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Cyclone Nation breaks down Colorado State. Iowa State will meet the Rams tonight at 11:30 in the championship of the Rainbow Classic.

When I look at this Colorado State team on paper, I see a team that Iowa State shouldn't have any trouble with. I could have said the same thing about Fresno as well. Colorado State beat the host team Hawaii last night in the semi-finals of the Rainbow Classic but Hawaii only shot 34% from the field. Was that due to good defense or poor shooting? How about a little bit of both? That I don't know but I have done some research on this Colorado State team that I'll share with you.


First of all their head coach Dale Layer is supposedly on the hot seat. Without a winning season this year, he's probably headed for a JUCO in Idaho. The big thing about this team is that they lost so many players from last year's squad that went 3-11 in the Mountain West Conference. The Rams lost their center Matt  Nelson and a forward Matt  Williams that were huge producers for the past two seasons. Three other lettermen transferred after last season so they have their issues.


The Ram's stud is a 7 foot sophomore by the name of Jason Smith. Smith was the MWC's Freshman of the Year last season where he averaged 10.5 points a game and 5.9 rebounds. The only knock on Smith is that he has a tendency to get into foul trouble and the Rams must have him on the floor to have a prayer in most of their games. Smith had 17 points and 11 rebounds last night against Hawaii.


Another threat is a 6'0 guard by the name of Cory Lewis. Lewis had 15 points and 7 rebounds against Hawaii last night, but I don't think he'll be much of a match for the Iowa State backcourt.


Michael Harrison and Sean Morris are two guys for the Rams that have the ability to do some damage. Harrison is 6'9 forward who is averaging 10 points and 5 rebounds a game. Morris is a 5'10 guard averaging 10 points a game and brings a lot of quickness to the table.


The surprising thing for me when I look at this team is that their numbers aren't that great but they are still 9-1. They've had impressive wins against Colorado, Auburn and Pepperdine. Their only loss came on the road to a tough Kansas State team. We'll see what happens tonight at 11:30 Iowa time as the Cyclones look to bring home a Rainbow Classic Championship.


If I had to predict a winner I would pick Iowa State by 10. I think that Iowa State lucked out by not having to play Hawaii in what would be a home game for Rainbows. Hawaii has won 5 straight Rainbow Classic's.  The Cyclones are a 2 point favorite in this game.






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