Despite going 27-7 in the 2014-15 season, the Colorado State Rams’ basketball team missed the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. This goes to show you what having a good non-conference schedule does for you in terms of being an At-Large team.
According to College Basketball Talk, the Rams were 14-0 in the non-conference schedule last season, but once January rolled around, the team finished on a 13-7 run in the conference slate, including the conference tournament. You have to believe that head coach Larry Eustachy will have his team in a better position with scheduling this year, right?
Eustachy is apparently having trouble scheduling big-name programs to play in the non-conference schedule. He claims that none of the big teams want to play, partially because of his 45-9 record in the non-conference in three years.
“Nobody wants to play us,” Eustachy said. “Our teams have always been tough to beat at home. Our fans would love to see UCLA come in here, for example, Duke come in here. If they can get them to do that, we’d sign the contract yesterday.
“… We do the best that we can under the circumstances.”
The only big name programs the team has on the slate for this season is a home match-up with rival Colorado and a neutral site game against Kansas State. The Rams better just hope they can go out and win the conference tournament, because, at this point, it’s their only hope.
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