Men hitting stride in time for RMAC tournament


MSU Denver guard Cameron Williams throws a pass across the court during the game against UCCS at the Auraria Events Center on Feb. 18. Roadrunners won the game 65-59. Photo by Kenny Martinez •

With the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament a week away, the question remains, where will the Roadrunners be placed in the seeding?

The Roadrunners are currently 16-10 overall and 21-8 in conference play with two games remaining in the regular season against Colorado Christian and Colorado School of Mines.

This was not the type of season the Runners predicted. Record will play a huge role in their placing in the tournament, but now is not the time to panic. The two remaining regular season
games are crucial for the Runners going forward. They have the opportunity to split the regular season series with School of Mines and Colorado Christian as they did with Regis University.

The tournament will begin Feb. 28 and the Runners are now in a position to tighten up their offense to match their defensive productivity. While their record leaves a question of where they should be placed in the tournament, it’s the least of their worries.

According to MSU Denver cumulative season statistics, the Runners have dominated their opponents in rebounds, points off

turnovers and steals on a game to game basis. They are solid on defense, however, pulling ahead of their opponents on the offensive end has been their biggest struggle. The Runners are arguably the most efficient and aggressive team in the RMAC conference and that will be a huge factor going into the tournament.

If the Roadrunners can dominate on the offensive and defensive end in their two remaining games, it will generate momentum going into tournament play. Aside from off-the-court distractions,
the Runners are in a position to surprise everyone in the tournament. The health status of junior forward Sunday Dech, who suffered a concussion on Feb. 10, will play a big role in how they perform. Even though they may be looked upon as the odd man out, there is still room for improvement going into the RMAC tournament.

Author: Jordan Roland

Jordan Roland is a senior at MSU Denver majoring in Journalism. He hosts a podcast called, “Fast Break” and writes for The Metropolitan. You can find him on Instagram at @estab.93 or on Facebook – Jordan Roland.

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