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Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy and players Daniel Bejarano and Stanton Kidd after win over Fresno State.
Kelly Lyell/The ColoradoanSan Diego State’s Aqeel Quinn reacts in the final seconds of the Aztecs’ 67-65 win over Wyoming on Thursday night in the Mountain West tournament in Las Vegas. San Diego State faces CSU in the semifinals Friday night.(Photo: Isaac Brekken/The Associated Press)LAS VEGAS – What will it take for the CSU men’s basketball team to beat San Diego State on Friday night in the semifinals of the Mountain West tournament?Here are three keys for the Rams:1. A healthy J.J. Avila. The 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward injured his right ankle during a quarterfinal win over Fresno State. If he’s not able to play, the Rams will have a tough time making up for the loss of his team-leading 16.1 points and 7.5 rebounds a game.The first-team all-conference selection has been Colorado State University’s leading scorer in 14 games this season and leading rebounder in 12. Although the Rams won two games this season without him, those victories came at home against the two worst teams in the league — Nevada and San Jose State.Avila was scheduled for X-rays Friday morning and said he’ll do everything he can to play against the Aztecs. Coach Larry Eustachy said he’ll only let Avila play if doing so will not aggravate the injury.2. Ball movement. With or without Avila, the Rams can’t afford to settle for the first open shot they get against the No. 2 scoring defense in the nation. CSU leads the … – Click Here To Visit Article Source