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MBB Ready To Take On Texas At Big 12 Tournament

Mar 9, 2005

Buff Bits (complete notes located under game notes option) ... Richard Roby has done it all for CU with 432 points, the second best of any CU freshman ... All-Big 12 Coaches honorable mention; All-America honorable mention ... Leads CU in scoring (15.8), starts (28), single game high (30), FGs made (155), attempts (351), 3-pointers made (60), attempts (162), free throws made (72), steals (44), minutes played (850, 30.4); Second in rebounding (130), defensive rebounding (97), assists (52); third in blocks (21), rebounding (4.6) ... Only the fourth CU player to net seven or more 3-pointers in a game, twice (Stevie Wise, Blair Wilson, Kenny Price) ... 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 ... Thirteen times Roby has scored 15 points or more; seven times 20+; 30+ once ... 28 starts with 25 games with 10 or points ... Jayson Obazuaye is averaging 13.8 points and 6 FGs made in his last four games ... In the last 10 games - all starts, Andy Osborn is averaging 11.1 ppg., 5.0 rpg., with 25 3-pointers, second in points and treys (behind Roby's 18.1 ppg., 30 treys) ... Since his return from injury (Jan. 19), Julius Ashby has not scored over double-digits in the last 13 games ... Marcus King-Stockton tallied his best collegiate game in home finale against Iowa State with nine points, seven rebounds ... Marcus Hall has a team-best 116 assists (4.3) and ranks 31st all-time after two seasons in assists (161, 2.9) ... Roby (18-of-20, .900) and Hall (22-of-27, .815) are the team's best FT shooters with under 2 minutes to play ... Osborn has led CU in scoring (13.0) in the last two games and from the three-point arc (6 total).

(No. 11) Colorado (13-15, 4-12 Big 12)

vs. (No. 6) Texas (20-9, 9-7 Big 12)

Thursday, March 10, 2005, 7:20 p.m. (MST.)

Arena: Kemper Arena (18,278)

Television: ESPN Plus/ESPNU (KWHD, Denver)

Announcers: Fred White (P-by-P), Paul Splittorff (analyst)

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


BUFF BITS (part II) ... TEAM: CU wrapped up the Big 12 season with six straight losses, same as the 2000-01 campaign

- 12 conferences losses are a first since 1993-94

- CU went 9-6 at home, the most losses since 1995-96 (8-8)

- Average margin of victory of four Big 12 wins is 5.8 points, while 11 losses are 13.3

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

- CU has used 13 different starting lineups ...

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

- This current junior class is 3-3 on neutral courts

- CU has broken the school record in conference 3-pointers (129). Previous was 114 in 2003-04 ... The Buffs have 206 made 3-pointers, school record is 218 set in 1998-99 ...

- In the last two seasons, this year's team (.629) and last year's (.621) are the worst free throw shooting teams at CU since 1970-71

- CU lost six home games, the most at the Coors Events Center since losing eight in 1995-96

- CU ranks first in blocks (5.5 all games and 5.0 - Big 12-only final stats)

- Five 3-pointers made at Nebraska, is 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)Team Leaders: Roby (15.8 ppg.), steals (1.6), 3-pointers made (60); Ashby (6.0 rpg.), Copeland FG percentage (.452), blocked shots (1.3); Hall in assists (4.3)

CU AS THE 11th SEED - The 2005 Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament is the first time a CU team has been seeded this low. The Buffaloes are 4-2 in first round games, however are 4-8 overall since 1996-97. In Big 12 conference post-season play the 11th seed has never defeated the sixth seed (average defeat is 15.3 points.). In fact, only the No. 10 seed has advanced to the next round (Missouri in ?96-97 and Texas in ?97-98, both reaching the semifinals; Kansas State in the 2000-01 quarterfinals). CU's Big 12 history on page 6.

SCOUTING THE LONGHORNS - Since Texas lost at Boulder back on Feb. 8, the Longhorns have won five of seven games. During that span Brad Buckman has led UT in scoring three times, followed by Daniel Gibson, twice and Kenny Taylor, once. Average margin of victory is 13.2 points and as a team, Texas is scoring 72.4 during those five wins.

CU vs. TEXAS - Texas leads the all-time series, 8-7 since 1967. Since the Big 12 formed in 1996-97, the Longhorns hold a 7-4 advantage, including a pair of quarterfinal wins at the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City. In 1998-99, UT won 82-76, and a crushing 78-35 game in 1999-2000.

LAST TIME OUT - Curtis Stinson scored 14 of his 22 points in the second half and had seven assists as Iowa State defeated CU, 78-73. Will Blalock and Tasheed Carr added 20 points each for Iowa State. The Cyclones shot 56 percent in the second half after a dismal first half to win their second straight game. ISU also created 18 CU turnovers and collected 15 steals. Andy Osborn had 14 points on four 3-pointers for CU leading four others in double digits. The Buffaloes ended

the regular season with a six-game conference losing streak, their longest since ending the 2000-01 season with six straight losses.

LAST TIME vs. TEXAS (Feb. 8) - Richard Roby scored 22 points, Marcus Hall added 17 and Colorado withstood a big second-half run by then-No. 23 Texas to beat the short-handed Longhorns 88-79. CU committed a season Big 12 low five turnovers, it's lowest against a conference opponent since Feb. 22, 2003 (Missouri). Andy Osborn had 14 points and grabbed 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.

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. 6).

Northern Division: 3-2

Southern Division: 1-6

CU vs. The Big 12 Tournament

Iowa State 1-0

Nebraska 1-0

Texas A&M 1-0

Kansas State 1-1

Baylor 0-1

Kansas 0-1

Texas Tech 0-1

Oklahoma 0-2

Texas 0-2

FIRST FOR EVERTHING - The conference coaches predicted CU to finish 10th overall in this season's standings. Well, how about 11th? This season was a first for a Patton coached team in his nine full years. Since 1996-97, CU has finished in second place (once), fourth (twice), fifth (once), seventh (three times), ninth (once), 11th (once).

HAND OF GIVING - Marcus Hall leads CU with 116 assists adding to his 45 from last year (161, 30th all-time). Entering today's game, the Houston, Texas native ranks third among CU sophomores in seasonal assists.

3-pointer records - CU's amazing 3-point assault after 28 games is slowly moving up the charts. Here's the overall 3-point made and attempts as of today.

3-Pointers Made

1. 1998-99 218

2. 2004-05 206

3. 2001-02 192

4. 2003-04 188

5. 2000-01 186

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 was the highest CU player ranked among the conference elite players. Roby finished ranked tied for second overall in 3-pointers made (2.81), while Andy Osborn was tied for 11th (2.00), and Chris Copeland was 14th (1.56). In trey percentage, Roby was third (.391). Oklahoma State topped CU in 3-pointers made in conference-only games 132 (8.25) to 129 (8.06), respectively.

3-POINT RECORD PENDING - This season CU has launched the 3-point attempt 583 times good enough for second overall in school history. After 28 games, CU is averaging 20.8 attempts, while making seven a game (7.4). In conference play, the Buffs shattered the 2001-02 sum of 297 with 380; and made with 129 compared to the 114 made last year (2003-04).