GAME #5 at Air Force Academy Falcons (3-0)
Wed., Nov. 23, 7 p.m. (MST); Clune Arena (5,858)
Television: The Mtn. Announcers: Bill Doleman, Marty Fletcher
760 KKZN: Mark Johnson (p-b-p), Chris Lewis (analyst)
Series vs. USAFA: CU leads 17-3 (CU 8-1 at Boulder; 8-2 at AFA, 1-0 neutral court). Last played: CU, 60-50 (Nov. 29, 2007) at AFA
CU vs. Mountain West Conference: 168-97 (.634)
QUICKLY: Colorado is playing their second game in four days after going 1-2 at the Fifth Annual 5-hour ENERGY® Puerto Rico Tip-off in San Juan. The Buffaloes rallied from a 12-point first half deficit to defeat Western Michigan on Sunday • CU lost to Wichita State and Maryland on back-to-back days by single digits • Games at Air Force (Nov. 23) and Colorado State (Nov. 30) close out the road non-conference schedule for the Buffs.
SAN JUAN RECAP: The Buffs went 1-2 last week in San Juan, the same record they achieved back 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).
RECEIVING VOTES...Pac-12 Player of the Week: Although not selected, senior guard Carlon Brown averaged 17.3 points and four rebounds over three games leading Colorado to a 1-2 record in San Juan. Brown's biggest game was a game-high 23 points with six rebounds and four assists helping the Buffaloes defeat Western Michigan, 81-76 on the final day. The Riverside, Calif. native scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half as the Buffs rallied from a four-point half-time deficit. CU trailed by as many as 12 midway through the first half. Over the three games, Brown shot 52.6 percent from the field (20-of-38) and 88.9 percent (8-of-9) from the free throw line. Brown also scored a team-high 15 points in the loss against Wichita State and 14 points in the loss to Maryland.
AT PUERTO RICO
- First-ever meeting with Western Michigan; CU is now 5-2 against the MAC.
- Also first meeting with Maryland; CU is 4-5 against the ACC.
- CU trails Wichita State 6-3; 13-18 overall against the Missouri Valley.
- CU wore silver uniforms for the first time this season (Western Michigan).
- CU was the home team in all three games.
- CU has played three-straight single-digit games.
- Against WMU, CU attempted a first half high 13 three-pointers and 21 for the game. Season-high six blocked shots (all in the first half).
- Placed four players in double-digits against W. Michigan, second time this season (both wins).
- Against the Broncos, shot 45.6 percent from the field and 81.5 percent from the free throw line - both season-bests.
- Season-high 11 points and four assists off the bench vs. Western Michigan.
- Swiped a season-best four steals; all four in the first half vs. Maryland; Led CU in assists (4) and steals (4) for the first time.
- Season-high 23 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists vs. Western Michigan.
- Scored 10 or more points in every game.
- Reached the 700-point plateau (732 pts.).
- Shooting 61.1 percent FG%
- Career-high with eight points and eight rebounds off the bench.
- Plagued by foul trouble against WMU, did collect six rebounds in 11 minutes.
- Scored a career-high 21 points tying a career-best seven field goals made vs. Maryland.
- Had at least one blocked shot in the first three games played (45 total).
- Led CU on the boards for the third straight game (13 vs. Maryland), 44 for the season.
- 44 rebounds for the season ties a four-game stretch last season where he had 44.
- Seventh career double-double (21 points, 13 rebounds) against the Terps.
- All four games with at least three assists; tied season-high four assists against Western Michigan.
- Assist-to-Turnover Ratio 2.8
DOUBLE-DOUBLE? Andre Roberson (10.3 ppg., 11.0 rpg.) is looking to become CU's first double-double guy since Stephane Pelle in 2001-02. Pelle average 12.8 points and 10.8 rebounds.
2012 TOURNAMENT: The University of Colorado men's basketball team will be one of eight schools invited to participate at the 2012 DIRECTV Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant, Nov. 15, 16 and 18 at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. The tournament to be held Thursday, Friday and Sunday, features the Buffaloes, Baylor, Boston College, Charleston, Dayton, St. John's and Southern Illinois. This marks the fifth straight year CU will be participating in a mid-season tournament. Presently the Buffs are participating at the 2011 5-hour ENERGY® Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan. Last year they participated at the iBN Las Vegas Classic; in 2009-10 at the EA Sports Maui Invitational; and in 2008-09 at the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu. The 2012 Charleston Classic will feature 12 games over the three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship match Sunday, Nov. 18.
HOME SWEET HOME: 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.
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
ROOT SPORTS: The CU men's basketball team will be featured live eight times on ROOT SPORTSTM during the 2011-12 season. The network's schedule also includes five Pac-12 matchups. All eight telecasts are at the Coors Events Center where CU set four attendance records a year ago during its 24-win campaign, the most victories in school history. Eighteen of the 24 wins under head coach Tad Boyle occurred at home, including five sellouts. Drew Goodman will handle play-by-play duties for all CU men's basketball broadcasts, along with former CU women's basketball coach Ceal Barry (analyst) and Alanna Rizzo (sideline reporter). All CU men's basketball events air throughout the Rocky Mountain territory and will be available nationally on DIRECTV and DISH Network.
BLOCKS & BOARDS: Andre Roberson became the sixth CU freshman to lead the team in blocked shots (the others: Shane Harris-Tunks, David Harrison, Stephane Pelle, Carlton Carter, Matt Bullard). In addition, Roberson was 100th nationally in rebounding per game (7.8 rpg.) and tied for fifth nationally in freshman rebounding (only player with zero starts). Of the top six freshman rebounders, Roberson ranked second of the six per 40 minutes on the glass.
BASKETBALL ATTENDANCE NUMBERS: Colorado finished 77th nationally in men's basketball attendance, averaging 7,014 fans for 20 home games; the 140,284 for those 20 contests was a school record, with the 7,014 figure second only to the 7,659 the Buffaloes averaged during the 1983-84 season. In conference play, CU's 9,623 per game was a school best, topping the 9,147 for Big 8 games during that '83-84 campaign; the old Big 12 best was 8,995 set in 2002-03. The Buffs averaged 6,267 per game in 2009-10, so the increase was 747 per game, or 12 percent higher this past season, just outside the top 20 in the NCAA for largest improvement. CU was 86th in attendance in 2009-10, so the Buffs moved up nine spots; if you remember, the increase a year ago was 1,630 per game, which was sixth in the nation. So over the last two years, the Buffs have increased attendance by 2,377 per contest, pretty solid growth.