year. It was won by an Ellen Nystrom baseline jumper, following a beautiful layup by CU’s Kennedy Leonard that looked to have given her team a famous road victory with 3.5 seconds to go.

The men took on Long Beach State the next night and the invaders from the left coast scored an upset win over the home squad breaking a long non-conference home winning streak.  Lots of O, not alot of D.

Followed on Sunday by a tough home loss to bitter in-state rival Colorado where the Rams had jumped out 52-39 at the half but were obliterated in the second half by a CU interior onslaught that would have made Sherwin-Williams proud. 

Followed by a road trip on Tuesday to Greeley to see if the Lady Rams could exact some form of revenge over a Northern Colorado team that had knocked them out of the WNIT last March.  Which they did easily with their trademark defense.

Then back to Moby on Wednesday for a Mens game for the Battle of the Forts as Arkansas-Fort Smith invaded Fort Collins. The Rams struggled until a freshman named Prentiss Nixon woke them up and they went on to an easy victory.

Back in Moby on Thurday for a womens’ game between the pre-season conference favorites in the MWC and Big Sky. One team looked the part as the CSU women played their best 40 minutes of the year on their way to an easy 75-43 win.

And now it concludes with a double-header. Games  7 and 8 for me over these 11 days.  The women have a chance to go 4-0 over the period with a win and to move their season record to 9-1.  The men have a chance to score a road win which would even their record to 2-2 over the period and to 7-3 season.

While I love the Holiday season, I don’t like this time of year. Not enough daylight and cold temperatures make golf a little more problematic.  Basketball keeps me going. 

As I said earlier, I am spoiled.  I get to see quality products.  I get to see them from pretty close.  And it looks like the women are on their way toward competing for a 3rd consecutive MWC crown. As for the men, there are enough pieces for them to put together a pretty formidable run through the MWC home schedule at Moby.

Eight games in 11 days!  I love it!

After a week of finals, the Lady Rams return to the floor when they visit the University of Denver and the men host USC-Upstate.

Uh-oh.  Road trip!

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