The CSU Men's Basketball team has been picked to finish fourth in the preseason Mountain West Conference media poll published yesterday. This is the highest preseason ranking for the Rams since they were picked to finish third coming into the 2003-2004 season. New Mexico was picked to finish on top.

Head Coach Tim Miles thinks his Rams are poised for another successful run in 2011-12.

"This is a great opportunity for us to show the mark of our program," said Miles. "We've got the players in place, we've got the talent and they've developed their skill and we're ready to go out and compete and be successful."

The Rams earned 119 points, finishing behind preseason favorite New Mexico (203), UNLV (183) and San Diego State (158).  The Lobos collected 22 of 26 first-place votes, while the Runnin' Rebels pulled down the other four nods.

Air Force (78) was selected to finish just behind the Rams, while Wyoming (68), TCU (64), ranked sixth and seventh, respectively, and conference newcomer Boise State (63) was forecasted to finish last.

The Rams recorded a 19-13 mark in the 2010-11 campaign that ended in a postseason bid to the National Invitation Tournament.  The team finished fourth in the league standings, the Rams' best finish in the 12-year history of the conference.  The Rams finished with their first winning season since 2006-07, and became the 10th team in program history to record 19 or more victories.

The CSU Men open their 2011-2012 season on November 1st at home against Colorado State-Pueblo.

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