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MBB Travels To K-State For Big 12 Tilt On Saturday

Feb 8, 2007

FOR STARTERS: Dating back to last season, CU has lost nine straight Big 12 road games ... In those nine games, the opponent is outscoring CU, 82.2-to-65.4. The other difference is the halftime score where the home team holds the advantage,  37.6-to-25.8 ... Of the seven road losses this season, five of those games CU scored under 65 points ... Last Big 12 road win, Jan. 21, 2006 at Oklahoma State ... In their last two road games, the Buffaloes are averaging 78.5 ppg. and allowing 97.0 ppg. Complete PDF notes listed below.


CU vs. k-State: Coach Patton teams have been successful over the years holding a 15-8 advantage and a slim 6-5 edge at Bramlage Coliseum. Dating back to the infamous 2002-03 Big 12 Tournament first round game when CU won 77-76, the Buffaloes have won five of its last seven over the Wildcats and two of three at Bramlage. CU lost at K-State last season, 72-60, despite leading at half, 30-26.


QUICKLY ON K-STATE: The Wildcats are 10-1 at home this season and have won seven of eight since the loss to Texas Tech (Jan. 18, 62-52). K-State is third overall in the conference standings and throughout the season have had eight different players lead the team in scoring.  This is the first meeting between Coach Patton and K-State head coach Bob Huggins. So far this season including non-conference games, CU is 3-5 against first-year head coaches. 


X Factor: Since leading the team in scoring four of the last six games, freshman Xavier Silas has also led the team in assists three times and twice in steals. His production during this stretch is 14.8 ppg., 4.8 rpg. 32-of-71 FG (.451) and leads the team from the 3-point arc with 14. Overall, he's second in scoring (11.6 ppg.), one of six players over four boards a game and is second in minutes played (30.3).


HOOK SHOTS: Richard Roby is 28 points from 10th place on CU's all-time scoring list (1,325)...With only 66 rebounds last season, Dominique Coleman leads CU on the boards with 117 (6.2), assists (65, 3.4), steals (33, 1.7)...Jermyl Jackson-Wilson is the only other player over 100 rebounds (114); Roby has 96, Jeremy Williams (94)...CU had three players with 20 or more points against Oklahoma State for the first time since Feb. 19, 2003 at Kansas...Kal Bay tied his season-best with 5 3-pointers and tied his career-best of 21 points (Central Florida); as did Coleman with 21 pts. and a career-best 15 rebounds. ?Nique's third double-double and third time this season with over 10 rebounds in a game...In his last four games, Williams is averaging 13.0 ppg., 5.8 rpg. and 21-for-32 from the field (.656). TEAM: Had a season-best eight 3-pointers in the first half against Oklahoma State; 10 treys overall for the third time in 2006-07 (at Baylor and Texas)...Four of CU's six wins shot better from the field (Oklahoma St., Iowa St., Central Florida, Denver)...CU's 45 rebounds vs. the Cowboys, most this season in the Big 12 and most since grabbing 48 against Peppedine...CU led at half (15 pts. over OSU) for the first time in the Big 12 this season...A loss today ties the 1998-99 team for poorest starts after 10 games (2-8) in the Big 12.


50% FG% (opponents): The Buffs have allowed the opponent (at BU, at KU, Mizzou, at Nebraska) to shoot 50% FG or better in four of five games. The four straight games over 50% was a school first in 18 years. The last time this happened was the 1989-90 season when CU allowed five opponents to shoot 50% or better, TWICE. That year the Buffs finished 12-18 and 2-12 in the Big Eight. Six of CU's nine Big 12 opponents this season have shot 50% or better.


DICKIE V'S WEEKLY AWARDS: In case you missed it the Buffaloes made Dickie V's weekly notes (Shock of the Week). Colorado over Oklahoma State. Sean Sutton's squad went into Boulder with an 18-3 record. The Buffs were 5-13 entering the contest. It was shock city as Colorado scored an 89-77 victory. The Buffs had the edge on the glass and on the scoreboard, baby!


end is near: On Oct. 25, Coach Patton announced this would be his last season of coaching at CU. Patton said he would not seek nor accept an extension of his contract (expires June 30, 2007). In 11 years, Patton has 183 victories, four NIT appearances, two NCAA Tournaments, and three 20-win seasons.


REGAINING FORM: Before scoring his sixth career 30-point effort at Kansas, then tacking on 18 more at Baylor, Richard Roby is performing into the scorer we know. Roby followed up previous games at KU and at BU, with 20 points in the upset win over Oklahoma State. Roby's three-game average of 22.7 points per game leads the team. Prior to his last three games, Roby scored just 38 points (9.5 ppg.).


LAST TIME OUT (complete box on page 22):

Dominique Coleman and Kal Bay tied career highs with 21 points, leading Colorado to an 89-77 victory over No. 12 Oklahoma State. Coleman added a career-high 15 rebounds and Bay tied a career high with five 3-pointers. Richard Roby had 20 points for the Buffaloes, who have now beaten at least one ranked team at home in each of the last five years. JamesOn Curry scored 20 points for Oklahoma State, while Byron Eaton finished with a career-high 19 points and Mario Boggan had 17.


crashing the boards: In nine Big 12 games, CU has a quartet of players with at least 42 rebounds and all are averaging over 4.7 a game. Dominique Coleman heads the list (66, 7.3 rpg.), followed by Jeremy Williams (45, 5.0). Xavier Silas (42, 4.7) and Richard Roby (42, 4.7) round out the list.


ON THE ROAD IN THE BIG 12: Since the Big 12 formed (1996-97), CU has played 84 regular season games on the road. Heading into 2006-07, the Buffaloes under Coach Patton are 21-63 (.250). That means an average of 2.1 wins a season and 5.9 losses in eight road games. The highest win total was 4-4 in 1996-97; their lowest was one win in each of the 2002-03 (Baylor), 2001-02 (Texas A&M) and 1999-2000  Kansas State) seasons.


LOSSES AT HOME: With seven home losses this season, CU has matched the 2000-01 campaign for setbacks in a season. With three more home games left (KU, Kansas State, Nebraska), it looks like the Buffaloes will be a setting a school record for losses at home or at least tying it. The previous high is eight (1995-96, 1985-86, 1975-76).


TOP-10 SHOOTER: Richard Roby ranks among the top-10 field goals attempts list. Entering tonight's game, Roby has 1,086 attempts good enough for ninth place at CU. As for field goals made, Roby is a bit behind Scott Wedman's 10th place of 516. Roby has 452 field goals made.


FTs WHEN IT COUNTS: After 19 games, we're starting to see whose cool under pressure from the free throw line.

   last 2 minutes remaining

Kal Bay                         6-6       1.000

Richard Roby                2-2       1.000

Dominique Coleman       12-17    .706

Jermyl Jackson-Wilson              2-3       .667

Xavier Silas                   5-8       .625

Sean Kowal                   1-2       .500

Marcus King-Stockton    1-2       .500

Marc Van Burck                        1-2       .500

Jeremy Williams                        0-1       .000

James Inge                   0-2       .000

Chase Perkowski                       0-2       .000

   2-5 minutes to play

Jermyl Jackson-Wilson  2-2       1.000

Chase Perkowski                       2-2       1.000

Richard Roby                15-17    .882

Sean Kowal                   3-4       .750

Xavier Silas                   4-6       .667

Jeremy Williams                        5-8       .625

Dominique Coleman       2-6       .500

Dwight Thorne II                        1-2       .500

Marcus King-Stockton    0-2       .000


see the 3, be the 3: The last three games the Buffaloes have erupted for 28 3-pointers (9.3 per game), the most over a three-game span this year. In the last two games, they have drained 10 in each and for the season have made 10 in a game three times (Oklahoma State, at BU, Texas). They're on pace to make 142, a far cry from last year's school-record of 240. CU is also shooting a conference low .309 percent (115-for-372) from the arc and have made a 3-pointer in 155 straight games (Jan. 16, 2002 vs. Iowa State).

3-Point Totals this season:

vs. Denver         5-of-21  (.238)

at New Mexico   6-of-31  (.194)

vs. Air Force     2-of-17  (.118)

at Utah              8-of-18 (.444)

vs. Wyoming     4-of-19 (.211)

at UNCW                      4-of-19 (.211)

NORTHERN COL.          5-of-17 (.294)

PEPPERDINE   7-of-23 (.304)

COLORADO ST.            9-of-21 (.429)

C. FLORIDA      6-of-15 (.400)

TEXAS             10-of-26            (.385)

at OU                4-of-18              (.222)

TEXAS &AM     2-of-12              (.167)

IOWA STATE    8-of-19 (.421)

at Nebraska       6-of-22 (.273)

MISSOURI        1-of-15 (6.7)

at Kansas                      8-of-19 (.421)

at Baylor                       10-of-19            (.526)

OKLAHOMA ST.            10-of-21            (.476)

BUFF BITS: Richard Roby  has nine 20+ efforts this season (27 career) ... Freshman have led CU in scoring seven times this season, five of the last six ... CU has beaten at least one ranked team at home in the last five years (last win over a top-15 team at home was No. 3/3 Texas, Feb. 4, 2003) ... CU has won its first back-to-back games against the Cowboys since Feb. 1, 1989 and Feb. 13, 1988 ... CU has outrebounded the opponent on the offensive glass eight of nine games (not Texas) and have outrebounded the opponent six of nine games (not UT, Baylor and were even against OU ... CU has trailed at the half eight of nine conference games, led OSU and rallied to beat Iowa State ... The opponent has scored 20+ points in a game 13 times and tallied seven double-doubles against CU this season ... CU is 1-12 when trailing at the half and 2-59 when trailing by 10 or more half (0-6 this season) under Patton ... Xavier Silas became the first player other than Richard Roby to lead the team in scoring three straight times (Mizzou, at Nebraska, Iowa State). The last time this was accomplished other than Roby was Michel Morandais during the 2002-03 season, twice ... Roby tied his season-high 10 FGs made at KU for his sixth career 30+point effort. His other 10 FGs made this season (Pepperdine, Texas) were also 30-point games ... Against Mizzou (Jan. 24), CU had 17 offensive rebounds most in Big 12 play by the Buffs this year; Marcus King-Stockton had a season-high nine rebounds against Missouri ... CU has six double-doubles this season: Coleman (3), Jermyl Jackson-Wilson (2), Richard Roby (1) ... Roby has led the team in scoring nine times, including one shared and has scored double figures in 17 of 19 games ...  Despite playing the point, Coleman has led CU in rebounding six times ... CU's 30 turnovers at Kansas was the most since committing 30 at KU (Feb. 15, 1992) ... Roby has netted 30+ points three times this season (six times in career): 32 pts (Peppedine), 30 each at KU and home against Texas ... Silas (23 pts.) and Jeremy Williams (18 pts.) each scored season-bests at Baylor (Jan. 30). TEAM: With seven home losses this season, CU's next home loss ties three other seasons for most losses at home ... CU has used 10 different starting combos in 19 games.