The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks are on the road looking for a better effort on Monday Night. Northern Arizona are in Fort Collins, Colorado for a meeting with the Colorado State Rams. They’ve had nothing working in their favor so far, but we’ll see if they can find a spark against the Rams in Fort Collins.
They were 96-53 losers against the Arizona Wildcats, and then couldn’t respond in their next outing against UC Riverside in a 74-50 loss. The Lumberjacks return a couple of starting guards this season, but their offense has been sputtering so far.
Arizona lost a lot of talent to the NBA Draft, though they made it look easy right out of the gate against the Lumberjacks. There wasn’t any response from Northern Arizona in their next performance. Maybe a trip to Colorado will do them some good. Colorado State has one game under their belts thus far in 2020.
They had an easy time against CSU-Pueblo with a 89-77 win. Colorado State did what was expected out of them against an inferior opponent. If Colorado State played up to their full potential, it probably could have been a much bigger win than that. Mondays aren’t typically big for college basketball, but there is one game to note. Marquette and Creighton in Omaha should be a good one.
We know how good Creighton is, but I think the verdict is still out on Marquette. If you talk to one person, they’ll talk about how good Marquee is and how they’re going to be a team to deal with in March. Conversely, there’s the crowd that believes they’re overhyped and their win over Wisconsin was a fluke. Losses against UCLA and Oklahoma State certainly isn’t a good indicator.
As far as Colorado State is concerned this season, they are looking to improve on a solid 20-12 campaign. They needed just a little more to be a contender in the Mountain West, though. Colorado State finished with a record of 11-7 in the conference. Leading-scorer from 2019, Isaiah Stevens, is back which certainly helps. Head below for our free Northern Arizona vs. Colorado State pick for December 14, 2020.
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Colorado State were not a bad team last year at all. They weren’t great by any means, and faced an uphill battle to get into the NCAA Tournament, but there was some good to take out of that campaign. Colorado State were one of the better offenses in college basketball. They ranked 62nd in the NCAA with 75.5 points per game. The Rams could score on a lot of defenses, led by Isaiah Stevens, who notched 13.3 points per game and 4.5 assists.
The one guy they’re going to miss from the lineup is center Nico Carvacho. Carvacho averaged a double-double and was the anchor down low for the Rams. Fortunately, there are a couple of really solid forwards on the current squad, and they can do without a dependable center like Carvacho against Northern Arizona. Expect David Roddy and Adam Thistlewood to make their presence felt tonight for the Rams.
Northern Arizona had no answers around the rim versus Arizona and UC Riverside. Expect that to continue against Colorado State on Monday night. Defensively, Colorado State left a lot to be desired, though. They allowed 72.1 points a game for 255th in the nation. CSU-Pueblo scored 77 points on them, so I can’t say they fixed it in the offseason.
The Lumberjacks have struggled to get anything to fall from the field through two games. They’ve been awful from the field, as they’re shooting just 29.4% with 51.5 points per game. Colorado State likely won’t have to be perfect to limit the scoring of Northern Arizona in this game. The Lumberjacks will probably beat themselves in that regard. This looks like a 20-point win for Colorado State at home. The spread looks to be a touch too low.