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The team is led by 7-foot center Garrett Stutz, who is averaging 13.5 points and eight rebounds. He says last season’s one-point loss to the Rams is motivation.

“It’s something that’s been in the back of our minds for a long time now,” he said. “They were a great team last year, and when they beat us, that kind of gave them momentum into their NCAA tournament round. So there’s definitely still some — I won’t call it rivalry — but there’s still some motivation for us.”

The Rams could counter Stutz with their own 7-footer, sophomore D.J. Haley, who has averaged about 3.2 points and 11.3 minutes this season.

“A lot of size down there in the paint,” Stutz mused