Wednesday college basketball odds: Colorado State at Colorado

It’s a very underrated matchup on Wednesday night in Boulder as Colorado State visits Colorado. The Buffs, who just fell out of the Top 25, opened as slight WagerWeb.com favorites. Check our current lines

Colorado State enters off 79-72 win over Evansville. Colton Iverson added his fourth consecutive double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Rams. Greg Smith had 19 points and eight rebounds for Colorado State (6-0). Wes Eikmeier and Dorian Green also had 16 points. CSU is off to its best start since 2005-06. As a team, Colorado State shot 48.1 percent from the field, including an impressive 7-15 from the three-point line.

With senior forward Pierce Hornung missing his second consecutive game, the Rams made sure to attack the glass as a team. Green tallied a season-best seven rebounds, while Colorado State out-rebounded Evansville, 41-22. The Rams have out-rebounded their opponent by double digits in all six games. Colorado State ranks as one of the top rebounding teams in the nation, leading the NCAA in rebounding margin.

Colorado (6-1) was beaten 76-69 at Wyoming last time out in the Buffs’ first true road game of the season. CU allowed 14 layups (seven in each half) and permitted Wyoming to shoot 52 percent in the second half of a game that the Buffs led by two (28-26) at intermission. Wyoming outscored CU 30-24 in the paint. The unbeaten Cowboys (8-0) also turned the Buffs’ 17 turnovers, which tied the season high, into 20 points.

Spencer Dinwiddie led the Buffs with 24 points and Andre Roberson added 16 and 12 rebounds – his 28th career double-double. CU’s other pair of top scorers – guard Askia Booker and post Josh Scott – accounted for 11 points between them. Booker (16.8 ppg) was held to a season-low six points – a three-pointer in each half, while Scott (14.5 ppg) scored five before fouling out. Two of Scott’s teammates – Roberson and Sabatino Chen – also fouled out. The Buffs were whistled for 27 fouls to the Cowboys’ 13.

Wednesday game marks the 121st meeting in the series. CSU and CU have met 118 times in regular-season action, with two postseason matchups – in the 1969 NCAA tournament and the 1999 NIT – both resulting in CSU victories. Colorado owns an 83-37 advantage in the all-time series, but Colorado State has captured two of the last three and four of the last seven matchups. The series in Boulder favors Colorado by an 83-37 margin. CSU is 1-15 in Boulder since the teams began playing again on an annual basis in 1979-80, capturing the 2006-07 matchup, 72-69.

“I’m well aware of these rivalries, and I know how important it is to people,” CSU coach Larry Eustachy said. “Hopefully it will be a great game. I know both teams have high character, so they will represent the state well. I think both programs are on the national upswing, and I think it’s terrific.”

WagerWeb.com trends: Rams are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Colorado. Rams are 2-9 ATS in the last 11 meetings.

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