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Mustangs host CSU P

December 11th, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

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The Mustangs open the home RMAC schedule with what might be one of the toughest contests on the schedule. It didn’t appear to be that way but CSUP is playing very well early in the season. Of note, they got huge wins over nationally ranked teams and they’ve won 5 of 6 road games including a 3 point win over Western State Colorado in their RMAC opener last week.

CSUP’s lost to then #22 Midwestern State in Pueblo by 16 before turning around a week later and beating then #11 Midwestern State on the road by 13. But the bigger win came about a week later on the road as the T-wolves downed the top ranked team in the nation, Tarleton State, on Tarleton’s home floor in a 3 pt overtime victory. Despite those two very impressive victories, CSUP is not ranked nationally but is getting votes in the polls.

The T-wolves are led by a 6-1 sharp shooting guard, Chris Golden. He can light it up and hits about 41% of his shots overall but is 28-60 from downtown, 48%. Golden ranks #5 nationally in 3 pt shots made per game, 7.4, while the team is #18 nationally with 10 three pointers made per game.

Josh Smith, 6-5 guard, is the other hot shooter; 51% from the floor with 41% from deep. He comes off the bench and gives them a huge spark offensively. Against Western State he hit 4-8 from downtown.

The team can go deep scoring wise but they are also very athletic. They will push the tempo when they can and they play aggressive defense, trying to trap out of the 1-3-1 and 2-3 zones. The will create 15 turnovers per game but also turn it over 14 times. What they are really hoping to do, is force you into a bad shot choice and they want to beat you from beyond the arc.

One bright spot, Bronson Moton, who has been a top tier player for CSU Pueblo, has left the team and won’t be a problem for us as he has been in the past.

The Mustangs are still looking for that right mix in the line up. Look for another couple of changes in the starting line up tonight. We’ll talk more about that on tonight’s broadcast.

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