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MBB Take On Jayhawks Saturday

Courtesy: Andrew Green, Assistant SID
Release: January 16, 2009
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Senior forward Jermyl Jackson-Wilson   By CUBuffs.com

vs. THE JAYHAWKS... Since 2004 Kansas has won the last five in a row in Boulder and hold a 37-26 advantage in Boulder. Overall, KU leads the all-time series, 115-39. CU last defeated the then No. 6/6 Jayhawks, 60-59 back on Jan. 22, 2003. During the 2002-03 season, CU defeated four nationally ranked schools.   



vs. Kansas Jayhawks (12-4, 1-0 Big 12 Conference)

Saturday, Jan. 17, 1:30 p.m. (MST.); 

Arena: Coors Events Center (11,064)

Television: ABC

Announcers: Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes

Radio: KKZN 760

Announcers: Mark Johnson, Charles Johnson

SIRIUS XM Radio Channel 125; ESPN360.com


COMPLETE NOTES located at bottom of page ....


FT RECORD HOLDER... Despite missing his first free throw attempt at Missouri, Cory Higgins holds the Big 12 and Colorado school record with 45-consecutive made free throws. After his miss at Mizzou, Higgins started a new streak by making his next six in a row. In his last 10 games, he’s 59-of-62 (.952) from the stripe. The previous mark for consecutive makes was 39 (Joey Graham, OSU, 2004-05). The CU record was 39, Rob Gonzalez, Jan. 10-Feb. 26, 1983 (13 games).

QUICK LOOK AT KU... KU enters today’s game with a 12-4 record and 1-0 in Big 12 play after defeating Kansas State, 87-71, Tuesday in Lawrence. The Jayhawks are not nationally ranked. The last time KU was not ranked playing in Boulder was  Jan. 11, 2006. Kansas didn’t get ranked that season until Feb. 14, 2006. KU has seven players averaging over 18 or more minutes and Sherron Collins has led KU in scoring 11 times. The Jayhawks have won 11 games at home, one on a neutral court and are 0-2 on the road (Arizona, 84-67; Michigan State, 75-62).


LAST GAME RECAP... Missouri shot 63.3 percent from the field, placed six players in double-digits and capitalized on 26 CU turnovers into 30 points for a 107-62 home win on Wednesday. Freshman reserve guard Ryan Kelley led all scorers with 19 points with Dwight Thorne and Cory Higgins adding 13 and 12 points, respectively. Higgins also tied a career-best five steals.


Work in progress... Although Coach Bzdelik and his team have had their ups and downs in his second year (8-7) and with the tough conference season ahead, let’s take a look at three of the school’s all-time winningest coaches in football, men’s and women’s basketball in their second season.

   Football: Bill McCartney, 13 seasons (1982-1994), 93-55-5 (.624): 4-7 in second year.

   Men’s BB: Sox Walseth, 20 seasons (1957-76), 261-245 (.516): 8-15 in second year.

   Women’s BB: Ceal Barry, 22 seasons (1983-2005), 427-242 (.638), 6-22 in second year.


30+ MINUTE MEN... Only four CU players have played 30+ minutes of each game. Cory Higgins has played 30+ minutes in 14 of 15 games;  Nate Tomlinson 11 of 14 games (missed a game due to injury); Austin Dufault in 10 of 15, and Dwight Thorne II nine of 15 games.


FALL 2008 SEMESTER... The CU men have nine student-athletes with a 2.9 grade point average or higher. The team also has five student-athletes with a 3.0 or better G.P.A. (Trent Beckley, Austin Dufault, Trey Eckloff, Levi Knutson, Andrew Zehnder).


BROADCAST... The Colorado men’s basketball team can be heard live on KKZN AM 760. Mark Johnson and Charles Johnson call the action including the pre- and postgame. Live internet audio of all CU basketball games is available through Yahoo! Sports. Colorado’s games will also be streamed live on CUBuffs.com through the BuffsTV subscription service.


BUFF BITS... CU is shooting 82.4 percent (89-of-108) from the free throw line over the past six outings. Eight of 11 players who have gone to the stripe during that time are hitting at 72.7 percent or better  • CU has made a 3-pointer in 210-straight games dating back to the 2001-02 season • CU has used the same starting line up for nine straight games (Tomlinson, Higgins, Dufault, Thorne II, Jackson-Wilson) • Dufault, Higgins, Thorne II have started all 15 games • For the third straight game (Western State, SMU, at Missouri), CU failed to record a blocked shot in a game, that’s never happened before. The 1977-78 season was the first season blocks were kept track of.


CU NATIONALLY... Before this week’s play began, Cory Higgins ranked among the nation’s elite players in three categories, while the CU team ranks 19th in field goal percentage (.487).

68) Cory Higgins  84.0 Free Throw %

75) Cory Higgins  53.2 Field Goal %

81) Cory Higgins  17.9 points per game


RAINBOW CLASSIC RECAP... CU went 1-2 over the three days with its lone win coming on the opening day against Coppin State. CU sophomore Cory Higgins was named to the All-Tournament team leading the Buffaloes in scoring in every game and averaging 18 points a game. He also recorded his first career double-double (21 pts., 10 rebs.) against Coppin State. CU averaged 66.3 ppg., shot .489 from the field (69-of-141) with an impressive .852 from the free throw line (46-of-54). All-Tournament Team: Cory Higgins, Colorado; Calvin Betts, Buffalo; Roderick Flemings, Hawai‘i; Mike Trimboli, Vermont; Marcus Walker, Colorado State; Andy Robinson, Buffalo (MVP).


BB HOMECOMING... On Jan. 23 and 24, the men’s basketball team is sponsoring a Homecoming Weekend for former CU alums. Last season, Coach Bzdelik started this tradition in the hopes of bringing back former alumni and honor those who have played for past Buffalo teams. On Friday, a reception from 6-9 p.m. will be held at the Broker Inn, and on Saturday former players will meet two hours before tip at the Events Center. C-Club director Bill Harris and former Buff Scott Wilke are in the process of notifying alums; for more information, contact Bill at 303-492-5065 or at bill.harris@cufund.org or Scott at wilke@mesanetworks.net. Alums will also have the opportunity to tour the newly refurbished lockerroom and weight room at the Coors Events Center, and will then join the Buff Club for pregame on the second level at 2:30 pm.

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