There have been CSU basketball fans who’ve told coach Larry Eustachy expectations for his second year will be greater than what the Rams accomplished in 2012-13. They must have been high. When asked at Mountain West media days Wednesday about his expectations for Colorado State University this season, Eustachy joked some of the buzz around the program must be due to the state’s marijuana laws.
“I think people still think we’re going to be better than last year and I’m coaching them going, ‘they did legalize weed here.’ It is legal, because I’m going, ‘I don’t know—’ it must be strong weed, too,” Eustachy said with a smirk. “We’re guardedly optimistic. Last year, I don’t know if we’ll ever do that again. I think we will, for sure. We have loftier goals than we did last year, but it’s just going to take time.”
As much as Eustachy said he appreciates the support, he’s worried about what could happen should CSU—which finished 26-9 last season, falling to eventual national champion Louisville in the NCAA tournament—lose a few games before conference play begins Jan. 1, 2014.
CSU lost all five starters from last season to graduation, including honorable mention All-American Colton Iverson, who was drafted by the Indiana Pacers.
If CSU doesn’t win its nationally-televised game at Gonzaga on Nov. 11 and couples that with a loss in one of its 11 home nonconference games, will last year’s record-setting attendance at Moby Arena start to taper off?
“If we go to Gonzaga, and let’s say it doesn’t work out, and we lose one at home that we should have won early, what we don’t want is this momentum doing that,” said Eustachy, moving his hand in a downward angle. “People are excited about basketball. You schedule to your team and we have, I think, 10 straight home games, but four of them are against teams picked to go to the NCAA tournament.
“We don’t want that to happen. We want to create the buzz, we want to continue the buzz. We want to go in there and have the students show up.”
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