CSU men’s basketball announces 2018-2019 schedule

Mamadou Balde

The Colorado State men’s basketball team has a full schedule with 17 regular season games taking place at Moby Arena, the Mountain West conference and head coach Niko Medved announced Tuesday.

CSU will kick-off the 2018-2019 season with a match against Colorado Christian Nov. 7 before taking on Arkansas Pine Bluff and Montana State at home. The first set of road games for the team will be Nov. 19-21, with the Gulf Coast Showcase in Fort Meyers, Florida.

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On Nov. 27, CSU will face Southern Illinois at the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge game.

The annual Rocky Mountain Showdown will take place Dec. 1 at Boulder as the Rams try to extend their winning streak against the Buffaloes to three consecutive games. The Rams will return home Dec. 5 to face 2018 NCAA Tournament team Arkansas.

December will be rounded out by two home games against Sam Houston State Dec. 8 and South Dakota Dec. 16. The Rams will start a conference play on the road against the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels Jan. 2 before travelling to Fresno, California to take on Fresno State. Conference play will continue with two home games against Air Force Jan. 2 and New Mexico Jan. 12.

The Rams will also face another 2018 NCAA Tournament team in conference opponent Nevada. Last year, the Wolf Pack advanced to the third round of the tournament before losing to Final Four team Loyola Chicago 69-68. The Rams will meet Nevada twice, once on the road Jan. 23 and at home Feb. 6.

CSU will also face their border rivals Wyoming twice, with the first game being held in Laramie, Wyoming Feb. 9 and the second game at Moby Feb. 23, which will serve as the annual Orange Out game.

The MW Men’s Basketball Championship will begin March 13 and end March 16 with the championship game. The MW Championships will be held at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The winner of the title game will earn an automatic NCAA Tournament berth.

Collegian sports reporter Mamadou Balde can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @mamadoubalde62.