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CU/CSU Renew Annual Hoops Match Up Monday Night

Nov 20, 2005

THE GAME: Colorado takes a five-game winning streak over their in-state rival into Fort Collins to play Colorado State, Monday, Nov. 21, 8 p.m. on Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain (FSN RM). The Buffs five-game winning streak ties the most wins over the Rams consecutively in 26 years, since winning five straight from 1979-1983. Two of the five victories in the current streak are wins at CSU by an average margin of 5.6 points, at home it's 16.6 over three games. CU is 34-24 all-time at Fort Collins since 1907, while Coach Patton teams are 7-3 with losses coming in 1999-2000 (79-57), 1998-99 NIT (86-76), and 1997-98 (91-68) - all at Moby Arena.

LAST GAME: Chris Copeland's 20 points led CU past UNC Wilmington 73-54 Friday night, the Seahawks' first loss after three impressive wins in the Black Coaches Association Tournament. Buffs coach Ricardo Patton improved to 10-0 in season openers. Richard Roby added 14 points, Jayson Obazuaye had 12 and Andy Osborn finished with 10. T.J. Carter's 12 points led the Seahawks (3-1).

COMING NEXT: CU is one of four teams to play at the Pepsi Center on Saturday, Nov. 26. CU will play 2004-05 NCAA Tournament participant Saint Mary's from the West Coast Conference. The first game will be Denver/Colorado State at 6 p.m. Both games will be seen on FSN RM.

This and That Tidbits: In the win over UNC Wilmington, CU collected 17 steals, the second most in school history for a non-conference game, tying four other times ...Four players scored 10 or more points against UNCW, the last time that happened was against Oklahoma State in the 2004-05 Big 12 Tournament (Mar. 11) ... With 10 seniors, eight senior scholarships, CU has the most nationally ... The CU men resemble what a box of Total cereal looks like, they return 100% of their scoring, 100% rebounding, 100% blocked shots, 100% of everything from a year ago with the exception of the Fall semester with Julius Ashby ineligible, he could return Dec. 31 or Jan. 3 ... The men look to break their 2004-05 school record of 223 3-pointers ... Richard Roby scored 480 points during his freshman season, the most of any frosh since Chauncey Billups (465) ... On pages 4 and 5, a handful of CU players are moving upward on career school lists ... Seniors Chris Copeland, Glean Eddy, Antoine McGee, and Jayson Obazuaye close out their final year in 2005-06. It's also the first senior class under Head Coach Ricardo Patton that four players will have played their freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years at CU ... Four-year walk-on Billy Boidock (a mechanical engineering major with an influence in alternative energy and energy management) is taking 19 credit hours during the fall semester ... Patton enters his 10th season with the Buffaloes and ranks second all-time on the school's all-time victories list with 157. He is joined this year by third-year assistant coach Paul Graham (North Texas State '74) and first year coaches, John Anderson (Stillman College '80) and Mike Frink (Colorado '67) ... Frink, who played basketball at CU from 1963-65, is the only former player to be named as an assistant coach in the school's 104-year history ... Director of Basketball Operations Will Smith is in his second year with the Buffs, was Patton's first-ever recruit (1996-2000) ... Smith and former CU Buffs player Bob Bauers (1965-67) are tied at No. 52 on the school's all-time scoring list with 721 points. What makes this ironic, Bauers was Smith's scholarship donor when Smith played.

"LS" INITIALS: If you notice the "LS" initials on each of the CU player uniforms that's in memory of senior walk-on Scott Senger's mother, Linda, who died of cancer this past July. Scott played at nearby Monarch High School where set the school record for 3-pointers made in a season and most scored.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Tonight happens to be the lone game in CU's history on Nov. 21. Back in 2003, the Buffs won at Northwestern, 67-56 behind 21 points from Michel Morandais and 16 points from Blair Wilson. That season, CU finished with a NIY berth and an 18-11 record.

BUFFS PICKED 9TH: The Big 12 coaches are predicting the Buffs will be a ninth place team in 2005-06. Last season the conference coaches predicted a 10th place finish and were almost correct as CU finished 11th.

In its conference history, CU has finished in second place (once), fourth (one), fifth (once), seventh (once), ninth (three times) and 10th (once). Below is the history of the Big 12 coaches' predictions and the Buffs actual finish:

1996-97: No Poll done this season (CU finished 2nd)

1997-98: 9th (CU finished 9th)

1998-99: 10th (CU finished 8th)

1999-00: 8th (CU finished 7th)

2000-01: 7th (CU finished 9th)

2001-02: 7th (CU finished 9th)

2002-03: 9th (CU finished t5th)

2003-04: 6th (CU finished 4th)

2004-05: 10th (CU was 11th)

2005-06: 9th (CU ??)

2005-06 Big 12 Coaches Predictions

1. Texas (10) 120

2. Oklahoma (2) 112

3. Kansas 89

4. Oklahoma State 84

5. Texas Tech 80

6. Iowa State 70

7. Texas A&M 68

8. Missouri 48

9. Colorado 43

10. Nebraska 40

11. Kansas State 25

12. Baylor 13

tough non-conference? Do you think CU has an easy non-conference schedule this year, or perhaps it's difficult? In fact, CU ranks smack dab in the middle based on their opponents record last season. Remember, Baylor is not playing a non-conference schedule this season due to NCAA infractions. Texas A&M has the easiest, followed by Nebraska and so on ...

Big 12 Conference non-conference schedule

1) Texas A&M 0.417

2) Nebraska 0.433

3) Kansas State 0.456

4) Texas Tech 0.504

5) Texas 0.514

6) Colorado 0.523

7) Iowa State 0.534

8) Oklahoma 0.566

9) Kansas 0.574

10) Oklahoma State 0.581

11) Missouri 0.599

WHO'S ON THE SCHEDULE: The 2005-06 basketball schedule features nine schools that made the NCAA Tournament a year ago, while two earned NIT berths.

Oklahoma State 23-7 NCAA Sweet 16

Texas Tech 22-11 NCAA Sweet 16

Utah 29-6 NCAA Sweet 16

Iowa State 19-12 NCAA 2nd Rd.

Oklahoma 25-8 NCAA 2nd Rd.

Kansas 23-7 NCAA 1st Rd.

Penn 20-9 NCAA 1st Rd.

Saint Mary's 25-9 NCAA 1st Rd.

Texas 20-11 NCAA 1st Rd.

Missouri 16-17 NIT 1st Rd.

TCU 21-14 NIT Qtrs.

BUFFS ON TV: CU's on the tube 16 times this season with seven of those games in Boulder. The first two games will be broadcast on Fox Sports Rocky Mountain, Monday, Nov. 21 at Colorado State (8 p.m.), and at Pepsi Center versus Saint Mary's in the second game of the Colorado Classic featuring Denver and Colorado State.