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Colorado State puts together elite resume

An inside the numbers look at the Rams’ hot start to the 2023-24 season

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Isaiah Stevens is averaging 17.5 points per game this season while shooting better than 50% from the floor.
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The Colorado State Rams won their first six games of the season for the second time in three years. This beginning was capped off by a 69-48 drubbing of No. 8 Creighton to win the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Mo. on Thursday.

The metrics have loved CSU’s resume so far, so here is a look at some of the numbers behind the Rams’ first six games.

One

Colorado State has won all but one game by double digits. The lone margin that was below 10 points was an eight-point victory over Louisiana Tech in the season opener.

Five

The win over Creighton was the program’s fifth over a top-10 team and first since 1984.

The Rams rank fifth in in Bart Torvik over last week. That includes two games – an 86-74 win over Boston College and a 69-48 victory over Creighton. For the season, CSU is 42th overall in Torvik.

Colorado State is also fifth in effective field goal percentage at 61.3% for the season. It sits just two-tenths of a percentage point behind third.

Eight

CSU’s win over Creighton was one of the top-10 defensively efficient performances this season this season. Its adjusted defensive efficiency was 66.6 for the 21-point win.

“Our defense was just phenomenal,” CSU coach Niko Medved said according to The Coloradoan. “Transition, we were closing out, we were playing physical.”

Nine

Isaiah Stevens has been the catalyst for the Rams. He is averaging 17.5 points per game, which ranks ninth in the Mountain West.

For those who really like to get into the numbers game, the graduate guard sits ninth in the nation in points over replacement per adjusted game at that usage (PORPAGATU!) at 6.5, according to Torvik.

“If there’s a better guard in the country, I want to see him,” Medved said according to The Coloradoan.

He is shooting 58.8% from the field and 52.6% from 3-point land.

Stevens notched a game-high 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the win over Creighton.

26

Colorado State sits 26th in KenPom. They are the second highest ranked mid-major behind conference foe SDSU, who is currently 18. They are the only two mid-majors in the top 35.

27.9

Colorado State limited Creighton to 27.9% shooting from the floor. That marks the second lowest field goal percentage for a Ram opponent ever.

“[They] really took us out of our rhythm,” Creighton coach Greg McDermott said according to The Coloradoan. “As the game progressed, they got a little more physical, took away some of the stuff we were trying to do.”