MBB Takes on Baylor at Big 12 Tournament
CU vs. BAYLOR: Colorado leads the head-to-head series with the Bears, 12-5 including an 81-48 win back on Jan. 18 in Boulder. Since the two schools starting playing in the Big 12 Conference, the Buffaloes hold an 8-3 advantage (4-0 in Boulder; 3-2 in Waco; 0-1 neutral). Baylor's lone victory against CU on a neutral court happened at the 2000-01 conference tournament in Kansas City (86-84, overtime). Ironically, it's the last time CU lost in the first round of the tournament. Also, BU's lone conference victory last season came against the Buffs (Jan. 19, 2005, 67-59). COMPLETE NOTES attached below.
Thursday, March 9, 1:00 p.m. (mountain)
Big 12 Basketball Championship/Dallas,Texas
Arena: American Airlines Center (20,467)
Television: ESPN U, Altitude Sports & Entertainment (Denver)
Announcers: Fred White, Reid Gettys; KKZN Radio 760-AM: Mark Johnson, Charles Johnson.
QUICKLY ON THE BEARS: Baylor has won two of their last three and are coming off a three-point loss at Oklahoma State. Three of BU's losses in conference play are an average of three points. Baylor will be attempting to be the first school as the No. 12 to knock of a No. 5 team. The last time a low seed upset a high seed was last year when No. 11 Colorado defeated No. 6 Texas in Kansas City.
BUFF TIDBITS: Richard Roby has scored 480 points in each of his two seasons and ranks 26th on the CU all-time scoring list with 960 pts. (16.8 ppg., 57 games)...Roby holds the top-six of CU's scoring games (33, 30, 29, 28, 27, 24)...Glean Eddy is averaging 9.0 ppg. and is 10-of-12 from the FT line in his last three games...In the last 10 games, Roby (16.5 ppg., 6.0 rpg.), Chris Copeland (11.5 ppg., 5.7 rpg.), Marcus Hall (10.4 ppg., 4.4 apg.)...Roby has two of CU's three double-doubles (Texas Tech, Utah); Andy Osborn has the other (Cal Poly)...Copeland nearly recorded his first double of the season (18 pts. 9 reb.) against ISU on March 4...TEAM: CU broke the school 3-point record of 223 set last year with five made against ISU. CU has 227 and counting...CU tied a home best 14-1 record (2002-03 season) in their win over Iowa State on Senior Night...CU made 10 or more 3-pointers in six of their first eight Big 12 games, in their last eight only once (11 at NU)...If CU beats Baylor, they will have 20 wins, only the fourth time that has happened in school history, Coach Patton will own three of them...CU will be playing their second neutral court game of the season, the other was Nov. 26...In the last 10 games, CU is 5-5 (five home wins, five road losses) and have been outscored 75.3-71.9 ppg....CU made a season-high 25 free throws vs. Iowa State.
First Team All-Big 12: Richard Roby earned his highest honor as a Buffalo being named to the 2005-06 All-Big 12 First Team. Roby is just the fourth CU player to garner Big 12 Conference first team honors since David Harrison during the 2003-04 season (Jaquay Walls, 1999-2000; Chauncey Billups, 1996-97).
Roby, a 6-6 guard from San Bernardino, Calif., leads the Buffaloes in numerous categories including points per game (17.8), rebounds (5.6), assists (2.7), steals (2.2), and 3-pointers made (61). He has scored 480 points in each of his two seasons and ranks 26th on the CU all-time scoring list with 960 pts. (16.8 ppg., 57 games). Roby also holds the top-six of CU's scoring games (33, 30, 29, 28, 27, 24) this season.
LAST TIME vs. the bears: Richard Roby scored 21 points and Chris Copeland added 17 on four 3-pointers as CU dealt BU its then-17th consecutive, 81-48. Andy Osborn had 12 points for CU. Roby was 8-for-17 shooting, two 3-pointers to go with seven rebounds. Henry Dugat led Baylor with 10 points. Baylor never appeared to be in sync in shooting 25 percent for the game and finishing 10-for-19 at the free throw line.
CONFERENCE LEADERS: Marcus Hall remains first in assist-turnover ratio (2.24) for all games played; in conference-only games, Hall finished fourth overall (2.06). As for the team in all games played, the Buffaloes are first in scoring (78.2), rebounds (41.3), blocks (5.85), offensive rebounds (15.9) and 3-pointers made (8.4). In conference-only games, the Buffs were first in blocks (5.9), offensive rebounds (16.3), 3-pointers made (8.5).
18+ WINNING SEASONs: In CU's 105-year history of basketball, head coach Ricardo Patton has guided the Buffaloes to six of the school's 11, 18-plus winning seasons. With the post-season tournaments ahead, CU has a chance for their fourth 20-plus winning season (third under Patton).
Short list of team accolades: CU's upset of No. 19 Oklahoma in front of a nationally televised audience back on Feb. 15 made it the fourth straight season CU has defeated a nationally ranked opponent a home.
CU was ranked for two weeks as the No. 25 school in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll at the end of January, beginning of Feb. The back-to-back weekly rankings were a team-first since the 1996-97 season.
This season, CU has won 19 games, the eighth time in the school's 105-year history this feat was accomplished.
CU matched their best home record for wins in a season with 14 set back in 2002-03 (14-1).
CU has broken the school record for made 3-pointers in a season surpassing last year's mark of 223. Entering the Big 12 Tournament they have 227.
CU started the season 10-1 and during that stretch won nine straight. The 10-1 start matches the 1978-79 season, 26 years ago, and the 1968-69 seasons, 36 years ago.
CU beat Oklahoma State 80-78 back on Jan. 21 for the Buffaloes first win at Gallagher-Iba Arena since Jan. 12, 1980, a stretch of 20 games. CU also hadn't won at Missouri since the 1996-97 season and only the second time in Columbia since Jan. 15, 1973, a span of 32 games.
During the conference play from Jan. 14-Jan. 28, the Buffs won five consecutive conference games for the first time since the 1996-97 season. It was their best start to a conference season since 1996-97. The 5-2 mark is the 14th time CU has started 5-2 or better in league play in 59 years.
ON THE ROAD vs. RANKED SCHOOLS: The last time CU defeated a ranked team on the road was Jan. 11, 1997 at Texas Tech, 80-78. Since then the Buffaloes are 0-23 on the road against ranked schools which includes a loss at Texas earlier this season (Jan. 7) and Kansas (Mar. 1).
FROM THE HOME OFFICE: Here are some interesting facts from Rob Carolla at the conference office:
96 - Big 12 Conference Games Played in 2005-06
47 - Games Decided by 10 Points or less (49.0%)
36 - Games Decided by 5 Points or less (37.5%)
10 - Games Decided By Exactly 3 Points
14 - Games Decided By Exactly 2 Points
9 - Games Decided By Exactly 1 Point
Oklahoma is the first team in Big 12 history (1996-97 to present) to play in four straight one-point games (conference or non-conference). In fact, no squad in Big 12 history has had three consecutive one-point contests.
MOST ONE-POINT GAMES IN A SEASON (1996-97 to present; through March 8)
7 - Oklahoma, 2005-06 (7 league games)
5 - Nebraska, 2000-01 (3 non-league games, 2 league games)
STEPPING UP: Seniors Jayson Obazuaye (15 pts.) and Glean Eddy (11 pts.) notched Big 12 season highs in the home win over Mizzou helping CU rally from their biggest deficit of the season (15 points). It's Eddy's third straight game with scoring double-digits after netting 10 at Nebraska and adding 12 in the home season finale against Iowa State (8-of-9 fom the FT line).
HALL MARK: Marcus Hall dished out a season-high nine assists in just 25 minutes against Missouri?most of them after returning to the game when his left shoulder was dislocated and then popped back into place. With 283 assists in his career, Hall stands in 10th place an CU's all-time career assists list (passing Chauncey Billups, 282). If he dishes out assists at roughly the same rate next season, he has a good chance to move into the top five before his career is finished.
ROBY BITS: A career 74 percent free throw shooter, Richard Roby has been clutch from the line as of late. In his past seven conference games (since Texas A&M), he is a combined 37-of-41 (.902) from the charity stripe. His improved scoring output from the line has helped to offset his shooting slump from behind the three-point arc. In the past seven games (including KU), Roby has shot just 10-of-51 (.196) from the three-point line...on the other end of the court, Roby has continued to reek havoc on opposing ball-handlers. He had five steals against the Tigers?all in the first half. He has recorded two or more swipes in his last six of the eight games (ISU, at KU), and in 16 of 27 overall this season.
BIG 12 LEADERS: Marcus Hall still leads the conference (all games) in assist-turnover ratio (2.29) and is CU's lone leader in any category. In all games played, CU ranks first in scoring (78.5), offensive rebounding (15.9), and 3-pointers made (8.8). In conference-only games, the Buffs are first in 3-pointers made (8.7), blocks (5.8), and offensive rebounding (16.3).
FREE THROWS WHEN IT COUNTS: For most of the season, CU's not very good from the charity stripe (12 - all games, 11th in conference all games). Here's CU at the free throw line with the game on the line with five and two minutes remaining:
With 2-5 minutes to play...
Chris Copeland 5-5 1.000
Marcus Hall 3-3 1.000
Julius Ashby 1-1 1.000
Martane Freeman 14-18 .778
Dominique Coleman 4-6 .667
Richard Roby 9-14 .643
Calvin Williams 3-6 .500
Antoine McGee 1-2 .500
Scott Senger 1-2 .500
Jayson Obazuaye 1-4 .250
Lamont Arrington 0-1 .000
last 2 minutes remaining ...
Glean Eddy 8-10 .800
Andy Osborn 3-4 .750
Marcus Hall 8-11 .727
Chris Copeland 6-9 .667
Dominique Coleman 4-6 .667
Martane Freeman 4-7 .571
Julius Ashby 1-2 .500
Richard Roby 7-15 .467
Calvin Williams 1-3 .333
Jayson Obazuaye 1-4 .250
Richard Roby 0-1 .000
STREAKS, RUNS, TRENDS: Marcus Hall has at least five or more assists in 12 games; two or more steals in 10 games; two of more treys in nine games; and 50 percent of FGs made in nine games. Richard Roby has had seven or more rebounds in 11 games; made 50 percent of his shots in 10 games; three treys made in 10 games; four or more assists (seven games), three or more steals (10 games) and has at least three rebounds in 26 of 27 games (at KSU);
- Andy Osborn has made a three-pointer in his last 21 of 23 games 0-for-5 vs. Mizzou, and 24 of 27 overall;
- Chris Copeland has blocked a shot in 18 of 27 games;
- Marcus King-Stockton has at least one rebound in 25 of 27 games;
- Julius Ashby has at least one rebound in all 19 games he's played in.
4-Point plays: There have been two 4-point plays and one failed attempt at a 4-point play (missed free throw). Here they are:
vs. St. Mary's (Nov. 26): 8:03 (1st Half), Richard Roby 3-Pointer, Assisted by Copeland. Roby Made Free Throw.
vs. Oklahoma (Feb. 15): 16:15 (2nd Half), Richard Roby 3-Pointer, Assisted by Copeland. Roby Made Free Throw.
Failed attempt at 4-point play: at TCU (Dec. 20): 11:23 (1st Half), Richard Roby 3-Pointer, Assisted by Senger. MISSED Free Throw.
ROBY?RHYMES WITH KOBE: Co-Big 12 Player-of-the-Week (Jan. 16-22) Richard Roby was coming off the best three-game stretch of his career. His 81 points (27.0 ppg) over the last three games (Baylor 21 pts., at OSU 27 pts., NU 30 pts.) was easily his best scoring output of his career over a three-game span. Just for kicks, here's how Roby's numbers over the last three games stack up against Kobe Bryant's historic 81-point effort against the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 23, 2006.
MIN FG-A 3FG-A PTS R A S B
Kobe 42 28-46 7-13 81 6 2 3 1
Roby 99 31-62 11-23 81 17 6 8 5
TOP 25 RANKINGS: Colorado was ranked for two weeks as the No. 25 school in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The back-to-back weekly ranking were the first since the 1996-97 season. This week the Buffs received 22 votes in the coaches' poll, while in the AP poll, received 13 votes. Prior to last week, CU last made either poll in 1997 at No. 24 (Associated Press). The others were 1969 (#18), 1963 (#10), 1962 (#9) and 1955 (#15).
BIG 12 ROAD WINS: In eight road conference games, CU has won only two of those. The last time they won at least three Big 12 road games came in 2003-04 (NIT), 2000-2001 (non post-season), and 1996-97(NCAA Tournament). Here are the highlights of those two wins: Richard Roby scored 27 points, including the decisive basket in overtime as CU beat Oklahoma State 80-78 (Jan. 21). It was the Buffaloes' second Big 12 Conference road win of the season. CU hadn't won at Gallagher-Iba Arena since Jan. 12, 1980, a stretch of 20 games. The Buffs also hadn't won at Missouri since the 1996-97 season and only the second time in Columbia since Jan. 15, 1973 (32 games). Roby scored a career-best 33 points and Chris Copeland hit the last of CU's season-best 13 3-pointers with two-tenths of a second to go, giving the Buffaloes a 74-71 victory.
CU vs. Ranked Teams: Colorado is 1-2 against ranked teams in 2005-06; the win over Oklahoma snapped a three-game losing streak against ranked teams; its last win was 88-79 over No. 23 Texas last February 8 in Boulder. CU last beat a ranked OU team on January 19, 2000, when the Buffs beat the No. 17 Sooners 88-80.
BETTER from the arc than the field: Five times this season (at Texas A&M), CU shot better from the 3-point arc than it did from the rest of the field. The other games were at Penn, Mercer, Kansas, and at Missouri. In fact, only one time the Buffs have shot better from the 3-point arc than the free throw line (Mercer).
TREY HISTORY: CU has achieved the school record for treys made in a season. What about the Big 12 Conference record? Here's a look at each year to see how the Buffs did. CU is first in the Big 12.
2005-06: CU 227 (1st in Big 12)
2004-05: Texas 243
2003-04: Texas 227
2002-03: Baylor 254
2001-02: Nebraska 267
2000-01: Missouri 279
1999-00: Missouri 291
1998-99: Oklahoma 274
1997-98: Baylor 217
1996-97: Baylor 227
CHAUNCEY: The Chauncey Kid's Roundup wall graphic is complete in the CECC and officially was acknowledged at the CU-TTU game. Chauncey Billups parents, Faye and Ray Billups, attended and were honored on Chauncey's behalf in the first half of the game (first media timeout). Chauncey donated $100,000 over four years to the Athletic Department to create a program to provide tickets for children from his native Denver and surrounding communities to attend men's basketball games. The wall graphic is 25' tall by 68' wide.
MORE BUFF Tidbits: Richard Roby has scored double figures in 29 of his 32 career conference games (the other two were nine points, recently seven pts. at Nebraska) ... Roby holds the top six of CU's top scoring games this season (33, 30, 29, 28, 27, 24) ... CU has played with a different starting line up, 10 times (see page 5) ... Chris Copeland (411) and Glean Eddy (396) career rebounds, 33rd and 36th, respectively in all-time rebounding at CU ... Roby has led CU from the 3-point arc 14 times this season (six shared) ... The Buffaloes have made 10 or more treys in 10 games this season, including the last six of 12 games ... 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 ... CU's nine-game winning streak (Nov. 26-Jan. 3) was the longest in school history since the 1961-62 season when the Buffaloes won 12-straight ... CU has made a 3-pointer in 132-straight games (last time CU they didn't was Jan. 16, 2002, Iowa State, W, 63-61) ... Of the nine national categories kept by the NCAA, Roby leads CU in seven of them. The only exceptions are blocked shots (Copeland) and assists (Hall) ... Against OSU, Roby tied a CU record with six steals in a half (1st); his six steals also tied a CU conference high, a first for a CU player in the Big 12; And his six steals, tied five others as a sophomore best ...Before the Texas game (Jan. 7), CU was 10-1 matching their best starts in 1978-79 (26 years ago) and the 1968-69 seasons (36 years ago)...Did you know this season was the fourth time since 1996-97 that CU brought an undefeated home record into the KU game?? In addition to this year, CU was 7-0 in 1996-97; 7-0 in 2001-02; in 1999-2000 was 6-0 -- all four years lost to the visitors; that CU's lone loss at home this year...CU notes entering BIG 12 play: Against UC Irvine, the Buffs placed six players with 10 or more points, a non-conference first since Nov. 22, 2002 (Cal Poly) ... It's also the third time that five or more scored in double-figures (CSU, Cal Poly, Irvine) ... UC Irvine attendance (1,416) lowest since Nov. 24, 2002 (Stetson, 1,093) ... Holding Utah to 16 first-half points was a non-conference school-record low in for opponents in the first 20 minutes ... The Buffs committed only five turnovers against Cal Poly, the least amount since the home win over Texas (Feb. 8) ... The 22 offensive rebounds against Cal Poly matched last year's 22 at Iowa State (Jan. 22) and Kansas (Jan 15) ... Andy Osborn recorded his second career double-double at CU, 17 pts., 10 rebounds against Cal Poly (four at Loyola Marymount) ... Roby failed to make a 3-pointer against SSU, ending his streak of 30 games going back to last season ... On page 10, 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.