GAME #18    vs. Arizona State Sun Devils (6-11, 2-3 Pac-12)
Thursday, Jan. 19, 6:37 p.m. (MT); Coors Events Center (11,043)
Television: ROOT Sports
Announcers: Drew Goodman (pbp), Ceal Barry (analyst), Alanna Rizzo (courtside)
760 KKZN: Mark Johnson (pbp), Chris Lewis (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 93, XM 194 (CU Broadcasts)
Series vs. Arizona State: Series tied 2-2 (last played Dec. 12, 1968); CU is 2-0 in Boulder, 0-2 at ASU).

QUICKLY: Colorado and Arizona are tied for fifth place in the Pac-12 with identical 3-2 records • CU has lost two-straight, matching a two-game skid in Puerto Rico with losses to Wichita State & Maryland • CU has won six of eight games • CU is 1-3 this season when scoring under 59 points (2-3 over the last two years) • The Buffs are 9-1 at home this season and 27-3 at home (.900) under head coach Tad Boyle.

HOME vs. AWAY: CU is 9-1 at home and shooting 47.4 percentage from the field, in addition to outscoring the opponent: 72.9-to-56.5; on the road (1-3), the Buffs are shooting 40.3% and being outscored 69.8-to-63.5.

Pac-12 Conference-ONLY:  CU is one of five unbeaten teams at home in Pac-12 play • Andre Roberson (11.2 ppg., 10.0 rpg.) is the only player in conference-only games averaging a double-double • Roberson is No. 1 in offensive (3.2) and defensive rebounds (7.8).

Pac-12 (all games): Carlon Brown (1,088 pts.) and Andre Roberson (491) are the conference's No. 1 scorer and rebounder among active Pac-12 players • Austin Dufault is fourth in rebounding (460) and seventh in scoring (875) • Nate Tomlinson is second in assists (351), fourth in three-pointers (106), fifth in steals (93) • Roberson is fourth in blocks (66) and first in double-doubles (10).

A.D.: CU senior Austin Dufault is averaging 16.7 ppg. and 4.3 rpg., in addition to a team-best 52.9 FG% over his last three games • He's third all-time at CU with 111th career starts and will be 10th overall in games played Thursday night with 118.

3-0 STARTS: Head coach Tad Boyle is the first CU coach to begin conference play in back-to-back seasons with identical 3-0 record. Back on Dec. 31, Boyle became the first CU coach since Frosty Cox (1935-36, 1936-37) to win conference openers in his first two years • Coach Boyle's two-year record at CU is 35-20 (.636) and 27-3 at home (.900) • Buffs are 9-1 at home this season.

5-2 in Pac-12 PLAY???: If the Buffs defend the court this week and win both home games, they'll be 5-2 matching the 2005-06 team (advanced to NIT) after seven games. That team under Ricardo Patton went 9-7 in Big 12 play and finished 20-10.

NCAA RPI (Jan. 16): CU moved up to No. 63 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings (last week No. 68). The week prior to that they were No. 94. Also ranking in the top-100 are: Cal at No. 40 (last week No. 38); Oregon is No. 51 (last week 74); Arizona is No. 64 (58), Stanford is No. 70 (No. 75), and Washington is No. 88 this week, last week No. 80.

BB COACHES: "In the Paint" with CU Basketball  Coaches Tad Boyle and Linda Lappe, Monday, February 20, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Get an insider's look at the 2011-12 CU basketball programs. Hear from CU Athletic Director Mike Bohn.  Learn about opportunities to support the CU Basketball Excellence Funds.  Complimentary appetizers & cash bar with drink specials. Chances to win great door prizes!

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TEAM NOTES: CU has made at least one 3-pointer in 312-consecutive games dating back to the 2001-02 season. The Buffs made a season-high 12 against Utah, in addition to 25 attempts • This year's senior class is 48-15 (.762) overall at the Coors Events Center, and winners of their last 15 of 16 games.

TEAM TRENDS:  The Buffs are 11-0 when having a higher shooting percentage, 0-6 when opponent has a higher percentage; 7-2 with fewer bench points than opponent; 6-0 in games in which a bench player does score 10-plus points, 7-1 when four players score 10 or more points; 8-2 when outrebounding opponent; 8-2 when leading at halftime.

SCORING: CU has had a variety of leading scorers through 17 games with Carlon Brown and Spencer Dinwiddie leading the way with five times each; Andre Roberson four times; Austin Dufault, twice; and Nate Tomlinson with one.

PLAYER TRENDS: Andre Roberson has led CU in rebounding 12 of 13 (one shared) • Carlon Brown has led in scoring three of six games • Brown has lead in steal in three straight games (one shared) • Roberson has led in blocks the last eight games, one shared.

  • CU is 7-0 this season when a player scores 10-or-more points off the bench (six times by Askia Booker, once by Sabatino Chen).
  • Askia Booker has scored in double-digits six times this season with CU going 6-0 in those games.
  • Nate Tomlinson only scored in double-digits once in the 2010-11 season, but has already done so on five occasions this season with CU going 4-1 in those games. Tomlinson has 19 games with 10+ points in his career.

POSTER FEATURE this evening is redshirt-sophomore guard Shannon Sharpe.  Shannon's quick stats are listed in the first column. Last year, he played in a school-record 38 games, in addition to making three starts. He averaged 13.1 minutes, along with 2.1 ppg., 1.3 rpg., 1.2 apg.

ARIZONA STATE REVIEW: The Sun Devils enter tonight's game in eighth place in the Pac-12 Conference standings with a 2-3 record (6-11 overall). Trent Lockett and Carrick Felix are averaging 13.9 points and 10.4 per game, respectively for ASU, while Kyle Cain is averaging 8.9 points and 6.6 rebounds. Arizona State have won only twice in their last eight games with wins over Oregon State and at USC. The Sun Devils are 2-2 on the road.

40+ POINT WINS: The 40-point win over Utah was also the highest point differential in a CU conference game since the Buffs defeated Denver by 41 points (77-36) on Mar. 6, 1945 as a member of the Mountain States Conference. CU defeated Nebraska by 42 points (89-47) on Dec. 29, 1954, but that was part of the Big Seven Christmas Tournament in Kansas City • The back-to-back 40-point wins are the first since Dec. 3 and 6, 2000 when the Buffs defeated Texas Arlington by 44 (119-75) and then went to defeat St. Mary's (105-61) by 44 points.