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MBB Hosts Kansas State In Must Win Saturday

Feb 24, 2005

Colorado (13-12, 4-9 Big 12)

vs. Kansas State (14-10, 4-9)

Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, 2:01 p.m. (MST.)

Arena: Coors Events Center (11,064)

Television: ESPN Plus (KWHD, Denver);

Announcers: Fred White (P-by-P), Matt Doherty (analyst)

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

BUFF BITS ... Richard Roby moved into third place among CU freshmen with 392 points (see chart on pg. 6 ... Roby is averaging 17.6 ppg., with 11 3-pointers and 23-of-24 from the FT line 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 21 treys in his last five games (4.2), including 11 in his last three ... Glean Eddy recorded his second double-double of the season at Mizzou (13 pts., 10 rebs.) ... Marcus Hall dished out a personal-best 10 assists for his first career double-double (11 pts.) against S. 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 (15.7 ppg.) ... Chris Copeland has six of the team's 12 double-doubles. His latest 13 pts., 10 rebs. at Kansas State ... Eddy has 315 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 41 steals is 21st 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 (15.7 ppg.), steals (1.6), 3-pointers made (50); Ashby (6.1 rpg.); Copeland in FG percentage (.458), blocked shots (1.5); Hall in assists (4.4).

BUFF BITS (part II)

TEAM: CU's RPI ratings (as of Thursday): rpiratings.com 47; NBC Sports: 76; ESPN InsideRPI  88  (Strength of schedule 30); realtimerpi.com: 79; teamrankings.com: 92 ... Average margin of victory in four Big 12 wins is 5.8 points, while nine losses are 15.3 ; CU has lost three straight Big 12 games and five of its last seven ... CU has used 12 different starting lineups ... With 181 made 3-pointers and 510 attempts, both stats have cracked the top-5 in school history ... In Big 12-only stats, CU ranks first in blocks (5.5), offensive rebounds (13.9), and 3-pointers made (8.3) ... Averaging 14.4 turnovers a game, CU committed a conference low five against Texas ... After 25 games played, CU is ahead of last year's pace from the 3-point arc, 181 (this year) to 153 last season ... CU has 80 3-pointers in the last eight games (10.0); 70 in its last seven Big 12 games (10.0) ... CU's an impressive 35-8 (.814) at home during the last three seasons at the CECC (9-4 this season), however 8-20 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 10 nationally in blocked shots (5.9).

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS - Kansas State enters today's matinee with a 4-9 record in Big 12 play, having lost six of their last seven. The Wildcats are coming off an 80-69 home win on Wednesday against Baylor with three of their four victories coming in Manhattan. As of today, both CU and K-State have identical 4-9 records in Big 12 play and are the No. 10 and 11th seed, respectively if the season ended today. Jeremiah Massey is tied for sixth in overall conference scoring (17.2 ppg.) leading two others, Fred Peete (13.6) and Cartier Martin (10.9).

CU vs. KANSAS STATE - The Wildcats have dominated the series against CU since 1934 (87-43). However in recent memory, Coach Patton teams are 14-6 against today's opponent including the last four wins in a row, including a season sweep of the Wildcats last season. In Boulder, Patton is 7-1 (lone loss Mar. 3, 2001, 72-67) including last year's 82-81 thriller with Jayson Obazuaye's driving lay up with 3.6 seconds left.

LAST TIME vs. K-STATE - Richard Roby scored 22 points and Marcus Hall had 17 to lead CU to a 70-60 win over K-State back on Feb. 5. The Buffaloes led 58-49 with 4:07 to go, but Kansas State clawed to within 61-56 on an inside bucket by Jeremiah Massey with 2:51 remaining. That was all the closer Kansas State got, though, as the Wildcats' poor second-half shooting continued in the game's waning moments and CU took advantage at the free throw line. Chris Copeland added 13 points and 10 rebounds (game story and box, page 33).

LAST TIME OUT - Jason Horton made three straight 3-pointers midway through the second half Tuesday, helping Missouri blow open a close game and beat Colorado 63-54. Horton scored 14 points - all of them in the second half. Jayson Obazuaye had 16 points and Glean Eddy 13 points and 10 rebounds for his second career double-double for CU. Richard Roby, Colorado's leading scorer with 16 points per game, scored nine points before fouling out with 4:12 to play. Missouri has followed a five-game losing streak with a four-game winning streak (box score/full story on page 37).

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%).

CU'S 1954-55 FINAL FOUR TEAM TO CELEBRATE 50TH REUNION SATURDAY

Fifty years ago next month, the University of Colorado men's basketball coach made its last appearance in the NCAA Final Four. This Saturday (February 26), twenty-five people associated with that team will reunite for a weekend of festivities around the CU-Kansas State game.

Head coach H.B. "Bebe" Lee, now 88, headlines the returning contingent of coaches, players and support personnel.

The team posted a 19-6 record, going 15-1 after a 3-4 start to win the Big Seven Conference title and reach the NCAA Final Four, where the Buffs lost to the legendary Bill Russell and the San Francisco Dons, 62-50, in the semifinals. Colorado came back and routed Iowa, 75-54, in the third place game.

Colorado was 11-1 in the Big Seven that year, and defeated Tulsa and Bradley en route to the Final Four.

The leading scorers from that team, Burdette "Burdie" Haldorson (21.0 points per game) and Bob Jeangerard (16.0), both of whom went on to play for the United States Olympic team in winning three gold medals between them, are two of 18 varsity players returning for the reunion.

Haldorson, who also averaged 13.8 rebounds per game, still the CU single-season record, earned All-America honors that year. He won gold medals in both the 1956 and 1960 summer games; Jeangerard, who was also an All-Big Seven selection that year, teamed with him in '56 to win the gold.

Joining Haldorson and Jeangerard will be team members Byron Bennett, Mel Coffman, Bob Decker, George Hannah, Tom Harrold, Leo Hayward, Bob Helzer, Jim Jochems, Gordon Johnson, Charlie Mock, Dave Mowbray, Bill Peterson, George Redhair, Jerry Spicer, Will Walter and Bob Yardley.

Others returning include freshman team members Joe Beckner, Jerry Schroeder and Don Walker, trainers Jack Rockwell and Lloyd Williams, and manager John Roberts.

The group will gather for a reception in Boulder on Friday night, with a pregame party set for Noon Saturday at the Coors Events Center. At halftime of the CU-Kansas State game, which tips off at 2 p.m., the entire team will be introduced. The festivities conclude with a private dinner Saturday evening.

CU Opponents this season - The following are the opponents with overall record, conference record and place from this season:

Non-Conference:

College of Charleston:16-9 (8-6) (3rd South-t)

Michigan: 12-15 (3-10) (9th)

Northwestern: 13-12 (5-7) (7th)

Oregon State: 14-11 (6-8) (6th)

California: 12-12 (5-9) (7th-t)

Colorado State: 10-15 (2-10) (8th)

UMKC: 15-9 (11-2) (1st)

Radford: 10-15 (5-9) (8th)

Gardner-Webb: 15-10 (12-6) (1st)

Utah: 23-4 (11-1) (1st)

Richmond: 11-13 (6-7) (4th West)

South Dakota State: 9-18

Big 12:

Oklahoma: 20-6 (9-4) (3rd-t)

Nebraska: 12-12 (5-8) (9th)

Kansas: 20-4 (10-3) (1st-t)

Baylor: 9-14 (1-11) (12th)

Iowa State: 15-9 (7-6) (5th-t)

Missouri: 14-13 (6-7) (7th-t)

Oklahoma State: 20-4 (10-3) (1st-t)

Texas Tech: 17-7 (9-4) (3rd-t)

Kansas State: 14-10 (4-9) (11th)

Texas: 18-8 (7-6) (5th-t)

Texas A&M: 17-7 (6-7) (7th-t)

CONFERENCE MARK TO FALL - CU's amazing 3-point assault after 25 games has the CU conference record for treys in sight, 114 set in 2003-04. As of today CU has 104 3-pointers. What's more amazing, CU has bettered 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 153 3-pointers after 25 games. This year, the 2004-05 Buffs have 181!!!

3-Pointers Made

1. 1998-99 218

2. 2001-02 192

3. 2003-04 188

4. 2000-01 186

5. 2004-05 181

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 (2.69), while Chris Copeland is tied for 11th (1.83). In trey percentage, Roby is sixth (.380). As a team, Oklahoma State leads CU in 3-pointers made in conference-only games 107 (8.23) to 104 (8.0), respectively.