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December 6, 2013

A Closer Look At The Colorado Buffaloes

Coming off a third place finish at the Battle 4 Atlantis, No. 6/7 Kansas will travel to Boulder, Co., for a Saturday showdown against the Buffaloes.

Jayhawk Slant is here to provide you with a closer look at the Colorado Buffaloes

A closer look at the Colorado Buffaloes

#0 Askia Booker: 6-foot-2, 170-pound guard (Jr.)

#1 Wesley Gordon: 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward (R-Fr.)

#2 Xavier Johnson: 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward (So.)

#3 Xavier Talton: 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard (So.)

#5 Eli Stalzer: 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard (So.)

#10 Tre'Shaun Fletcher: 6-foot-7, 200-pound guard/forward (Fr.)

#12 Kevin Nelson: 6-foot-2, 185-pound guard (Sr.)

#13 Dustin Thomas: 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward (Fr.)

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

#15 Brett Brady: 6-foot-1, 160-pound guard (So.)

#23 Jaron Hopkins: 6-foot-5, 190-pound guard (Fr.)

#24 George King: 6-foot-5, 208-pound guard/forward (Fr.)

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

#32 Ben Mills: 7-foot-0, 230-pound center (Sr.)

#35 Geoffrey Bates: 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard (Sr.)

#40 Josh Scott: 6-foot-10, 245-pound forward (So.)

Record: 8-1

Home Record: 6-0

Away Record: 2-0

Neutral Record: 0-1

Pac-12 Conference Record: 0-0

National Ranking: NR

Wins: UT Martin, Wyoming, Jackson State, Arkansas State, UC Santa Barbara, Harvard, @ Air Force, @ Colorado State

Losses: Baylor (Dallas, Texas)

Upcoming games: Kansas, Elon, Oklahoma State, Georgia, Oregon State, Oregon, @ Washington State, @ Washington, UCLA, Southern California, @ Arizona, @ Arizona State, Utah, Washington State, Washington, @ UCLA, @ Southern California, Arizona State, Arizona, @ Utah, @ Stanford, @ California

Scoring Leaders:

Spencer Dinwiddie: 15.3

Josh Scott: 12.2

Askia Booker: 11.4

Xavier Johnson: 9.1

Rebounding Leaders:

Josh Scott: 8.7

Wesley Gordon: 6.3

Xavier Johnson: 4.9

Spencer Dinwiddie: 3.7

Assist Leaders:

Spencer Dinwiddie: 3.3

Askia Booker: 2.3

Wesley Gordon: 1.6

Field Goal Shooting Percentage Leaders:

Josh Scott: 34-of-62 (54.8%)

Xavier Johnson: 23-of-42 (54.8%)

Wesley Gordon: 22-of-44 (50.0%)

Spencer Dinwiddie: 32-of-70 (45.7%)

Askia Booker: 38-of-101 (37.6%)

3 point Field Goal Shooting Percentage Leaders

Jaron Hopkins: 7-of-16 (43.8%)

Spencer Dinwiddie: 13-of-32 (40.6%)

Xavier Talton: 5-of-16 (31.3%)

Askia Booker: 10-of-42 (23.8%)

Free-throw Percentage Leaders:

Askia Booker: 17-of-19 (89.5%)

Spencer Dinwiddie: 61-of-70 (87.1%)

Josh Scott: 42-of-51 (82.4%)

Xavier Johnson: 14-of-22 (63.6%)

Wesley Gordon: 24-of-42: (57.1%)

Colorado: A Look At The Numbers:

Scoring: 695 (77.2 PPG)

Scoring Margin: +12.3

Field Goal %: 46 (223-of-487)

3-Point FG %: 32 (52-of-165)

3-Pont FG Made Per Game: 5.8

Free-throw %: 74 (197-of-266)

Free-throws Made Per Game: 21.9

Rebounds: 358 (39.8 per game)

Rebounding Margin: +9.7

Assists: 125 (13.9 per game)

Turnovers: 117 (13.0 per game)

Turnover Margin: +1.4

Steals: 65 (7.2 per game)

Blocks: 30 (3.3 per game)

Opponent Averages:

Scoring: 584 (64.9 PPG)

Field Goal %: 40 (203-of-503)

3-Point FG %: 35 (68-of-195)

3-Pont FG Made Per Game: 7.6

Free-throw %: 70 (110-of-158)

Free-throws Made Per Game: 12.2

Rebounds: 271 (30.1 per game)

Assists: 111 (12.3 per game)

Turnovers: 130 (14.4 per game)

Steals: 52 (5.8 per game)

Blocks: 24 (2.7 per game)

Odds and Ends: Colorado Buffaloes:

A closer look at the starting five:

Wesley Gordon: Started all 9 games

Xavier Johnson: Started and appeared in 7 games

Josh Scott: Started all 9 games

Askia Booker: Started all 9 games

Spencer Dinwiddie: Started all 9 games

A closer look at the reserves:

Jaron Hopkins: Appeared in all 9 games (2 starts)

Dustin Thomas: Appeared in all 9 games

Xavier Talton: Appeared in all 9 games

Tre'Shaun Fletcher: Appeared in all 9 games

George King: Appeared in all 9 games

Kansas vs. Colorado: Numbers breakdown

Record: Kansas (6-1); Colorado (8-1)

Rankings: Kansas (6/7); Colorado: (NR)

Points/GM: Kansas (80.1); Colorado (77.2)

Points Allowed/GM: Kansas (67.7); Colorado (64.9)

FG%: Kansas (.501); Colorado (.458)

Rebounds/GM: Kansas (38.4); Colorado (39.8)

Assists/GM: Kansas (16.0); Colorado (13.9)

Blocks/GM: Kansas (5.4); Colorado (3.3)

Steals/GM: Kansas (6.3); Colorado (7.2)

Kansas vs. Colorado: The Series:

This series between Kansas and Colorado dates back to 1931 and KU leads 123-39, including a 40-26 record in Boulder (25-7 in the Coors Events Center). Kansas has won 19 straight and 46 of the last 47 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 advanced to the Final Four in both the 2003 and 1991 seasons. 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 18-0 against Colorado.

Last year Ben McLemore scored 24 points while Kevin Young added 16 points and a team-best eight rebounds in KU's 90-54 win in Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 8, 2012. Current Jayhawks Naadir Tharpe, Jamari Traylor and Perry Ellis each played more than 10 minutes in the contest, while six Buffs - Josh Scott, Askia Booker, Spencer Dinwiddie, Xavier Johnson, Xavier Talton and Eli Stalzer played 10-plus minutes. Scott led CU with 19 points.

KU-Colorado Connections:

Colorado head coach Tad Boyle, who has guided CU to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, is a Kansas graduate who played for coaches Ted Owens and Larry Brown from 1982-85 and was team captain his senior season. Boyle started 24 of 88 games played for Kansas and had 256 career assists and 61 career steals in his four seasons. During his time as a Jayhawk, Kansas was 5-3 against Colorado.

A Kansas Win Would….:

Improve KU to 7-1 on the season... Make Kansas 1-0 in true road games in 2013-14 and 4-1 in games away from Allen Fieldhouse... Give Kansas its 20th-straight win versus Colorado and make the all-time series 124-39 in favor of KU... Give Kansas its ninth-straight win at the Coors Events Center and make KU 26-7 all-time in the venue... Make Bill Self 307-60 while at Kansas, 514-165 overall and 19-0 versus Colorado... Make KU 2,108-813 all-time.

A Kansas Los Would….:

Drop Kansas to 6-2 on the season... Make Kansas 0-1 in true road games in 2013-14 and 3-2 in games away from Allen Fieldhouse... End a Kansas 19-game winning streak against Colorado... Make the KU-CU series 123-40 all-time, 40-26 in Boulder and 25-8 in the Coors Events Conference Center in favor of the Jayhawks... End a KU eight-game winning streak against CU in games played in Boulder... Make Bill Self 306-61 in his 11th season at Kansas, 513-166 in his 21st season overall and 18-1 versus Colorado... Make KU 2,107-814 all-time.

Colorado: The Leftovers:

Current winning streak: 8 games:

Highest number of points scored ruing winning streak: 94 vs. Jackson State

Most three-pointers in a game: 9 (Jackson State, Arkansas State, Air Force)

Most rebounds in a game: 48 (Harvard)

Most turnovers in a game: 18 (Tennessee Martin)

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