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December 6, 2012

A Closer Look At The Colorado Buffaloes

On Saturday afternoon, No. 9 ranked Kansas will host a familiar foe. The Colorado Buffaloes return to Allen Fieldhouse for the first time since joining the Pac-10.

Colorado: The Facts

Located in Boulder, Colo., with an enrollment of 29,884, Colorado is 7-1 on the season after its 70-61 win against Colorado State on Wednesday (Dec. 5). The Buffaloes are coached by former KU player Tad Boyle who is in his third season at CU with a 55-27 record. Overall, Boyle is 111-93 in his seventh season. Boyle played at KU from 1982-85 for coaches Ted Owens in 1982-83 and Larry Brown in 1984-85.

Colorado opened the season 6-0 before falling at Wyoming, 76-69, on Dec. 1. The Buffs average 74.4 points per game and are giving up 67.4 for a +7.0 scoring margin. CU has a +3.3 rebound margin and averages 6.1 three-point field goals made per contest. Sophomore guard Spencer Dinwiddie leads CU with a 17.8 scoring average. He has made a team-high 19 threes and pulls down 4.8 rebounds per contest. Sophomore guard Askia Booker is next in scoring at 14.1 points per outing, including 14 three-pointers. Booker leads CU with 22 assists, two ahead of Dinwiddie, and is second on the team with 11 steals.

Freshman forward Josh Scott is a starter who scores 12.0 points per game and is second on the team with a 5.6 rpg average. Rounding out the CU starters are junior forward Andre Roberson and senior guard Sabatino Chen. Roberson leads the team with 11.5 rebounds per contest and 12 blocked shots to go along with his 12.0 scoring average.

Chen averages 4.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. Other CU regulars include freshman forward Xavier Johnson (6.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg) and freshman guard Eli Stalzer (2.5 ppg).

Kansas vs. Colorado: The Series

THE KU-COLORADO SERIES


This series between Kansas and Colorado dates back to 1931 and KU leads 122-39, including a 61-7 record in Lawrence (52-5 in Allen Fieldhouse). Kansas has won 20 straight and 47 of the last 48 meetings with CU dating back to 1991. The last Colorado win in the series was a 60-59 thriller on Jan. 22, 2003, in Boulder. The previous CU win was a 79-71 victory on Feb. 20, 1991, also in Boulder.

Kansas has won 29 straight against Colorado in Allen Fieldhouse dating back to the 1982-83 season. As conference members - Big Seven, Big Eight and Big 12 - Kansas was 116-35 against Colorado, which included 21 meetings in the Big Seven/Eight Holiday Tournament and postseason conference play. As members of the Big 12, Kansas was 31-1 against Colorado - 29-1 in regular-season play and 2-0 in the league championship.

In the Bill Self-era, Kansas is 15-4 against Pac-12 schools and has won the last 10 meetings against the league's opponents. In 2010-11, KU defeated four Pac-12 teams.

A closer look at the Colorado Buffaloes

#0 Askia Booker: 6-foot-1, 170-pound guard (So.)

#1 Wesley Gordon: 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward (Fr.)

#2 Xavier Johnson: 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward (Fr.)

#3 Xavier Talton: 6-foot-1, 180-pound guard (Fr.)

#5 Eli Stalzer: 6-foot-3, 185-pound guard (Fr.)

#11 Chris Jenkins: 6-foot-7, 180-pound forward (Fr.)

#13 Kevin Nelson: 6-foot-2, 175-pound guard (Jr.)

#14 Beau Gamble: 6-foot-0, 180-pound guard (So.)

#15 Shane Harris-Tunks: 6-foot-11, 250-pound forward/center (Jr.)

#21 Andre Roberson: 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward (Jr.)

#23 Sabatino Chen: 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard (Sr.)

#25 Spencer Dinwiddie: 6-foot-6, 200-pound guard (So.)

#31 Jeremy Adams: 6-foot-5, 220-pound guard (Jr.)

#32 Ben Mills: 7-foot-0, 225-pound center (Jr.)

#40 Josh Scott: 6-foot-10, 215-pound forward (Fr.)


Record: 7-1

Home Record: 4-0

Away Record: 0-1

Neutral Record: 3-0

Pac-12 Conference Record: 0-0

National Ranking: NR

Wins: Wofford College, Dayton (Charleston, S.C.), Baylor (Charleston, S.C.), Murray State (Charleston, S.C.), Air Force, Texas Southern, Colorado State

Losses: @ Wyoming

Upcoming games: @ Kansas, @ Fresno State, Northern Arizona, Hartford, @ Arizona, @ Arizona State, USC, UCLA, @ Washington, @ Washington State, Stanford, California, @ Utah, @ Oregon, @ Oregon State, Arizona, @Arizona State, Utah, @ Stanford, @ California, Oregon, Oregon State,

Scoring Leaders:

Spencer Dinwiddie: 17.8

Askia Booker: 14.1

Andre Roberson: 12.0

Josh Scott: 12.0

Xavier Johnson: 6.6


Rebounding Leaders:

Andre Roberson: 11.5

Josh Scott: 5.6

Spencer Dinwiddie: 4.8

Xavier Johnson: 3.6

Askia Booker: 3.5


Assist Leaders:

Askia Booker: 2.8

Spencer Dinwiddie: 2.5

Andre Roberson: 1.9


Field Goal Shooting Percentage Leaders:

Spencer Dinwiddie: 34-of-66 (51.5%)

Andre Roberson: 36-of-73 (49.3%)

Josh Scott: 31-of-67 (46.3%)

Askia Booker: 43-of-112 (38.4%)



3 point Field Goal Shooting Percentage Leaders

Spencer Dinwiddie: 19-of-35 (54.3%)

Askia Booker: 14-of-39 (35.9%)

Free-throw Percentage Leaders:

Josh Scott: 34-of-44 (77.3%)

Spencer Dinwiddie: 55-of-74 (74.3%)

Askia Booker: 13-of-24 (54.2%)

Andre Roberson: 20-of-39 (51.3%)

Colorado Offensive Averages:

Scoring: 595 (74.4 PPG)

Scoring Margin: +7.0

Field Goal %: 46 (194-of-421)

3-Point FG %: 41 (49-of-119)

3-Pont FG's Made Per Game: 6.1

Free-throw %: 68 (158-of-232)

Free-throws Made Per Game: 19.8

Rebounds: 308 (38.5 per game)

Rebound Margin: +3.3

Assists: 76 (9.5 per game)

Turnovers: 110 (13.8 per game)

Turnover Margin: -1.5

Steals: 49 (6.1 per game)

Blocks: 33 (4.1 per game)


Opponent Averages :

Scoring: 539 (67.4 PPG)

Field Goal %: 49 (193-of-488)

3-Point FG %: 33 (68-of-209)

3-Pont FG Made Per Game: 8.5

Free-throw %: 64 (85-of-132)

Free-throws Made Per Game: 10.6

Rebounds: 282 (35.2 per game)

Assists: 80 (10.0 per game)

Turnovers: 98 (12.3 per game)

Steals: 53 (6.6 per game)

Blocks: 28 (3.5 per game)





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