QUICKLY: Colorado brings a 24-consecutive home game winning streak (non-conference games) into tonight's contest. The Buffs were 12-0 last season, 8-0 in 2009-10, and won their last four in 2008-09. The 24-game streak ranks second all-time in school history. The Buffs won 35-straight at home from Dec. 4, 1976 thru Dec. 5, 1981.
SEASON OPENER: The Buffaloes have won three straight season openers (lost 2007-08 to New Mexico, 54-47), and 14 of their last 15 openers. Since 1996-97, the Buffs are 11-1 in Boulder; 2-0 on the road; 1-0 on a neutral floor.
FORT LEWIS COLLEGE PREVIEW: The Skyhawks lost six seniors to graduation a year ago and returns Matt Morris, a 6-foot-6 senior center from Durango. Morris was named to the RMAC Preseason All-Conference Team. As a junior, he averaged 11.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He was picked to the All-RMAC second team in 2011-12, and also received a bevy of academic accolades, including RMAC All-Academic Player of the Year, Capitol One All-District VII second team, RMAC All-Academic first team, and the D-2 Athletic Directors Association/WeatherPORT Academic Achievement Award.
Skyhawk head coach Bob Hofman begins his 16th season at FLC and 23rd overall as a head coach in the collegiate ranks, and will be gunning for his 400th collegiate victory when he leads his troops against his alma mater. Hofman played point-guard for the Buffs from 1970-74 (2.1 ppg., 0.9 rpg.) and was an assistant coach at CU from 1981-83 with former head coach Tom Apke.
ROAD TRIP TO CSU: Don't want to drive to Fort Collins and leave the driving to someone else, and see the Buffs play the Rams on Wednesday, Nov. 30? For $30 you can, along with other CU fans! The price includes a game ticket, round-trip transportation, food items (sack meal compliments of Blake Street Tavern on Denver buses OR Blackjack Pizza compliments of Boulder Buff Club on Boulder buses), and a seat on the bus to Moby Arena. The buses will pick up and drop off at two locations: Blake Street Tavern, 2301 Blake Street 2nd stop (approx. 4:30 p.m.) at I-25 & Hwy 7 at the Village Inn Restaurant (east of I-25). Boulder Locations: 28th & Iris at the Sports Authority parking lot 2nd stop (approx. 4:15 p.m.) at Highway 119 & Hover at the Sports Authority parking lot. Buses will depart at 4 p.m. from the first pick up location in Denver and Boulder. If you are interested, please contact Josi Carlson with CU Special Events at 303-492-3213 to make a reservation. Sign up now. This trip will be first come, first serve.
CRASHING THE BOARDS: Andre Roberson made a name for himself in Boulder last year shattering the freshman record with 297 rebounds. By the way, he also set the freshman record for steals (51) and blocks (42) in his initial season becoming just the fourth Big 12 Conference player to lead all three categories for his team (others were: Michael Beasley, Kansas State; Antoine Wright, Texas A&M; Kevin Durant, Texas).
CU Consecutive Home Winning Streaks
35 games: Dec. 4, 1976 - Dec. 5, 1981
24 games: Dec. 10, 2008 - present
17 games: Dec. 22, 1997 - Dec. 15, 2000
17 games: Dec. 10, 1981 - Dec. 27, 1983
17 games: Dec. 5, 1966 - Dec. 11, 1969
17 games: Dec. 14, 1959 - Dec. 16, 1963
16 games: Jan. 8, 2004 - Jan. 3, 2006
16 games: Nov. 28, 2000 - Nov. 24, 2002
NEWCOMERS: The Buffs welcome six newcomers to the 2011-12 roster: freshmen point-guard Askia Booker, forward Damiene Cain, guard Spencer Dinwiddie, along with sophomore-transfer Jeremy Adams, in addition to freshman walk-on Beau Webb, and sophomore-transfer Beau Gamble. Gamble not show in the active roster below is a Boulder native and transferred from Santa Clara.
BLOCKS & BOARDS: Andre Roberson became the sixth CU freshman to lead the team in blocked shots (the others: Shane Harris-Tunks, David Harrison, Stephane Pelle, Carlton Carter, Matt Bullard). In addition, Roberson was 100th nationally in rebounding per game (7.8 rpg.) and tied for fifth nationally in freshman rebounding (only player with zero starts). Of the top six freshman rebounders, Roberson ranked second of the six per 40 minutes on the glass.
Basketball Attendance Numbers: Colorado finished 77th nationally in men's basketball attendance, averaging 7,014 fans for 20 home games; the 140,284 for those 20 contests was a school record, with the 7,014 figure second only to the 7,659 the Buffaloes averaged during the 1983-84 season. In conference play, CU's 9,623 per game was a school best, topping the 9,147 for Big 8 games during that '83-84 campaign; the old Big 12 best was 8,995 set in 2002-03. The Buffs averaged 6,267 per game in 2009-10, so the increase was 747 per game, or 12 percent higher this past season, just outside the top 20 in the NCAA for largest improvement. CU was 86th in attendance in 2009-10, so the Buffs moved up nine spots; if you remember, the increase a year ago was 1,630 per game, which was sixth in the nation. So over the last two years, the Buffs have increased attendance by 2,377 per contest, pretty solid growth.
ROOT Sports: The CU men's basketball team will be featured live eight times on ROOT SPORTSTM during the 2011-12 season. The network's schedule also includes five Pac-12 matchups. All eight telecasts are at the Coors Events Center where CU set four attendance records a year ago during its 24-win campaign, the most victories in school history. Eighteen of the 24 wins under head coach Tad Boyle occurred at home, including five sellouts. Drew Goodman will handle play-by-play duties for all CU men's basketball broadcasts, along with former CU women's basketball coach Ceal Barry (analyst) and Alanna Rizzo (sideline reporter). All CU men's basketball events air throughout the Rocky Mountain territory and will be available nationally on DIRECTV and DISH Network.
PUERTO RICO: ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, announced the first-round matchups for the 2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off to be held, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 17, 18 & 20, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in financial district of San Juan. The fifth-year event will include 12 games in three days and will be telecast on ESPN2 and ESPNU. The Puerto Rico Tip-Off field features Alabama (Southeastern), Colorado (Pac-12), Iona (Metro Atlantic), Maryland (Atlantic Coast), Purdue (Big 10) Temple (Atlantic-10), Western Michigan (Mid-American) and Wichita State (Missouri Valley). Each school will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated will face off in a championship game Sunday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.