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MBB Looks To Rebound at Mizzou Tuesday; Four Suspended

Feb 21, 2005

Colorado (13-11, 4-8 Big 12) at Missouri (13-13, 5-7 Big 12)

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, 5:05 p.m. (MST)

Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,000)

Television: ESPN+ (Denver - Altitude; Comcast Ch. 25; Boulder campus Ch. 55)

Announcers: Dave Armstrong (P-by-P), Chris Piper (analyst)

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

Monday Afternoon Update

CU head coach Ricardo Patton announced Monday (Feb. 21) that four players have been suspended for one game for violating team rules.  The four will be suspended for Tuesday night's Big 12 Conference game at Missouri and did not travel with the team to Columbia.  All four violated the same rule, which is strictly internal to the team and involved no outside agencies.


Juniors Chris Copeland, Martane Freeman, Julius Ashby and sophomore Marcus Hall will be reinstated for Saturday's home game against Kansas State.


"I am suspending the four student-athletes for the Missouri game," said Patton.  "I learned Saturday evening that the four had violated team rules prior to the Texas A&M game."  CU lost that game, 92-77, that afternoon.


Copeland is the second leading scorer on the team, averaging 12.6 points along with 6.0 rebounds per game.   Hall is third in scoring (11.9 ppg) and first in assists (4.4 apg), while Ashby is the team's leading rebounder at 6.1 per contest; he's also scoring 7.1 points per game.  Freeman has played in 22 games in a reserve role and averages 2.4 points and 1.5 rebounds.


Buff Bits ... Richard Roby is averaging 21.6 ppg., with 17 3-pointers in his last five Big 12 games ... Roby has netted a team-best 20+ points six times, including five Big 12 games ... Andy Osborn has 19 treys in his last four games (4.8), including nine in his last two ... Marcus Hall dished out a personal-best 10 assists for his first career double-double (11 pts.) against South Dakota State. He had a previous high eight assists, three other times ... Hall has led CU in assists 17 times (three shared), including the last 11 of 12 games ... Roby is second among CU freshman scoring (16.0 ppg.) and his 29 points at TTU ranks third all-time to Chauncey Billups' 31 and 30 points ... Chris Copeland has six of the team's 10 double-doubles. His latest 13 pts., 10 rebs. at Kansas State ... In eight starts, Glean Eddy is averaging 7.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, however in a reserve role he's 4.3 ppg., 2.9 rpg. ... Eddy has 305 career rebounds, the lone CU player with that many ... With 106 assists this season, Hall is fourth among CU sophomores and his 151 assists in two seasons ranks 31st ... Roby's 40 steals is 25th in seasonal swipes; Copeland's 35 blocks is 15th on the single-season list and his 55 career is 21st ... Roby (18-of-20, .900) and Hall (20-of-25, .800) are the team's best FT shooters with under 2 minutes to play ... Since his return from injury, Julius Ashby has not scored over double digits in the last 10 games ... Team Leaders: Roby (16.0 ppg.), steals (1.7), 3-pointers made (49); Ashby (6.1 rpg.); Copeland in FG percentage (.458), blocked shots (1.5); Hall in assists (4.4).


TEAM: Average margin of victory in four Big 12 wins is 5.8 points, while losses are 15.1 ... CU has used 11 different starting lineups ... In Big 12-only stats, CU ranks first in blocks (5.5), offensive rebounds (13.9), and 3-pointers made (8.3) ... CU is 8-0 this when leading at the half; 11-0 at the 5-and 2-minutes to play ... The Buffs are 9-1 when out-rebounding the opponent, 5-0 at home ... Averaging 14.5 turnovers a game, CU committed a conference low five against Texas ... After 24 games played, CU is ahead of last year's pace from the 3-point arc, 176 (this year) to 150 last season ... CU has 75 3-pointers in the last seven games (10.7); 65 in its last six Big 12 games (10.8) ... CU's an impressive 35-8 (.814) at home during the last three seasons at the CECC (9-4 this season), however 8-19 over the last three seasons in conference road games ... 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) ... CU recorded a school record 17 treys vs. Oklahoma State breaking the mark set in 2001. OSU/CU combined what is believed a conference record for two teams (30) ... CU ranks 11 nationally in blocked shots (5.9).

SCOUTING THE TIGERS - Missouri is peaking at the right time having won its last three in a row (by an average of 4.3 points) and improving to 5-7 in the Big 12. Also, the Tigers are 4-2 at home in conference play and are led by Linas Kleiza (15.5 ppg.) and Jason Conley (10.2 ppg.). Tonight's match up with CU is critical for both with Missouri and Texas A&M holding a one game lead over CU and Nebraska in the conference standings.

LAST TIME vs. MIZZOU - Richard Roby sank a 3-pointer with 21 seconds left to lift CU to a 64-62 win over Missouri back on Jan. 26. Seconds later, Jason Horton of Missouri had a good look at a 3-pointer that would have given the Tigers the lead, but he missed. Roby led the Buffaloes with 15 points while Chris Copeland recorded his then-fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds (game story and box, page 32).

CU vs. MISSOURI - Mizzou has dominated the overall series holding an 88-52 advantage including a 49-11 edge in Columbia. In fact, CU has not won in Columbia since Jan. 7, 1997 (87-78), that's seven straight at the Hearnes Center. Tonight's game is the first at the newly constructed Mizzou Arena. Since Coach Patton took the reigns at CU, he is 8-10 overall against Mizzou, 1-7 in Columbia.

LAST TIME OUT - Antoine Wright matched a career-high with 32 points and Joseph Jones added 16 points as Texas A&M won its first Big 12 Conference road game by beating Colorado 92-77 Saturday. Richard Roby a high school teammate at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass. scored managed 21 points and Andy Osborn had 16 points with four 3-pointers (game story and box, page 35).

HAND OF GIVING - Marcus Hall leads CU with 106 assists this season adding to his 45 from last year. Entering today's game, the Houston Texas native ranks fourth among CU sophomores in season assists. He trails Jay Humphries by 10 assists for third place (116).

NO DEFENSE HERE - Texas A&M become the second team this season to net over 50 points with 51 (22-for-31, 71.0%) in the first half against CU. The other was Oklahoma State with 52 (19-for-32, 59.4%). CU achieved the feat once with 50 against the Cowboys (19-for-31, 61.3%).

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."

ACADEMIC SUCCESS - Junior walk-on Billy Boidock is the lone men's basketball recognized in the latest CU student-athlete academic highlights from last semester. A mechanical engineering major, Boidock ranks 10th among CU student-athletes in cumulative grade point average (3.738). Boidock saw his only action on Monday against South Dakota State and scored four points with two steals in five minutes of work.

3's IN THE BIG 12 ONLY - Richard Roby is the highest CU player ranked among the conference elite players. Roby ranks tied for second overall in 3-pointers made (2.83), while Chris Copeland is tied for 11th (1.83). In trey percentage, Roby is sixth (.386). As a team, the Buffs lead Oklahoma State in 3-pointers made in conference-only games 96 (8.3) to 96 (8.0), respectively.

CONFERENCE MARK TO FALL - CU's amazing 3-point assault after 24 games has the CU conference record for treys in sight, 114 set in 2003-04. As of today CU has 99 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 season, CU totaled 150 3-pointers after 24 games. This year, the 2004-05 Buffs have 176!!!

3-Pointers Made

1. 1998-99 218

2. 2001-02 192

3. 2003-04 188

4. 2000-01 186

5. 1990-91 180

2004-05 176

3-POINT MACHINE - CU has made 75 3-pointers (10.7) in its last seven games (185 attempts) with an average of .405. During the 3-point explosion, Richard Roby has made 23 treys, followed by Andy Osborn (19), Chris Copeland (15), and Marcus Hall (12).