at Washington Huskies (10-6, 2-1 Pac-12); Sunday, Jan. 12, 1:00 p.m. (MST)
Arena: Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000)
Television: Fox Sports 1; Announcers: Aaron Goldsmith, Marques Johnson
Comcast: 77 (no Fox Sports 2)
DirecTV: 219 (Fox Sports 2: 618)
DISH: 150 (Fox Sports 2: 398)
AM 70 AM: Mark Johnson, Scott Wilke Satellite Radio: Sirius: 91; XM 91 (UW Broadcast)
CU vs. Washington: UW leads 8-7 and a 6-1 advantage in Seattle. CU’s only win at UW was Dec. 21, 1956 (65-53) - 58 years ago.
QUICKLY: Colorado is 3-0 to begin Pac-12 play for the second time in three years (2011-12) • CU is 14-2 on the season matching the 1968-69 team after 16 games (that team with All-American Cliff Meely won the Big Eight Championship) • CU enters the game as the No. 15/No. 17 ranked team in the national polls • Fifth straight week ranked in the AP poll (longest since 1997 season, 8-straight weeks), fourth in the Coaches Poll • Tre’Shaun Fletcher returns home to the state of Washington. He’s the first CU MBB student-athlete from of Washington since 1999-2000 (Sam Sanders) • CU is 8-1 in single-digit games.
NATIONAL NOTES: Spencer Dinwiddie leads the team in 3-point shooting at .419 (26-of-62), while the rest of the team is shooting .289 (65-of-225).
• The Buffaloes have been getting to the free-throw line a lot more often than their opponents this season.
Team Own Opp Diff
Kentucky Wildcats 34.1 19.7 +14.4
Colorado Buffaloes 31.2 17.9 +13.3
Pac-12, Most Players Averaging 12.0+ Minutes per Game (2013-14)
Washington State 9
Oregon State 9
Colorado Buffaloes 8
INDIVIDUAL TRENDS: CU has won four straight games and during those games, Askia Booker has led the Buffs in scoring three of four games (19.3 ppg.); Josh Scott has led in rebounding (11.2 rpg.) in five straight with four double-doubles; Spencer Dinwiddie has led in assists seven of the last nine games; Scott has eight blocks in three Pac-12 games and is tied in the Pac-12 in double-doubles with eight. Prior to road win at Washington State, Scott rattled off five consecutive double-doubles (Andre Roberson, CU’s second all-time leading rebounder only had four in a row in his career) • With two minutes to play in the game (overtime excluded), Spencer Dinwiddie is shooting 84.8 career percentage from the free throw line (89-of-105).
IF THE BUFFS WIN SUNDAY AT WASHINGTON: A 15-2 record to start the season would be the second best start in school history after the 1939-40 NCAA Final Four team that started 17-2 (finished 17-4) • A 4-0 conference start, a school-first since CU’s first year in the Big 12 Conference (started 6-0) • CU’s first win in Seattle since Dec. 21, 1956 (65-53), 58 years ago and the Buffaloes would tie the all-time series at 8-8 • Coach Boyle would improve to 2-1 against the Huskies.
Boyle to team with colleagues to support Coaches vs. Cancer: Head coach Tad Boyle is scheduled to team with coaches from around the nation during the seventh annual Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, May 18-20. Since its inception, the event has netted nearly $1.5 million to directly benefit the American Cancer Society’s effort to finish the fight against cancer. Coaches vs. Cancer is a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
The following coaches are scheduled (at this time) to join Boyle at the event in May: Roy Williams, North Carolina; Lon Kruger, Oklahoma; Tubby Smith, Texas Tech; John Beilein, Michigan; Dave Rice, UNLV; Tim Miles, Nebraska; Frank Martin, South Carolina; Bruce Weber, Kansas State; Bob Chipman, Washburn; Craig Neal, New Mexico; Travis Ford, Oklahoma State; Larry Eustachy, Colorado State; Billy Tubbs, Oklahoma; Tim Jankovich, SMU; Dana Altman, Oregon; Larry Krystkowiak, Utah; Brad Underwood, Stephen F. Austin; and Fran Fraschilla, ESPN.
More than 50 foursomes from around the nation will be a part of the three-day event which includes two days of golf at two of the West’s finest courses – Shadow Creek and Southern Highlands – and two uniquely Vegas evening events, featuring live entertainment poolside at MGM Grand. The event brings together college basketball coaches and business leaders from around the nation to support the American Cancer Society which ultimately results in the celebration of more birthdays.
PAC-12 POW: Askia Booker was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week, his second of the season (third career). He averaged 20.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game as CU opened conference play with victories against Oregon State and Oregon. Booker recorded a career-high 27 points in the 100-91 upset win over Oregon, posting a season-best seven rebounds with four assists and a steal. The junior shot 8-of-16 from the field (.500 FG percentage) and 10-of-12 from the charity stripe (.833 FT percentage). In the 64-58 win over Oregon State, Booker led CU with a team-high 13 points four rebounds, four steals, and two assists.
SCHOOL RECORD: CU went 26-for-26 from the charity stripe against Georgia, marking their first perfect outing from the line since Feb. 27, 2010 (12-of-12 vs. Iowa State). It also marked the first time in program history that a CU squad shot 1.000 from the line while attempting at least 15 FTs. This was just the 10th known time in CU history that CU was perfect from the FT line and just the sixth time with 10 or more FTA.
MBB MISCELLANOUS: Coach Boyle’s winning percentage (.675) is the best of any CU head coach in men’s hoops history (min. 2 years) • CU has held the opponent to shoot under 39 percent in six games this season (Colorado State the lowest at 33.3%) • CU is 15-3 when the game is a home sellout • CU is 13-5 when committing single-digit turnovers over the last four years (CU has performed single-digit turnovers five times this season) • CU has made at least one three-pointer in 382-straight games (dating back to Jan. 19, 2002) • CU played only eight in the rotation against Oregon State, the smallest line up this season • CU tied a season high 6 blocked shots vs. Oregon, Oregon State, and Harvard.
NATIONAL POLLS: The CU men’s basketball team (14-2, 3-0 Pac-12) moved up in both Top-25 national polls as the No. 15 team in Associated Press, and No. 17 in the USA Today/Coaches’ Poll, respectively. Last week, they were No. 20 and No. 24 in the respective polls. The No. 15 AP ranking is the highest since being No. 10 team in the 1969-70 preseason poll. In addition, the No. 15 ranking matches CU’s No. 15 nod during the 1996-97 campaign where they held that slot for two consecutive weeks from Feb. 4 and Feb. 11, 1997. In the USA Today/Coaches’ Poll, the Buffs moved up significantly from last week’s No. 24 ranking, where they held that spot for three straight weeks, moved up to No. 17. It’s the highest CU ranking in the Coaches Poll since being No. 19 in 2012-13 (Nov. 26-Dec. 2).
BuffS Primetime: For the third straight year, the Buffaloes Primetime Radio Show will be at Carelli’s of Boulder, located at 645 30th Street. Buffs PrimeTime is hosted by Mark Johnson every Tuesday night at Carelli’s beginning at 7 p.m. The show can be heard on 850 KOA and streamed live at 850KOA.com. Fans are welcome to attend and be part of the studio audience. Head Coach Tad Boyle and one men’s player will be in attendance to talk about the season.
LAST FOUR YEARS UNDER BOYLE: CU is 11-11 against nationally ranked opponents and 5-6 against the nation’s Top-10 • CU has defeated a nationally ranked opponent at least once since 2010-11 • In the history of the Coors Events Center (1979-80), the Buffs have defeated 11, top-10 ranked teams (AP poll) in the building’s history. The other top-10 wins: No. 10 Oregon, 100-91; No. 9 Arizona, 71-58, No. 5 Texas, 91-89; No. 9 Missouri, 89-76.
Winning Streaks (in a single season)
14* Dec. 27, 1941-Feb. 28, 1942
12** Dec. 30, 1961-Feb. 26, 1962
12^ Jan. 13, 1939-Mar. 15, 1939
10 Nov. 10-Dec. 13, 2013
10 Dec. 22, 1944-Feb. 8, 1945
*-NCAA Final Four Season
^-NCAA/NIT Season (CU was first school to be invited to both post-season tournaments; only 12 schools have performed this feat)
COACH BOYLE/ Ronald McDonald House: The “Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge,” and it is an on-line voting contest of 48 NCAA basketball coaches who compete against one another over a 10-week period to raise money for their designated charity.
CU head coach Tad Boyle is a part of the promotion and has selected Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver as his charity of choice. Based on how far he advances in the Tournament, Ronald McDonald House can make between $1,000 and $100,000!
Here’s where we need your help…Voting for the first round begins at 1pm Monday (Jan. 6) and ends on Jan. 26. After that, just 24 coaches advance, each of them earning $1,000 for their charity. We need to get Coach Boyle through to the second round, so please vote today at www.espn.com/infiniti. And then, vote again every day until Jan. 26. (Hint: Set a reminder in your Outlook Calendar or SmartPhone so you won’t forget!)
HAWAII NEXT SEASON: The CU men’s team will be one of eight teams playing at the 2014 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i next Christmas. Dates are to be determined. The field for the sixth annual event also includes George Washington, Nebraska, Ohio, Wichita State and tournament host Hawai’i. Two more teams will be announced at a later date to round out the eight-team field. The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, an eight-team men’s college basketball tournament, will feature 12 games through three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through the bracket. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in the championship game on the final day of the tournament. Previous tournament champions of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic include USC (2009), Butler (2010), Kansas State (2011) and Arizona (2012), currently the top-ranked team in the nation.