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Buffs Head To Puerto Rico, Take on Wichita State
Release: November 16, 2011
By: CUBuffs.com
GAME #2 vs. Wichita State Shockers (1-0)
Thurs., Nov. 17, 5:30 p.m. (MST); Coliseo de Puerto Rico (18,500)
Fifth Annual 5-hour ENERGY® Puerto Rico Tip-off  (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Television: ESPNU  Announcers: Jon Sciambi, Hubert Davis
760 KKZN: Chris Lewis (p-b-p). Sirius Radio: 134

Series vs. Wichita State: WSU leads 5-3 (3-1 at Boulder, 0-4 at WSU), last played Dec. 8, 1971. WSU has won two-straight.

QUICKLY: The Buffaloes have now won four straight season openers, and 15 of their last 16 openers • CU last started the season 2-0 in 2009-10 when they won their first three games (all at home) • Andre Roberson grabbed 15 rebounds against Fort Lewis College, the most since he grabbed 15 against Iowa State (Mar. 9) • Roberson's sixth career double-double, Dufault's second.

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE: CU has won 25-consecutive home games in non-conference play.  The Buffs were 12-0 last season, 8-0 in 2009-10, and won their last four in 2008-09. The 25-game streak ranks second all-time in school history. The Buffs won 35 in a row at home from Dec. 4, 1976 thru Dec. 5, 1981.

SEASON OPENER: CU placed four players in double figures en route to an 85-57 home win over Fort Lewis College, Nov. 11 at the Coors Events Center. Senior Austin Dufault (18 pts., 10 rebs.) and sophomore Andre Roberson (13 pts., 15 rebs.) recorded double-doubles, with senior Carlon Brown (13 pts.) and junior-transfer reserve Sabatino Chen (10 pts.) leading the point total. Fort Lewis College plays in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference was led by Matt Billups with 23 points. CU shot 50 percent in the first half (49.2% for the game) and out-rebounded the Skyhawks 48-31 on the boards. The pair of double-doubles in one game matches last year when Roberson and Alec Burks did the feat against Kent State in the NIT quarterfinals.

TOURNAMENT NOTES: Every team in the Fifth Annual 5-hour ENERGY® Puerto Rico Tip-off won at least 20 or more games last season except Maryland (19). CU won a school-record 24 games.  This is CU's second trip to San Juan and last made the trip in November 1998. The Buffs lost to Kentucky (64-52) and Xavier (74-61), and defeated American-Puerto Rico (101-56). CU last won a mid-season tourney in 2003 when they won the Pepsi Classic in Charlotte defeating Louisiana-Lafayette (75-56), Charlotte (76-74) and Loyola-Chicago (76-72).

Against the 2011 PUERTO RICO Tip-Off Field:

vs. Wichita State: Shockers leads 5-3 (last played Dec. 8, 1971).

vs. Alabama: 'Tide leads 1-0 (last played Mar. 29, 2011, NIT Semis).

vs. Maryland: never played

vs. Iona: never played

vs.  Purdue: Tied 1-1 (last played Dec. 3, 1988)

vs. Temple: Owls lead 3-1 (last played Dec. 22, 1948)

vs.  Western Michigan: never played

Coliseo de Puerto Rico: The José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, officially named "Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot" (and nicknamed El Choliseo, in honor of Agrelot's character, Don Cholito), is the biggest indoor arena in Puerto Rico dedicated to entertainment. It is located at the Golden Mile of San Juan, the island capital. The coliseum opened its doors to the public in September 2004 after a prolonged construction financed by the Government of Puerto Rico. This venue is owned by the Puerto Rico Convention District Authority, a public corporation of Puerto Rico, and managed by SMG. It can accommodate up to 18,500 spectators and can be reached by the Tren Urbano (Urban Train) system from a nearby station. The arena hosted the first WWE pay-per-view event outside the continental United States, Canada and the United Kingdom when New Years Revolution was held there in 2005. As of November 2009, the arena has received over 3 million spectators, hosting more than 516 events with a gross ticket revenue of over $128 million. On May 26, 2011, the "Choliseo" was ranked 8th on the "Top 50 Arena Venues" of the world and second of the West Hemisphere in worldwide ticket sales by Pollstar Magazine.

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
(NON-CONFERENCE PLAY)

35 games: Dec. 4, 1976 - Dec. 5, 1981
25 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.

2010-11 Highlites:
Head Coach Tad Boyle

  • Most wins by a CU first-year head coach (24).
  • School record most wins in a season (24).
  • Most home wins in a season (18).
  • Highest Big 12 conference finish (t-5th) since 2005-06.
  • Five-year head coaching record: 80-80 (.500).
  • After one season has three post-season victories ranking tied for third place among CU coaches.
  • After one season, holds the best winning percentage of CU coaches in post-season play (3-1, .750).
  • First CU head coach since Henry Iba (1933-34) to win his first three conference games.
  • First CU coach since H.B. Lee (1950-51) to win first two conference games in his first year.
  • Named National Coach of the Week by The Hoops Report (Jan. 10-16, 2011).
  • Successfully won his CU debut with an 88-80 home win against Idaho State (Nov. 12).
  • Became first CU head coach in 20 years (1990-91) to win coaching debut.

Team Records

  • Most games played in a season (38) Most minutes (7,675).
  • Four attendance marks: most sellouts a season (5); all games (140,284); conference total (78,472); conference average (9,809).
  • Points scored in a season (3,025) - a school-first over 3,000 points.
  • Most FGs Made (1,058) - a school first over 1,000 made FGs.
  • Most rebounds (1,367) FG Attempts (2,237), FTs made (679), FT Attempts (873), FT% (77.8), Most personal fouls (697).
  • School-first, seven players to make at least 100 FGs in a season.
  • Number of times with single-digit turnovers in a game (13).
  • Most players with over 1,000 minutes played in a season (4).
  • Tied school record for most 90 or more points in a season (8).
  • Defeated NCAA Tournament Teams: Kansas State (three times), Texas and Missouri.
  • Advanced to the NIT Final Four and appearance at Madison Square Garden.

Other Team Notes:

  • 5th nationally in free throw percentage (77.8) 1st in Big 12 FT% (all games & conference-only).
  • 12th nationally in scoring (79.6) 19th in FG% (47.3) 37th in turnovers (11.7) 50th in 3-point FG% (37.2).
  • Second all-time: three-pointers made (230), three-point percentage (37.2).
  • Won three Big 12 road games for the first time since 1996-97 season.
  • Four wins in nine games against nationally ranked opponents, the most since winning four in 2002-03.
  • Defeated NCAA Tournament Teams: Kansas State (three times), Texas and Missouri.
  • Advanced to the NIT Final Four and appearance at Madison Square Garden.
  • Committed a NIT low five turnovers vs. California Scored the most first half points of the NIT (44 vs. Texas Southern).
  • Attendance ranked third overall of NIT (three) home games (7,659.3).
  • Final NCAA RPI #64 nationally (7th Big 12 school overall).
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