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MBB Closes Home Regular Season Saturday Against Iowa State

Mar 4, 2005

Richard Roby scored 30 points with seven 3-pointers vs. Kansas State, the most points of a CU freshman since Chauncey Billups in 1995-96 ... Roby become only the fourth CU player to net seven or more 3-pointers in a game, twice (Stevie Wise, Blair Wilson, Kenny Price) ... His 432 points ranks second behind Billups' 465 ... Roby ranks sixth in 3-pt FG%, eighth in in 3-pt. made, ninth in the Big 12 scoring; 10th in steals, 11th in FG%, 12 in FT%, 15th in blocks ... Roby has earned two Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors ... Has led CU in scoring 13 times and seven times on the glass, both categories are team bests ... 13 times Roby has scored 15 points or more; seven times 20+; 30+ once ... Three games failed to net over 10 points (at Utah, at Iowa State, at Missouri) ... Roby is the ninth Big 12 freshman to score 30 or more points in a game ... Roby (18-of-20, .900) and Hall (20-of-25, .800) are the team's best FT shooters with under 2 minutes to play ... In the last nine games-all starts, Andy Osborn is averaging 10.8 ppg., 4.9 rpg., with 21 3-pointers ... Marcus Hall has led CU in assists 19 times (four shared) ... With 115 assists this season, Hall is fourth among CU sophomores (additional season/career chart climbers on page 6) ... Jayson Obazuaye is averaging 14.0 in his last three games ... Since his return from injury (Jan. 19), Julius Ashby has not scored over double-digits in the last 12 games ... Team Leaders: Roby (16.0 ppg.), steals (1.6), 3-pointers made (58); Copeland (5.9 rpg.), FG percentage (.454), blocked shots (1.4); Hall in assists (4.4).

Colorado (13-14, 4-11 Big 12)

vs. Iowa State (16-10, 8-7 Big 12)

Saturday, March 5, 2005, 2:01 p.m. (MST.)

Arena: Coors Events Center (11,064)

Television: ESPN Plus (KWHD, Denver)

Announcers: Dave Armstrong (P-by-P), Matt Doherty (analyst)

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

COMPLETE NOTES located on the web site under game notes




- Average margin of victory of four Big 12 wins is 5.8 points, while 10 losses are 14.1;

- CU has lost five straight conference games for the first time since 2001-02

- CU has won twice at home, a conference low since 2000-01 when they also won twice ...

- CU has used 13 different starting lineups ...

- CU's 11 conference losses are the most since 2001-02 (5-11) and have never finished 9th or lower in the Big 12; this year 10th of 11th

- CU is 6-18 (.250) in the last three seasons in conference road games

- CU has broken the school record in conference 3-pointers (119). Previous was 114 in 2003-04 ... The Buffs stand at 196 3-pointers, school record is 218 set in 1998-99 ...

- In the last two seasons, this year's team (.627) and last year's (.621) are the worst free throw shooting teams at CU since 1970-71

- CU has lost five home games, the most at the Coors Events Center since 1997-98 (11-5) ... The last time more than 5 was eight in 1995-96

- CU ranks first in blocks (5.5 all games and 5.0 - Big 12-only stats; conference offensive rebounds (13.1)

- Five 3-pointers at Nebraska, the fewest made since at Baylor (3)

- When CU scores 20 points in the first half, they're 2-7 (wins at Iowa State, Missouri)

- 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)

SCOUTING THE CYCLONES - Iowa State enters today's matinee winners of its last eight of 10 games and have made themselves a "Bubble Team" with a 16-10 record (8-7 in the Big 12). The Cyclones caught the country's eye upsetting Kansas back on Feb. 19, 63-61 in overtime. As of today, ISU is the No. 5 seed in next week's Big 12 Tournament, however a slip today in Boulder could see these two teams facing off again on March 10 in Kansas City.

CU vs. IOWA STATE - Colorado owns the Cyclones in Boulder holding a 7-1 advantage, including the last three straight. The only blemish is a 71-61 loss in 2000-01. With Mac Mattingly the lone senior being celebrated today on "Senior Day", the Buffs are also 5-3 in home finales. They have won the last two in a row.

LAST TIME OUT - Joe McCray scored 14 of his 21 points in the first half and Nebraska led from start to finish in a 70-55 victory over Colorado on Wednesday night. Andy Osborn led CU with 12 points and Richard Roby added 10. A McCray 3-pointer triggered a 15-0 run over a 3:22 span in the first half by Nebraska. Jason Dourisseau's tip-in ended the run and gave the Huskers a 28-10 lead (complete story and box score on page 37).

LAST TIME vs. IOWA STATE - Andy Osborn hit a 3-pointer with 15.9 seconds left in overtime to give CU the lead and the Buffaloes held on through a frantic finish to beat Iowa State 54-52 Saturday night for their first Big 12 victory. The win was CU's first victory in Ames since Feb. 19, 1991, ending a streak of 13 consecutive losses (complete story and box score on page 31).

HAND OF GIVING - Marcus Hall leads CU with 115 assists this season adding to his 45 from last year (160, 30th all-time). Entering today's game, the Houston Texas native ranks fourth among CU sophomores in season assists. He trails Jay Humphries by one assist for third place (116).

CONFERENCE MARK TO FALL - CU's amazing 3-point assault after 27 games is slowly moving up the charts. In conference play, CU made five treys to break the school mark in a season (119). Here's the overall 3-point made and attempts as of today.

3-Pointers Made

1. 1998-99 218

2. 2004-05 196

3. 2001-02 192

4. 2003-04 188

5. 2000-01 186

CU IN POST-SEASON PLAY - Under head coach Ricardo Patton, the Buffaloes are 4-8 in the Big 12 post-season. In 1998-99, 1999-2000,

2001-02, and 2002-03, CU advanced to the second round and finished 1-1. Last season, was the highest a CU team was seeded since being No. 3

(11-5) back in 1996-97 (CU's history on pg. 8).

CU vs. The Big 12 Tournament

Iowa State 1-0

Nebraska 1-0

Kansas State 1-1

Kansas 0-1

Oklahoma 0-2

Baylor 0-1

Texas 0-2

Texas A&M 1-0

Texas Tech 0-1

ACADEMIC HONORS - Both Scott Senger and Mac Mattingly were named to the 2004-05 Big 12 Academic Second Team. Senger, is a repeat honor from the conference, majors in finance, while Mattingly earns his first (political science).

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 (2.87), while Andy Osborn is 11th (1.86), and Chris Copeland is 14th (1.64). In trey percentage, Roby is fourth (.394). Oklahoma State leads CU in 3-pointers made in conference-only games 125 (8.33) to 119 (7.93), respectively.

3-Point Record Pending - This season CU has launched the 3-point attempt 552 times good enough for second overall. After 27 games, CU is averaging 20.4 attempts, while making just over seven a game (7.3). In conference play, the Buffs have shattered the 2001-02 sum of 297 with 349 and counting.

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.