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Buffs Continue Road Trip At Washington

Jan 26, 2022

ABOUT THE BUFFALOES: Colorado is 13-6 overall and 5-4 in the Pac-12 Conference after defeating Oregon, 82-78, on Jan. 25, in the first of a three-game road swing through the Pacific Northwest.

Colorado's win avoided what would have been the program's first three-game losing skid since the end of 2019-20. Five of its six losses - and all four in the Pac-12 - have come to ranked opponents.

The Buffaloes have won 10 of their last 15 and 36 of 51 (36-15) dating back to the beginning of the 2020-21 season. During that span, the Buffaloes have suffered back-to-back losses just three times - twice this year and once last season.

The Buffaloes have fared well in tight contests. Twelve of Colorado's  games have been within six points - or two possessions - with four minutes or less remaining in the game. The Buffaloes are 9-3 in those contests.

Colorado is averaging 70.9 points per game while shooting 44.5 percent from the field. After struggling from 3-point range early in the season, Colorado has made 31 of 70 over the last four games (.443). Colorado shot a season-best 53.3 percent from the 3-point line (8-15) at Oregon and best in a road game since hitting 54.2 percent at UCLA (13-24) on Feb. 6, 2019.

The Buffaloes had a season-high 10 3-point field goals at Arizona State and most in a true road game since hitting 12 at Arizona on Dec. 28, 2020. The Buffaloes hadn't made more than five in any of the previous five games away from Boulder. Colorado is 18 of 40 from 3-point range over its last two road games (.450) after starting the season 18 of 83 (.217) away from Boulder.

Defensively, the Buffaloes have allowed 66.7 points per game, ranking fifth in the Pac-12. Colorado has held its opponents under 70 points in seven of its last 11 games, including a Pac-12 season-low 57 to Arizona State on Jan. 15. The Buffaloes are the second-best rebounding defense team (31.6 rpg) in the Pac-12 and rank fourth in rebound margin (+6.0).

Colorado is 6-0 this year in one of the program's "gold standards" of holding opponents to 40 percent of less from the field and least a plus-8 rebound advantage. Colorado improved to 78-5 in those games after holding Arizona State to 33.9 percent shooting and winning the battle of the boards by 15 (46-31).

Sophomore forward Jabari Walker leads the Buffaloes at 13.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Walker recorded his Pac-12 leading ninth double-double of the season with a career-high tying 24 points and 11 rebounds at Oregon. It was his fourth career 20-point game; three of the four have resulted in double-doubles. He was 9 of 11 from the field against the Ducks, tying his career-best for field goals made.

In Pac-12 games, Walker is averaging 15.4 points and a league-best 9.9 rebounds an outing while shooting 54.3 percent from the field.

Eight of his double-doubles have come in the last 15 games. He had a string of four-straight double-doubles earlier in the season, highlighted by a season-high 22 points and 11 rebounds at UCLA.  Walker's four-straight double-doubles are the longest such streak by a Buffalo since Tyler Bey had five in a row in the final five games of the 2018-19 Pac-12 schedule.

Walker leads the Pac-12 in overall defensive rebounds (6.7 drpg) while ranking third in overall rebounds, eighth in scoring and 13th in field goal percentage (.474).

Senior forward Evan Battey is averaging 12.1 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting a team-best 52.4 percent from the field. Battey had 15 points hitting 5 of 6 from the field, including both 3-point attempts, against UCLA.  He had 10 points and grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against USC.

On the Pac-12 charts, Battey is seventh in overall shooting and 18th in scoring. During conference games he is shooting 50 percent from 3-point range (11 for 22), ranking second among all Pac-12 players.

Sophomore guard Keeshawn Barthelemy leads Colorado in assists (49), free throw shooting (.839) and 3-point field goals made and attempted (21 of 63) while ranking third on the team in scoring at 11.7 points per game. He had 19 points, four assists and two steals at Oregon and hit a personal and team-season best 9 of 9 from the free throw line.

Barthelemy's 49 assists have come with just 27 turnovers (1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio). In nine Pac-12 games, his assist-to-turnover ratio jumps to 2.6 (23 assists/9 turnovers).

Barthelemy leads the Pac-12 in free throw shooting during conference games at 91.2 percent hitting 31 of 34. He had a season-best string of 16 consecutive made end at Arizona State but has since followed up with another 14 in a row after his 9 for 9 effort at Oregon. The 9 for 9 from the line matches the top performance among all Pac-12 players this season.

Senior guard Elijah Parquet is averaging 6.8 points and 2.2 rebounds while shooting 44 percent overall. Parquet returned to the lineup against Oregon after missing the previous two games with an injury. He celebrated his 100th game in a Colorado uniform with six points and a matching a personal-best four assists against Washington State.

Sophomore Tristan da Silva is averaging 9.2 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 43 percent. He is third on the team in assists with 30. Da Silva had 15 points, hitting 5 of 6 from the field at Oregon for his fourth-straight double-figure scoring game and sixth in his last seven. He was 2 of 3 from 3-point range against Oregon and has now made 11 of his last 23 from downtown (.478).

Da Silva is Colorado's third-leading scorer during Pac-12 play at 11.3 points per game and is averaging 12.1 over the last seven contests. He is fifth in the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage during conference games (.464) and 15th in overall shooting (.500).

Da Silva led Colorado in the first game against Washington with a career-high 22 points hitting 9 of 15 from the field and all three shots from the free throw line.

Nique Clifford is averaging 5.8 points, leads the Buffaloes in blocked shots (16) and is second in rebounding at 4.8 per game. Clifford made his first career start against USC finishing with five points, seven rebounds and tying a career and team-season high two blocked shots.

Clifford ranks eighth in the Pac-12 in blocked shots during conference games (1.2 bpg). He had a string of seven consecutive games with at least one blocked shot end at Oregon.

K.J. Simpson is averaging 7.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per game and leads the Buffaloes in assists on a per game average (2.7 apg).  Simpson had eight points and tied a career-high with five assists against Oregon. He had career-highs with 17 points and three steals at Arizona.

Simpson is CU's fifth leading scorer in Pac-12 play averaging 8.6 an outing. He leads Colorado with seven steals during Pac-12 play including a pair against Arizona State. In Pac-12 contests, Simpson is tied for second in free throw shooting at 88.9 percent (16 of 18).

Julian Hammond III earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors on Jan. 10 after his effort against the Washington schools, averaging 8.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 assists while hitting 55 percent.

In the win over Washington, Hammond scored a career-high 14 points in just over 12 minutes of action, hitting 5 of 7 from the field including all four 3-point attempts. Against Washington State, he grabbed five rebounds, had four steals and dished out four assists Ð all career-highs. Prior to the WSU game he totaled all of one assist and one steal in his first eight career games.

ABOUT THE HUSKIES: Washington is 9-8 overall and 4-3 in the Pac-12. The Huskies won three-straight immediately following the first game against Colorado before falling at Oregon in their last outing, 84-56, on Jan. 23. Washington averages 69.6 points while shooting 39.7 percent from the floor. Defensively, Washington is giving up 72.2 points while teams are shooting 45 percent, both number ranking 11th in the Pac-12. The Huskies are one of the best turnover teams in the nation. Washington leads the Pac-12 and ranks eighth in NCAA Division I in turnover margin at plus-5.4 per game. The Huskies force 17.4 turnovers per game, ranking 17th in the nation.

Terrell Brown, Jr., leads the Pac-12 and ranks 12th in the nation in scoring at 20.9 points per game. On the defensive end, Brown tops the conference and ranks fifth nationally in steals at 2.6 per game. Forward Emmitt Matthews, Jr., is second on the team in scoring at 11.6 per game and tops the Huskies in 3-pointers made with 22. Daejon Davis averages 8.1 points and is second on the team in both steals (38) and assists (48). Nate Roberts leads Washington in rebounding at 6.3 per game while averaging 3.9 points per contest.

SERIES RECORDS: This will be the 33rd meeting between Colorado and Washington with the Huskies holding an 18-14 advantage. Colorado has won three of the last four including a 78-64 decision in Boulder on Jan. 9. Washington has won 12 of 14 all-time meetings in Seattle, including the last five. Colorado's last win at Alaska Airlines arena was a 64-47 decision on Mar. 5, 2015.