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RMAC this week

December 10th, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

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The RMAC schedule got under way this past weekend with all travel partners playing each other on Saturday, except for SD Mines and Black Hills State, who played on Tuesday. There were a couple of surprises, mild, and now only 1 undefeated team overall. Most of the games were fairly close, with WNMU losing to Highlands by 20 as the lone blowout (that wasn’t really a blowout).

In the Mountain Division, #15 Colorado Mines, CSU Pueblo, Adams State, & NMHU all got wins and are 1-0, while Ft Lewis, Colorado Christian, Western State, & WNMU suffered losses. In the Rocky Division, Westminster (5-0), Chadron State, South Dakota Mines, and MSU Denver all got wins, meaning Colorado Mesa, Black Hills State, UC Colorado Springs, and Regis suffered losses.

Probably the most interesting thing is Westminster. They were picked next to last in the RMAC pre-season coaches’ poll but are 5-0. Their non-conference schedule was not particularly tough, but they did lose by 1 to D-I Idaho State. Their RMAC win this week was over Colorado Mesa, who was picked 4th in the preseason poll; CMU also features Ryan Stephan, the 6-10 250 Sr Preseason POTY in the RMAC. He averaged 25 pts a game last year and has been a beast so far this year. The Griffins played solid defense holding the team to about 33% from the floor and Stephan to 4-15 overall. They also out rebounded the Mavs by a ton. That’s a big loss for CMU.

Metro State continues to be a conundrum. They got by UCCS at home by 3 points and UCCS is a good team, but without Derrick White, UCCS isn’t nearly what they were last year. Apparently neither is the preseason favorite, MSUD. They are struggling more than was expected. And really, struggling for them, meant they weren’t going to be a clear cut favorite in the RMAC.

FCL losing to Adams State in Alamosa was a mild upset. FLC had been playing very well and ASU isn’t as good as they normally are; not quite as athletic and that hurts their pressure defense and up tempo offense some. But they won a relatively low scoring game.

Friday games of interest this week included UCCS at Colorado Mesa and MSUD at Westminster. It will be interesting to see how both MSUD and WU react to this game. Is Westminster a real threat in the RMAC or is MSUD just an early season disappointment. UCCS at CMU; Mesa needs the win at home over a good team and will likely get it. Mines at FLC will be a good one as well. Mines has to look at this road trip as a possible split but the tough game will be against FLC where the Skyhawks are always very good.

Of course those games will be flipped on Saturday and MSUD, Mesa, Westminster, & UCCS will be playing tough games on Saturday.

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