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MBB Travels to No. 3/3 Kansas Saturday

Feb 11, 2005

Colorado (12-9, 4-6 Big 12) at No. 3/3 Kansas (19-1, 9-0 Big 12)

Saturday, Feb.12, 2005, 1:30 p.m. (MST.)

Arena: Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)

Television: ABC (60% of the country with the exception of the Pacific Time Zone, Ohio Valley, Michigan, Minnesota)

Announcers: Ron Franklin (p-by-p), Fran Fraschilla (analyst)

Radio: KKZN-760 AM, Mark Johnson (P-by-P), Charles Johnson (analyst)

Buff Bits ... Richard Roby was named Big 12 Rookie of the Week after scoring 20 points in back-to-back games with 29 at TTU and 22 at K-State. Roby has scored a team-best 20+points in three straight games ... Andy Osborn netted his first career CU double-double (14 pts., 10 reb. vs. Texas). Osborn had five doubles at LMU ... At TTU, Roby become the 12th player at CU to make seven, 3-pointers in a game ... Roby is second among CU freshman in scoring (15.9 ppg.) and his 29 points at TTU ranks third all-time to Chauncey Billups' 31 and 30 points, respectively against Northwestern State and Oklahoma State in 1996-97 ... Marcus Hall has led CU in assists 14 times, including the last nine games in a row, including one shared (5.7 apg.) ... CU is 3-2 in its last five games: Roby (20.4 ppg.), Hall (15.6, 6.4 apg.) and Chris Copeland (13.6, 7.2 rpg.), Osborn (10.6 ppg., 6.6 rpg.) ... Copeland has a team high six double-doubles: latest 13 pts., 10 rebs. at K-State ... Glean Eddy stands six rebounds from 300 (294); while Copeland (246) are the only players with over 200 career rebounds ... Osborn made a career-best five 3-pointers against Oklahoma State ... Hall scored his fourth 20+ game with a Big 12 best 24 points at TTU ... Roby is 18-of-20 (.900) and Hall is 20-of-25 (.800) are the team's best FT shooters under 2 minutes to play ... Team Leaders: Roby (15.9 ppg.), steals (1.7), 3-pointers made (43); Ashby and Copeland (6.4 rpg.); Copeland in FG percentage (.478), blocked shots (1.6); Hall in assists (4.3).

BUFF BITS (part II) ... With 90 assists this season, Hall is sixth among CU sophomores ... Roby's 35 steals is three from cracking the CU single-season top-30 list; Copeland's 34 blocks is tied for 16th on the single-season list ... TEAM: CU had a season and Big 12 Conference low (third all-time) five turnovers against Texas ... After 21 games played, CU has shattered last year's total of 119 3-pointers, compared to this season's 150 ... CU is 8-0 this when leading at the half; 11-0 when leading with 5-and 2-minutes to play ... CU has 49 3-pointers in the last three games (12.3) with 116 attempts (.422) ... Twice this season, CU had two players with over 20+ plus each (at Texas Tech, Nebraska) ... CU scored 61 points in the second half at TTU. The last time CU tallied 60 in a half was against Stetson (Nov. 24, 2002) ... The bench has scored 88 points in each of the last five games (17.6 ppg.) ... CU is 8-18 over the last three seasons in conference road games ... CU recorded a school record 17 treys vs. the Cowboys breaking the mark set in 2001. OSU/CU combined what is believed a conference record for two teams (30) ... Against Texas, CU had five players with 10 or more points, that's five times this season ... CU has used TEN different starting lineups and leads the Big 12 in blocked shots (6.0).

SCOUTING THE JAYHAWKS - Kansas is rolling along with its portion of the Big 12 Conference schedule winning all nine games by an average of 11.8 points. Since their lone loss of the season in Philadelphia to Villanova, KU has won five straight by an average of 15.8 points. Three players average 10 or more points led by All-American and Preseason Player of the Year candidate Wayne Simien with 18.3 points, 10.8 rebounds per game. With four starters from its 2003 Final Four team, KU looks to run the table and duplicate its 2001-02 team by finishing a perfect 16-0 in conference play.

CU vs. KANSAS - This is the second time around against the Jayhawks this season as the conference season begins its second half. For those familiar with the KU/CU series know the traditionally nationally ranked team has dominated the series holding a 108-39 advantage. KU's only blemish in recent memory is their 60-59 loss in Boulder back on Jan. 22, 2003. CU hasn't won in Lawrence since Feb. 10, 1983 (75-74), that's 21 straight.

LAST TIME vs. KU - Wayne Simien had 23 points and 17 rebounds and Keith Langford hit a handful of big shots to help No. 2 Kansas to a 76-61 victory over surprisingly persistent Colorado. The Buffaloes rallied from a 17-point deficit in the first half narrowing its margin to 45-44. Glean Eddy finished with five points and a career-high 12 boards, six on the offensive glass. Chris Copeland had 22 points and 11 rebounds for his then-fourth career double-double and Richard Roby scored 14 points for CU (Story and box on page 29).

LAST TIME OUT - Richard Roby scored 22 points, Marcus Hall added 17 and Colorado withstood a big second-half run by No. 23 Texas to beat the short-handed Longhorns 88-79 on Tuesday night. CU committed a season Big 12 low five turnovers, it's lowest against a conference opponent since Feb. 22, 2003 against Mizzou. Andy Osborn had 14 points and some key rebounds in the second half for CU, which had five players in double figures and beat the Longhorns for just the second time in nine games. The Buffaloes also hounded freshman Daniel Gibson, Texas' leading scorer the previous six games, into 4-of-12 shooting and eight turnovers. (game story and box, page 33).

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK - Richard Roby was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Rookie of the Week for games of Jan. 31 - Feb. 6 in voting by a panel of media covering the conference. It's Roby's second rookie of the week honor after earning his first award back on Dec. 27.

Roby posted 25.5 points per game in two outings in CU's 1-1 week. He had a career-high 29 points at Texas Tech, hitting 11-of-20 shots from the field. In a win at Kansas State (70-60), he had a game-high 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

The San Bernardino, Calif. native was 18-of-31 (.581) from the field and 10-of-20 (.500) from 3-point range in two games, becoming the 12th player in CU history to make seven 3-pointers in a contest when he did so versus Tech. Roby also totaled six rebounds and five steals. He leads the team in scoring with 15.6 points per game.

   Roby is just the second player in school history to be named Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Rookie of the Week twice. D. J. Harrison earned a pair of honors during the 2000-01 season.

What the Big 12 Coaches are saying about CU's Richard Roby:

Kansas Head Coach Bill Self

"I didn't think that we did a good job on containing him, I think that he just missed some of his shots. He is going to be a really terrific player and today he proved he can play with anyone and create his shot against anyone.

Nebraska Head Coach Barry Collier

"I said it before the game that he is one of the best freshmen in the league and I think he is one of the best freshmen in the country. I was very impressed with him tonight."

Oklahoma State Head Coach Eddie Sutton

"He is a very talented, young player, and is going to be an outstanding player in this league."

Texas Head Coach Rick Barnes

"He is a wonderful player, I like his demeanor on the court, he does not get rattled out there and plays a great game. He handles himself very well, and I think that he plays a great role. He plays the role that Ricardo (Patton) wants him to play, and he does a very good job at it."

3-POINT MACHINE - CU has made 49 3-pointers in its last four games (116 attempts) with an average of .422. From the rest of the field, CU is shooting 66-of-137 (.482). During the 3-point explosion, Richard Roby has made 17 treys, followed by Chris Copeland (12), Marcus Hall (9), and Andy Osborn (8).

3's IN THE BIG 12 ONLY - Richard Roby is the highest CU player ranked among the conference elite players. Roby ranks second overall in 3-pointers made (3.00), while Chris Copeland is eighth (2.1). In trey percentage, Roby is third (.395) and Copeland is eighth (.350). As a team, the Buffs lead Oklahoma State for treys made in conference-only games 83 (8.3) to 80 (8.0), respectively.

SEE THE 3, BE THE 3 - This season CU has launched the 3-point attempt 423 times. After 21 games, CU is averaging 20.1 attempts, while making just over seven a game (7.1). Here's where CU ranks all-time in school history, made and attempts. At this pace CU will attempt 574, good enough for second all-time in school history.

CONFERENCE MARK TO FALL - CU's amazing 3-point assault after 21 games has the conference record for treys in sight, 114 set in 2003-04. As of today's game at Kansas, CU has 83 3-pointers. What's more amazing, CU has shattered last year's sum of treys at this point last year. Even with CU record-holder Blair Wilson on the team last year, CU totaled 119 3-pointers. This year, the 2004-05 Buffs have 150!!!