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By: CUBuffs.com
Senior Bianca Smith is closing in on CU's all-time 3-point record of 252.
Buffaloes Travel To Missouri Tuesday
Release: February 22, 2010
By: Troy Andre, Assistant SID

THE GAME: The University of Colorado travels to play the University of Missouri on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 5:30 p.m. MST at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo.

BROADCAST: Tuesday's game will be broadcast live on KKZN AM 760. Mike Rice will give the play by play with USA Basketball's Carol Callan with the color commentary. Live internet audio of all CU basketball games is available on BuffsRadio, a subscription service through CUBuffs.com. Please note the BuffsRadio audio and BuffsTV video are separate subscriptions.

OPENING TIPS: Colorado has just six Big 12 Conference road wins since 2005, but three of them have come in Mizzou Arena against the Tigers. The Buffaloes have won their last two and three of their last five road games in Columbia.

In a scheduling quirk, Colorado plays its first back-to-back road games after swapping home and away dates for its first 11 league contests. The Buffaloes, which will be compensated with consecutive home games after this two-game stretch, are the last Big 12 Conference team to play two straight at home or on the road. In 12 of the Big 12's 13 seasons CU has had at least one back-to-back home or road series within its first five league contests. In 2002, the first back-to-back games came in games 6 & 7.

THE BUFFALOES: Colorado is 12-13 overall and in 11th place in the Big 12 at 2-10. The Buffaloes have lost their last eight and 10 of their last 11. CU's 8-game skid is its longest since dropping 11 straight during the 2004-05 campaign. Six of those eight, and five of the last six losses have come against teams ranked in the Top 15.

TEAM NUMBERS: Colorado is averaging 68 points per game and shooting 41 percent from the field, and enyoing a resurgence in offense the last couple of games. The Buffaloes have reached 70 points in each of the last two games after not scoring more than 64 in the first 10 conference games of the year. However, Colorado has also given up 70 or more points in seven of the eight games during its current losing streak. Colorado is averaging 7.6 3-pointers per game, ranking second in the Big 12. The Buffaloes are the top free throw shooting team in the Big 12 at 75.2 percent (303-403). The Buffaloes also rank third in the Big 12 in steals (9.0 spg) and fourth in blocks (4.1 bpg). 

SPEARS LEADS: Brittany Spears tops Colorado by averaging 17.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. She had a game-high 26 points at Nebraska hitting 10-of-17 from the field including a career-best six 3-point field goals on just seven attempts. Spears has found her stroke after a mid-season slump. She has averaged 22 points on 53 percent from the field (23-of-53) over the last three games. Spears has hit 10 of her last 15 3-point attempts.

Spears has reached 20 points 10 times this season and has recorded double-digit scoring in 22 of 25 games, 53 of her last 58 games and 76 of 88 career outings. She recorded her 21st career dobule-double, sixth of the season and second in Big 12 play with 17 points and 11 rebounds against Kansas.

On the league charts she ranks third in steals and defensive rebounds (6.0 drpg), fifth in scoring and rebounding, sixth in free-throw percentage (.833), eighth in blocks (1.1 bpg), 12th in 3-pointers made (1.8 3mpg), 13th in offensive rebounds (2.4 orpg) and 15th in 3-point percentage (.360).

SPEARS SET TO JOIN ELITE COMPANY: Brittany Spears needs four rebounds to become just the sixth player in team history to reach 1,400 points and 700 rebounds. Spears is currently 10th overall in both categories with 1,441 points and 696 rebounds.

CU Career 1,400-700
Name (Years)                             Points       Rebounds
Lisa Van Goor (1980-85)            2,067                1,145
Jackie McFarland (2004-08)      1,957                1,048
Erin Scholz (1993-97)                 1,621                1,067
Tera Bjorklund (2000-04)          1,858                   723
Bridget Turner (1985-89)           1,599                   725
Brittany Spears (2007- )         1,441                 696

OFF THE BENCH OR STARTER, SMITH SOLID: Senior guard Bianca Smith resumed a starting role against Kansas, but primarily has come off the bench this season. Starting or coming off the bench, Smith's numbers have been solid the entire season. She is averaging 12.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game while displaying her sharp-shooting abilities. Smith leads the Big 12 with 70 3-pointers and ranks 13th in 3-point accuracy at 37 percent (70-of-190).

Smith ranks 14th in overall scoring in the Big 12 and second among those players primarily coming off the bench (starting less than half of a team's games). Here are the current leaders:

Player, Team                                           PPG
Danielle Adams, Texas A&M                 15.5
Bianca Smith, Colorado                        12.8
Christine Flores, Missouri                      9.4
Sydney Carter, Texas A&M                    8.2
Cokie Reed, Texas                                  8.1

SMITH NETS MILESTONES, NEARS BIG ONE: Bianca Smith scored 11 points at Kansas and in the process became the 23rd player in team history to reach 1,000 career points. She currently resides in 21st place on CU's all-time scoring list with 1,073 and is just 20 from cracking the Top 20.

Smith gives CU two 1,000 point scorers on the same team as she joins Brittany Spears who reached 1,000 last year and currently resides in 10th on CU's all-time list with 1,441. Having multiple 1,000 point scorers on the same team has happened several times in CU's history, and on two different occasions in the last decade alone. Jackie McFarland and Jasmina Ilic were 1,000-point teammates in 2006-07 and the Buffaloes had a trio of 1,000-point scorers in 2001-02 featuring Jenny Roulier, Mandy Nightingale and Britt Hartshorn.

Smith became CU's all-time leader in 3-point field goals attempted during the Nebraska game, hitting on 4-of-12 from deep. Smith now has 664, passing former CU All-American Shelley Sheetz who had 661 from 1991-95. Now with 245 career 3-pointers made, Smith needs just seven to catch Sheetz's all-time mark of 252. She has made seven 3-pointers in one game on three occasions, one of them coming in last season's 61-56 win at Missouri.

FRESHMEN THRIVING: Freshmen Chucky Jeffery and Meagan Malcolm-Peck have made major contributions in their first collegiate seasons.

Jeffery tops all Big 12 freshmen and ranks fourth overall in steals at 2.2 per game. She leads Colorado and ranks ninth in the Big 12 in assists (3.3 apg) and is second on the team in steals and rebounds (5.4 rpg) and is third in scoring (10.0 ppg). She has scored in double-digits in eight of the last 13 games, and recorded her first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in the home game against Nebraska. Jeffery had one of the best stat lines of the season in the nonconference finale against Yale recording 19 points on a perfect 7-of-7 from the field to go along with nine assists, seven rebounds, five steals and two blocks.

Malcolm-Peck leads CU and ranks seventh in the Big 12 in blocks (1.2 bpg). Her 30 blocks on the season are the fifth best by a freshman in team history. She is fourth on the team in rebounding (3.8 rpg) and sixth in scoring (5.5 ppg). Malcolm-Peck delivered one of the clutch performances of the season at Kansas State. After making just seven of her first 16 career free-throw attempts (.438), she drilled two attempts with 17 seconds remaining to give CU a four-point lead (61-57) en route to a 63-57 triumph. 

FRESSLE HEATING UP: After a slow start, sophomore guard Alyssa Fressle is finding her freshman form that gained her a spot on the 2009 Big 12 All-Rookie team. Fressle, who dished out a career-high tying eight assists at Nebraska, is second on the team in assists (2.6 apg) while ranking third in steals (1.4 spg) and fourth in scoring (6.8 ppg). Her numbers have improved during the Big 12 schedule as she is averaging 8.1 points and 1.8 steals per outing. Her 22 steals during the conference schedule rank eighth best among league players.

GETTING 'ER DUNN: Senior center Courtney Dunn is averaging 10.5 points over the last two games, shooting a blistering 73 percent over that span (8-of-11). Dunn has also made five of her last seven 3-point attempts (.714), nailing a career-high three in the game at Nebraska. Dunn  has two career double-doubles, both of which came in a four-game span. She had a career outing against Oklahoma State tying a career high (Denver) and setting a new Big 12 personal best 16 points while nabbing a career high and team single season high 14 rebounds. She also had a double-double at Texas Tech recording 10 points and a then personal-best 11 rebounds. She is averaging 8.0 points and 5.6 rebounds over the 12 league contests. Overall she has 160 points (6.7 ppg) and 150 rebounds (4.8 rpg) this season (24 games) after recording just 94 points and 85 rebounds combined in her first two seasons (48 games).

MULLANEY BOLSTERS BENCH: Junior guard Kelly Jo Mullaney continues to give Colorado key minutes and punch off the bench. She has provided double-digit minutes in nine of the last 11 games and has made five of her last nine from 3-point range. Mullaney averages 4.0 points and 2.0 rebounds for the Buffaloes and has hit 16-of-30 from 3-point range on the season. She had made just nine 3-pointers in 28 games in 2008-09. Mullaney is 10-of-18 from 3-point range during the Big 12 schedule.

ABOUT THE TIGERS: Missouri is 11-14 overall and in last place in the Big 12 at 1-11. The Tigers have lost their last seven games since recording their lone Big 12 win of the season which was at home against Baylor, 70-62, on Jan. 23. Missouri has certainly been in games with four of its 11 losses coming by four points or fewer, including two of the last three. Missouri has struggled to shoot the ball, hitting on only 38 percent for the season and averaging 63 points per game, but the Tigers have had success on the defensive end. MU allows only 60 points per game and ranks near the top of the Big 12 in steals (8.5 spg) and turnover margin (+4.4)

Senior forward Jessra Johnson leads Missouri at 12.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Senior forward Amanda Hanneman is second on the team in scoring at 9.5 points per game and tops the Tigers in 3-pointers with 36. Junior forward Shakara Jones averages 9.4 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 45 percent from the field. Junior guard RaeShara Brown tops the league in steals with 81 and averages 9.4 points and 3.2 assists per outing.

SERIES RECORDS: This will be the 67th meeting between Colorado and Missouri, tying the Nebraska series as the most played in team history. Colorado holds a 39-27 series lead over Missouri. A win on Tuesday would be Colorado's 40th over Missouri which would break a tie in its series against Nebraska (39-28) for its most wins over one team. Colorado won the first meeting this season, a 64-48 decision in Boulder in the league opener on Jan. 9. Missouri holds a slim 15-14 lead all-time in Columbia, but the Buffaloes have had recent success at Mizzou Arena where CU has won its last two and three of its five games played at the 6-year old arena.

Kathy McConnell-Miller is 5-5 against Missouri as a head coach, 5-4 while with Colorado.

COLORADO AND MISSOURI, LAST 10 GAMES:

Date                       Result                   Date                       Result
1/9/10 (H)              W, 64-48               1/28/07 (A)            L, 48-61
2/28/09 (H)            L, 55-66                1/3/07 (H)              W, 71-59
1/24/09 (A)            W, 61-56               2/18/06 (H)            L, 57-72
3/5/08 (H)              W, 63-47               1/18/06 (A)            L, 49-69
1/9/08 (A)              W, 70-58               2/9/05 (H)              L, 55-58

BIG 12 HONORS BUFFS: Colorado has been cited by the Big 12 Conference for weekly honors three times this season. Junior Brittany Spears was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Co-Player of the Week on Nov. 23, Meagan Malcolm-Peck was the Freshman of the Week on Dec. 28 and Chucky Jeffery was named top freshman on Jan. 11.

CU's three weekly recognitions are its most since 2007-08 when Spears was named Freshman of the Week four times and Bianca Smith was Player of the Week once. It is also the first time that two different CU newcomers have earned Freshman/Rookie of the Week honors in the same season since 2004-05 when Kara Richards and Jackie McFarland were both recognized.

Jeffery averaged 15.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 5.0 steals in Colorado's wins over Yale and Missouri. She tied a career-best with 19 points, connecting on all seven of her field goals attempts against Yale. Displaying her all-around game, Jeffery also registered a personal and team season-best nine assists to go along with seven rebounds, five steals and two blocked shots. Jeffery made her Big 12 debut by scoring 12 points and equaling a career-best eight rebounds and five steals in the win over Missouri. She hit 5-of-10 from the floor and also dished our four assists.

Malcolm-Peck pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds with four points in Colorado's win over San Jose State - her second double-digit rebounding effort of the season. She also recorded personal bests with four steals and three assists while tying a career high with three blocked shots. Malcolm-Peck's four steals came in the first eight minutes of the game as the Buffaloes built a 46-13 lead in the first half. For Malcolm-Peck it is her first weekly honor.

Spears was named to the Minnesota Subway Classic All-Tournament team after averaging 23 points and 10 rebounds in two games. She scored 19 points and pulled down seven rebounds in 25 minutes in the 63-49 win over Illinois-Chicago. She then recorded her 17th career double-double and second of the season with a game-high 27 points and 13 rebounds against Minnesota in the tournament final. She reached a double-double before intermission with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the opening 20 minutes. Spears hit 10-of-20 shots from the field and added four assists and four steals.

For Spears it was her fifth career Big 12 weekly honor, and first as Player of the Week.

STEAL-Y EYED: Colorado has been picking up steals in bunches this season. CU, which ranks third in the Big 12 in steals at 9.0 per game, has double-digit steals in 11 of 25 games this season. CU had only five games with double-digit steals in 2008-09. The 10 games of double-digit steals are the most in a season since the Buffaloes had 12 in 2003-04.

INDIVIDUALLY SPEAKING: Junior Brittany Spears leads Colorado with 55 steals this season and her 2.2 per game average ranks third in the Big 12. Spears, who already ranks 11th on CU's all-time steals list with 167, is the first player since CU All-American Shelley Sheetz to record 50 steals in each of her first three seasons (1991-92 to 1993-94). Freshman Chucky Jeffery is right behind Spears in number with 52 steals, ranking fourth in the Big 12 on a per game basis (2.2 spg). Jeffery is on pace for 63 steals (based on number of guaranteed games left) which would rank as the fourth best freshman season at Colorado.

CLIMBING THE LADDERS: Junior Brittany Spears and Senior Bianca Smith continue to make their impressions on the CU record book.

Spears, who became just the second player in team history (Lisa Van Goor) to reach 1,000 points as a sophomore, scored 17 points against Kansas to enter the CU's career Top 10 in scoring (1,441). She is also seventh in blocked shots (113), 3-pointers made (146) and attempted (435), 10th in rebounds (696), 11th in steals (167), 13th in field goals made (525) and 17th in free throws made (245).

Spears' possible climbs Tuesday:
1 3-point attempt for 6th
3 3-pointers made for 6th
5 rebounds for 9th
5 field goals made for 12th

Smith is CU's all-time leader in 3-pointers attempted (664) and needs just seven 3-pointers made to catch former CU All-American Shelley Sheetz for her career record of 252 set from 1991-95. Smith, who currently leads the Big 12 with 70 3-pointers this season, is the Big 12's active career leader in 3-pointers made and is 10th on the league's all-time 3-point list.

Smith is 21st on CU's all-time scoring list with 1,073. She needs 20 points to crack the Top 20.

MORE SMITH FROM '3': Bianca Smith has 70 3-pointers this season which is tied for fifth with Kate Fagan (2002-03) for fifth on CU's single-season list. She has already passed her 2008-09 season total of 63 and has a chance to break her own single-season school record of 80 set in 2007-08. Smith is the only player to appear on CU's single-season Top 10 for 3-pointers made in three different seasons.

RECORD NIGHT FROM '3': Colorado was on fire at Nebraska, making 15 3-point field goals on just 27 attempts (.556). The 15 3-pointers made were the Buffaloes most ever on the road and the second-best total in team history, just one off the 16 made against Buffalo on Jan. 3, 2004. Additionally, the 15 3-pointers set a Bob Devaney Sports Center record as well as a Nebraska opponent mark.

Colorado ranks second in the Big 12 and 21st in the nation at 7.6 3-pointers made per game. CU's 191 3-pointers ranks third on CU's single-season list. CU's 2007-08 WNIT semifinalist squad holds the current school record with 236.

HOUSTON TAKES LEAVE: Junior guard Whitney Houston has taken a leave of absence from the women's basketball team for personal reasons Kathy McConnell-Miller announced prior to CU's Big 12 opening win over Missouri. Houston, a native of Memphis, Tenn., had appeared in 12 of CU's 13 games prior to the announcement, logging two starts and averaging 4.2 points and 1.3 assists per game. No timetable has been set on her return.

SHUTTING DOWN OPPONENT'S 'O' EARLY: Colorado held San Jose State to 13 first-half points. Combined with the 11 allowed against Southern Utah in the previous game, the 24 points in back-to-back first halves are the lowest combined total in team history. The previous low total was 27 in 2001-02 in games against San Diego (36-18) and Bowling Green (53-9).

NUGGETS FROM THE SOUTHERN UTAH GAME: Colorado's 88-36 win over Southern Utah entered the Buffaloes' record book on several fronts:

Colorado's 42 point halftime lead (53-11) tied for the second largest in team history. The Buffaloes also held a 42 point lead against Colorado State on Nov. 16 1979 (63-21). The school record is a 44 point lead CU had against Bowling Green on Nov. 23, 2001 (53-9).

Southern Utah's 11 first half points tied for the fifth fewest by a CU opponent in any half. The school record is 8 set against Kansas State on March 7, 1992 (46-8).

Fewest Points In One Half By An Opponent
Date                Opponent                                  Points
3/7/92              vs. Kansas State                      8
11/23/01         vs. Bowling Green                   9
12/9/98           at Wyoming                               10
12/31/91         vs. New Mexcio                        10
12/19/09         vs. Southern Utah                  11
3/17/95           vs. SW Missouri State             11

Colorado's final winning margin of 52 points are CU's most since a 96-44 win over Bowling Green on Nov. 23, 2001.

Southern Utah's 36 total points tied for the 10th fewest allowed in team history and the fewest since giving up 35 to Kansas on Jan. 16, 2002.

IMPRESSIVE POINT SWING: The 63 point swing from last year's 77-40 loss to Seton Hall to this year's 80-54 win is the second largest in a series in team history (games no longer than two seasons apart). The Buffaloes had a 67 point swing against Idaho State during the 1981-82 season. Here are the top point swings in team history.

Opponent         Margin         Date      Margin          Date        Difference
Idaho State        -6 (55-61)     1/22/82  +61 (116-55) 2/13/82    +67
Seton Hall         -37 (40-77)   12/9/08  +26 (80-54)   12/6/09    +63
Nebraska           -41 (49-90)   1/6/99    +17 (70-53)   1/23/99    +58
Colorado State   -39 (42-81)   2/6/75    +15 (53-38)   11/20/75  +54
Illinois                 -44 (44-88)   1/4/98    +8 (78-70)     12/28/99  +52
Texas A&M        -9 (60-69)     1/6/92    +41 (92-51)   12/31/92  +50

FRESHMAN DEBUTS: A pair of true freshmen made their collegiate debuts and made significant contributions to the Buffaloes come-back win against UC Irvine. Forward Meagan Malcolm-Peck got the starting nod and responded with six points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Guard Chucky Jeffery came off the bench and registered four points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Malcolm-Peck's start marked the fourth straight year the Buffaloes have had a freshman in the initial season starting lineup. The three others: Bianca Smith in 2006, Brittany Spears in 2007 and Alyssa Fressle in 2008.

MEMORABLE COMEBACK: Colorado's comeback from a 14-point halftime deficit to win against UC Irvine ties for the third-largest margin achieved in team history. The Buffaloes trailed the Anteaters 33-19 at the break before outscoring them 42-23 in the final 20 minutes.

Colorado came back from 19 down against the University of Washington on Dec. 21, 1982, at the Guisti Tournament in Portland, Ore.CU trailed 35-16 at halftime before winning 67-65. Colorado came back from 15 points down against Kansas State on Jan. 31, 2007, that game included a 23-0 second half run.

CU's Top Halftime Comebacks:
Date          Opp.                             Half             Final                 Margi
12/21/82   Washington (N)         UW 35-16   CU 67-65        19
1/31/07     Kansas State (H)       KS 39-24    CU 66-55        15
11/15/09   UC Irvine (H)             UCI 33-19  CU 61-56        14
12/1/83     Wyoming (A)              UW 35-21   CU 57-56        14
12/20/03   Southern Cal (A)       SC 39-27    CU 69-67        12
2/19/00     Texas (H)                    UT 38-26    CU 79-65        12

CAPTAINS NAMED: Before the season opener head coach Kathy McConnell-Miller announced that Brittany Spears, Whitney Houston and Bianca Smith were named captains for the 2009-10 season. Smith is a captain for the second straight year while Houston and Spears are first time captains. CU captains are voted on by the players.

BUFFS IN OPENERS: Colorado is now 31-5 (.861) all-time in season openers and started the season with a home game for the 24th time in 36 seasons. Colorado is an outstanding 34-2 (.944) all-time in home openers. Colorado has never lost its overall season opener when played at home (24-0).

TOUGH SCHEDULE: Colorado once again faces a tough schedule with potentially 16 games -- or 55 percent of the regular season schedule -- against 2009 NCAA or WNIT tournament teams. Eight of CU's 2009-10 opponents are currently ranked in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches poll while seven are ranked in the Associated Press poll.

HOME AT THE CECC: Colorado is traditionally tough at home with a 340-112 all-time record at the Coors Events/Conference Center (.752). The Buffaloes have won 10 or more games in a season at the CECC in 21 of the previous 32 years. The Buffaloes have enjoyed five undefeated seasons (1980-83, 1992-94) at the CECC.

BUFFS ON TV: Colorado's regular season schedule featured nine games televised either regionally or nationally, eight of which were at home. CU opened its first of eight FSN Rocky Mountain games on Dec. 2, against Denver. FSN Rocky Mountain also televised home games against Virginia (Jan. 2), Missouri (Jan. 9), Iowa State (Jan. 16), Oklahoma State (Jan. 24), Nebraska (Jan. 30), Texas (Feb. 10) and Kansas (Feb. 16). The games against Missouri and Oklahoma State were televised nationally on FSN as part of the network's Big 12 package. Colorado's game at Kansas State (Jan. 20) was produced by FSN Kansas City, but will also picked up by FSN Rocky Mountain.

CU has appeared on 81 regional or national telecasts over the last nine seasons.

BUFFS SIGN THREE: Shae Kelley, Ashley Wilson and Brittany Wilson have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball and continue their education at the University of Colorado in 2010-11, CU head coach Kathy McConnell-Miller announced Nov. 12, during the NCAA early signing period. Kelley, a 6-foot forward from Denver, is a two-time All-State honorable mention and All-Denver Prep League pick out of East High School. Kelley will be the fifth Denver Public Schools player to suit up for the Buffaloes and the first since Montbello's Nikki Weddle (1997-99). Ashley and Brittany are identical twin 5-8 guards from Long Beach, Calif. Playing for one of the most storied programs in Southern California, the Wilson twins have won three consecutive CIF Division I state titles with nationally-ranked Long Beach Poly.

SMITH GAINS FULL SEASON: Senior guard Bianca Smith was formally released from the National Letter of Intent she originally signed at the University of Tulsa earlier this summer, allowing her to gain back the semester of eligibility she would have otherwise had to surrender this season. Smith is now eligible to play the entire 2009-10 season for the Buffaloes. Smith, a native of Missouri City, Texas, had signed an NLI in November 2004 with Tulsa, who at the time was coached by current CU head coach Kathy McConnell-Miller. When McConnell-Miller took over the Colorado program in April 2005, Smith decided to follow her to Boulder.

She never enrolled at Tulsa, but was faced with sitting out two full seasons, one for not honoring her NLI commitment to Tulsa and a second for transferring to another NCAA Division I school. Smith was able to use her redshirt year to fulfill the NCAA transfer obligation, sitting out the 2005-06 season. She successfully petitioned the NLI Appeals Committee in 2005 to gain one semester back, but was still faced with losing one semester under the NLI commitment.

In the spring of 2009 then-CU-Boulder Chancellor Bud Peterson contacted Tulsa President, Dr. Steadman Upham, on behalf of Smith and the University of Colorado to ask for Smith's full release. Thanks to cooperation from both universities and athletic departments, Smith was released and rewarded a full final season. 

BUFFS PICKED 11TH...AGAIN: For the fourth straight season Colorado was picked to finish 11th in the annaul Big 12 Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.

In one of the closest votes at the top in recent memory, Baylor was picked to win the 2010 title with five first place votes and 109 total points, edging out Texas and Kansas who tied for second with 106 points (3 first place votes each). Texas A&M was picked fourth with 87 votes and picked up the final first place vote. Defending champion Oklahoma was fifth (86), followed by Nebraska (80), Iowa State (59), Kansas State (44), Oklahoma State (41), Texas Tech (38), Colorado (22) and Missouri (15).

The Buffaloes have fared better than the Big 12 coaches preseason prediction three of four seasons under Kathy McConnell-Miller:

Season                                Preseason                 Actual
2009-10                               11th                             ??
2008-09                               11th                             12th
2007-08                               11th                             9th
2006-07                               11th                             t-7th
2005-06                               12th                             11th

 

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