Colorado State looking to prove itself

Colorado State coach Tim Miles is unlike any other coach in the nation. He came up the back way to become a Division I head coach and is now starring in a reality show, tweeting at halftime and promising his son a parrot if the Rams win a title.

This season, the idea that Colorado State would have success is no joke. The Rams are 12-5 and have a chance to prove they belong when they play at UNLV tonight and host BYU on Saturday. As The Coloradoan notes, they've had a tough time beating those top-tier teams along with San Diego State and New Mexico.

CSU is 1-24 against those teams under Miles, with the lone win coming at home in 2009 over UNLV.

"We've just got to find a way to get over that hump, and this is another great opportunity," said [senior Andy] Ogide, the Rams' leading scorer (15.3 points a game) and rebounder (7.5 a game). "The good thing about our conference is we have so many great teams that you're going to get your shot. Hopefully, we don't go 0-fer (against the top teams) like we did last year. We've got to find a way to steal some of these wins."

Do that, and the Rams will begin to gain respect. Until then, they're going to have fun trying.