Colorado State University's Dorian Green celebrates his three-point shot against Missouri University during their second round NCAA basketball game in Lexington

Colorado State dominates glass in victory over Missouri

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With Colorado State and Missouri being two of the best rebounding teams in the country, the battle on the boards was an area that should have been a toss-up of sorts.

However the Rams dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Tigers 42-19 and shooting 49% from the field in the 84-72 victory. Point guard Dorian Green, who didn’t see much playing time in last week’s Mountain West tournament due to a sprained ankle, scored a game-high 26 points to pace Colorado State.

Three other CSU players reached double figures, and the Rams hit seven of their 14 three-pointers on the night. With the combination of their shooting percentages and managing to rebound nearly 43% of their misses, Colorado State controlled the flow of the game for much of the night.

Phil Pressey led Missouri with 20 points and seven assists. Next up for Colorado State is top-seed Louisville, which beat 16-seed North Carolina A&T in the first game of the night session in Lexington.

If there’s one concern for Colorado State with an eye towards Louisville it would be the turnovers, as they committed 14 against Missouri. Louisville harassed North Carolina A&T into 27 turnovers, and while there’s an obvious disparity in talent when comparing the Aggies to Colorado State the Rams must take better care of the basketball if they’re to pull off the upset.

Beating the Cardinals on Saturday will certainly be a tall order for Colorado State. But with five seniors in the starting lineup, including tough front court players such as Colton Iverson, Greg Smith and Pierce Hornung, the Rams won’t back down.

And if they control the boards as they did against Missouri, Colorado State’s got a puncher’s chance.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Clemson lands 2017 guard

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Clemson landed a quality commitment on Tuesday as Class of 2017 guard A.J. Oliver committed to the Tigers. The son of Clemson women’s head coach Audra Smith, Oliver is regarded as a three-star prospect, according to Rivals, although some others view him as a top-100 caliber player.

The 6-foot-4 Oliver attends nearby Daniel High School and should have some time to get acclimated with the players and coaches before he sets foot on campus. A versatile guard who plays hard, Oliver showed that he can make plays with the ball in his hands this summer with the Upward Stars.

Oliver is Clemson’s first commitment in the Class of 2017 and it’s a strong start for head coach Brad Brownell.

Arizona’s Tarczewski out 4-to-6 weeks

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Arizona will be without senior center Kaleb Tarczewski for 4-to-6 weeks, the school announced on Tuesday. The 7-foot Tarczewski suffered a stress reaction and strained muscle to his left foot and he’ll have some time to heal before the main portion of the Pac-12 conference schedule.

The experienced Tarczewski was averaging 8.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game before going down with injury. Without the senior in the lineup, Arizona fell to Providence in the Wooden Legacy last week. Without Tarczewski in the lineup, the Wildcats could turn to center Dusan Ristic while forward Ryan Anderson has had some solid outings this season.

Missing Tarczewski for the rest of non-conference play will hurt but he’ll get to rest and recover for the stretch run while the Wildcats can mix in some new frontcourt pieces.