Skip to main content

MBB Opens Big 12 Conference Play at Texas Saturday

Jan 5, 2006

TODAY (Saturday, January 7, 2:01 p.m. (mnt.): Colorado enters the today's matinee 10-1 and on a nine-game winning streak. The 10-1 start matches the 1978-79 (26 years ago) and the 1968-69 seasons (37 years ago) when the Buffaloes began 10-1. The last consecutive win streak of 10 or more was 12-straight in 1961-62.


Television: ESPN Regional (Altitude Sports & Entertainment, Comcast Cable (Denver/Boulder) with announcers Bob Carpenter (p-b-p), Paul Splittorff (analyst). The game can also be heard on the radio 760-AM with Mark Johnson (p-b-p) and Charles Johnson (analyst).


CU vs. TEXAS: Since the series began in 1967, the Buffaloes and the Longhorns (11-2) are tied at eight. CU performed a rare feat last season sweeping Texas, once in Boulder (Feb. 8, 88-79) and then at the Big 12 Tournament in Dallas (Mar. 10, 81-69), In the second game, the Buffs became the first No. 11 seed to defeat a No. 6 in the opening round. CU is 5-2 in Boulder, however they are 2-4 in Austin (three-straight losses) and have not won at the Texas capital since Feb. 28, 1998 (81-64).


SCOUTING THE LONGHORNS: Texas has won three straight games after dropping a pair consecutively to Duke (97-66) and to Tennessee (95-78). Prior to their two-game collapse, UT had won eight straight. Head Coach Rick Barnes enters his eighth season in Austin (171-71).


BIG 12 OPENER: The Buffaloes have rolled through their non-conference schedule outscoring their opposition by a 23.3 margin. CU has lost eight straight conference openers and 0-3 on the road. The lone win was Nebraska in 1996-97.BIG 12 OPENERS...

Jan. 07, 2006 at Texas ??

Jan. 08, 2005 at Oklahoma L, 55-85

Jan. 05, 2004 KANSAS L, 62-77

Jan. 11, 2003 at Oklahoma L, 54-69

Jan. 05, 2002 KANSAS L, 85-97

Jan. 06, 2001 at Baylor L, 56-61

Jan. 08, 2000 KANSAS L, 69-84

Jan. 02, 1999 TEXAS L, 68-73

Jan. 03, 1998 OKLAHOMA L, 68-69

Jan. 04, 1997 NEBRASKA W, 79-73

vs.Texas LAST YEAR: Against the Longhorns in the Big 12 Tournament, sophomore Richard Roby led all players on both teams in minutes (36), points (17), rebounds (10), blocks (2) and steals (3). Earlier in the year, Roby posted 22 points and nine rebounds for the Buffs in a 89-79 victory in Boulder.

    other notes: Roby is one of three Buffs to reach double figures against the Longhorns in both meetings last year. Senior Andy Osborn scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the first meeting and contributed 13 points and seven rebounds in the tournament. Junior Marcus Hall scored 17 points in the first bout and added 17 points and a game-high five assists in the tourney.

    Senior Julius Ashby was an efficient 4-of-7 from the field and 6-of-7 from the stripe for 14 points against Texas in the tournament. He was just getting warmed up, however, as he unleashed his hot hand against Oklahoma State in the next round, setting a Big 12 Tournament record by connecting on 9-of-10 shots. His two-game total was 16.5 points, seven rebounds, 13-of-20 from the field (.650), including a tournament record from the field 9-of-10 shooting against the Cowboys.

#33 RETURNS: Julius Ashby, CU's 6'9" senior forward from Trinidad & Tobago has officially returned to the lineup after being academically ineligible for the fall semester. In his last three games, Ashby is averaging 9.3 points, 6.3 rebounds against three stellar non-conference opponents (Mercer, Dartmouth, SSU) in his return after being academically ineligible from the fall 2005 semester.

BUFF TIDBITS: Over the last three games, the CU starters have averaged 54.7 points per game combined, while the bench has averaged 50.7 points...Overall, the Buffs' bench has accounted for roughly a third (34.0%) of CU's total points...The Buffs have only fallen behind by a double-digit margin once. It came against Penn when CU fell behind 33-23 with 5:43 left in the first half. They went on to knot up the score 37-37 at halftime before eventually winning by 18...The Buffs have failed to open up a double-digit lead against an opponent only once, as CU's largest lead against Colorado State was nine...Production from the CU frontcourt and backcourt have been relatively equal. After 11 games, the frontcourt has produced 51.6% of the offense, while the backcourt has produced 48.4% of the offense. Though CU's roster consists of 10 seniors, they account for just over half (58.3%) of the Buffs' points. The quartet of ?middleclassmen,' juniors Marcus Hall and Dominique Coleman, and sophomores Richard Roby and Marcus King-Stockton contribute 38.6% of CU's points. The remaining 3.4% has come from the Buffs' three freshmen...Over the last four games, the Buffs have led for 158:14 of the possible 160 minutes; over the last five games the Buffs have led for 195:16 of the possible 200 minutes. During the course of the season, CU has led for an average of 34:37 minutes (86% of the time). Only twice (CSU and Penn) has CU trailed for over 25% of the game?they trailed for 10:13 in each game.

TOP SENIOR CLASSES during non-conference seasons: This year's senior class ranks second all-time when it comes to non-conference wins and losses season. The Class of 1981 ranks first with an .810 percentage, while this year's class is .809 (38 wins).

1) Class of 1981 34-8 .810 (Jo Jo Hunter, Joe Cooper)

2) Class of 2006 38-9 .809

3) Class of 2003 38-11 .776(Stephane Pelle, James Wright)

4) Class of 2004 37-11 .771 (Michel Morandais, Blair Wilson)

5) Class of 2002 37-12 .755 (D.J. Harrison, Nick Mohr)

MORE TIDBITS: The last time CU defeated a ranked team on the road was Jan. 11, 1997 at Texas Tech, 80-78. Since then, they are 0-21 on the road against ranked schools ... Entering today's game, CU represents the top in a variety of conference categories: Marcus Hall in assist/turnover ratio (2.56), scoring offense (87.6), scoring margin (+23.3), assists (19.4), steals (11.7), assist/turnover ratio (1.3), and 3-point field goals made (8.3) ... CU's 67 first half points against Savannah State (Jan. 3) set a school record for most points in the first half as well as their margin of victory over the Tigers (64 points) ... The Buffaloes 51-point halftime lead bettered the 36-point halftime advantage against Mercer for the most points scored ... With the return of Julius Ashby to the team after being academically ineligible for the fall semester, the Buffaloes 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 ... The 116-52 romp over Savannah State produced a CU record seven players in double figures, incredibly one of the players wasn't Richard Roby (six points) ... Marcus Hall keeps moving up the schools assists chart at 17th (217) ... Jayson Obazuaye is averaging 13.8 in his last five games ... Roby is 66th in all-time scoring (655 pts. with a 16.0 ppg.) ... CU has made a 3-pointer in 111-straight games (last time CU they didn't was Jan. 16, 2002, Iowa State, W, 63-61) ... CU is 7-0 in Boulder this year and improved their home winning streak to 16-straight non-conference wins since Jan. 8, 2004 ... The current senior class improved to 25-3 (.893) in non-conference games played at the Events Center ... The Buffaloes tied a season-high 12 3-pointers against Savannah State (91 this year, 239 attempts) staying ahead of last year's 3-point record pace of 223 treys made. After 11 games last year they were 67-of-181 from the arc.

LIFE BEFORE PLAYING CUPCAKES: With all due respect to Mercer (Dec. 22), Dartmouth (Dec. 31), and Savannah State (Jan. 3), a trio of teams at the bottom of the competitive barrel, CU sophomore Richard Roby has suffered the most in terms of statistical improvement. Before Mercer, Roby averaged 18.5 points per game, today he's averaging 15.9. In those three games, Roby has averaged nine points and four rebounds per game.

TOP 25 RANKINGS...almost: Hey, we're getting votes, six in the latest Associated Press and 40 in the ESPN/USA Today poll (week nine). The last time the Buffs were ranked in either poll came in 1997 at No. 24 (Associated Press). The others were 1969 (#18), 1963 (#10), 1962 (#9) and 1955 (#15).

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Despite being 1-8 in Big 12 conference openers, CU is very successful on this date in its history. The Buffs bring a 12-6 record having last played in 2003 (Colorado State, 93-72. CU is 6-1 at home and 6-5 on the road.

MORE BUFF INDIVIDUAL Tidbits: Richard Roby failed to make a 3-pointers against SSU, ending his streak of 30 games going back to last season ... Andy Osborn has made at least one 3-pointer in his last eight games ... Holding Savannah State under 70 points improved CU's record to 7-0 in this category ... Chris Copeland has cracked the CU all-time rebounding list. Copeland has 330 for 52nd; Glean Eddy has 360, 42nd all-time ... CU has out-rebounded all their opponents this year ... Roby collected his third career double-double versus Utah (19 pts., 10 rebs.) ... Osborn collected his second career double-double at CU, 17 pts., 10 rebounds against Cal Poly (four at Loyola Marymount) ... ... Scott Senger grabbed a career-best five rebounds (four offensive) against Saint Mary's ... Roby scored 480 points during his freshman season, the most of any frosh in its history, including Chauncey Billups (465) ... On page 9, 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.