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Carlon Brown receives the Most Outstanding Player Trophy from Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott
Buffs To Make 11th NCAA Appearance, Brown Pac-12 MOP
Release: March 10, 2012
By: CUBuffs.com
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Colorado has 23 wins for just the second time (24 in 2010-11). The 47 wins over the last two years is a school-best for any two season span.

NCAA BOUND: Colorado receives the Pac-12 Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as the Buffaloes will make their first appearance since 2003 just the third since 1970. This will be Colorado’s 11th trip to the NCAA Tournament with an all-time record of 9-12. CU’s best finish was a trip to the 1955 Final Four.

CARLON MOP: Senior Carlon Brown was named the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and sophomore Andre Roberson joined Brown on the All-Tournament Team. Brown averaged 15.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals over the four games while shooting an even 50 percent from the field (25-of-50).  Roberson averaged 14.8 points and 10.3 rebounds.

ROBERSON ON FIRE: Sophomore Andre Roberson shot 66.7 percent during the tournament (20-of-30). Roberson made 11 straight field goal attempts dating back to the game winning put back against Oregon in the quarterfinals. His streak ties for the third longest, and just one off the school record of 12 held by teammates House Guest and Shaun Vandiver one year apart. Roberson’s 11 straight are the most on the road or at a neutral site. His 6-of-6 performance from the field against Cal, which included two 3-pointers, was a career-best percentage wise.
12—Shaun Vandiver vs. Illinois State in Boulder, Dec. 4, 1989
12—Rodell “House” Guest vs. Central Connecticut State (5) & Eastern Michigan (7) in Boulder, Dec. 7-8, 1990
11—Andre Roberson vs. Oregon (1), California (6) & Arizona (4) in Los Angeles, March 8-10, 2012
11—Jim Creighton vs. Iowa State in Boulder, Feb. 14, 1972

SERIES NOTES: Colorado claims the season series from Arizona 2-1 and improves its overall lead in the series to 10-6. This was the first postseason meeting between the two teams.

FOUR IN FOUR: The last (and only) time CU played four games in four days:  March 6-9, 1934 ... four games in Kansas.  CU coach that year was Hank Iba, the one year he spent in Boulder before going to Oklahoma State. This is the first time CU has won four games in as many days in its history.

CU is the first team to win four games in the Pac-12 Conference Tournament history and among the big six conferences, CU is the ninth team since 1952 to accomplish the feat.  Connecticut won five games in the Big East Conference Tournament last season. 

1985 – Auburn (SEC)
2000 – Arkansas (SEC)
2001 – Iowa (Big Ten)
2006 – Syracuse (BIG EAST)
2008 – Georgia (SEC)
2008 – Pittsburgh (BIG EAST)
2009 – Mississippi State (SEC)
2011 – Connecticut (BIG EAST) – Only team to win 5 games.
2012 – Colorado (Pac-12)

It has never happened in the Big 12 or ACC Tournament, just once in the Big Ten Tournament, three times in the Big East Tournament and a ton in the SEC, but only four times since 1952. 

REBOUND REVERSAL: Colorado was outrebounded in its first three tournament games and held a minus-7.7 margin. Arizona was a plus-5.5 in its two games. In the championship game Colorado enjoyed a 37-29 edge on the boards. CU improved to 15-2 when outrebounding its opponent.

QUICK GAMERS: Spencer Dinwiddie made his first four three 3-point shots, including three in the first half, after going just 1-of-7 in the previous three tournament games…Colorado led at all four halftimes of the tourney, all by two points or less:  25-23 vs. Utah, 34-33 vs. Oregon, 28-27 vs. California and 30-28 vs. Arizona. The Buffaloes improve to 17-3 this year leading at half, 13-2 against Pac-12 opponents…Colorado scored only three points in the final 9:09 and was scoreless for a span of 8:46 where the score went from 50-38 to 51-45. CU missed seven shots in that span and the only point was an Andre Roberson free throw.

BOYLE IN POSTSEASON: Tad Boyle is now 9-2 in postseason games (6-1 conference, 3-1 NIT)... he passes Ricardo Patton for the most postseason coaching wins in school history (Patton was 8-18 in 11 seasons).  He has six conference tournament wins in just two seasons, equaling Patton's record of six (he was 6-12).

CU COACHES / POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT

(postseason conference tournaments began in 1977)

BY PERCENTAGE

CONFERENCE

NCAA

N.I.T.

OVERALL

Coach (Seasons)

W-L

Pct.

W-L

Pct.

W-L

Pct.

G

W

L

Pct.

Tad Boyle (2)

6-1

.857

0-0

.000

3-1

.750

11

9

2

.818

Frosty Cox (13)

……

…..

2-4

.333

3-1

.750

10

5

5

.500

H.B. Lee (6)

……

…..

3-3

.500

0-0

.000

6

3

3

.500

Sox Walseth (20)

……

…..

3-3

.500

0-0

.000

6

3

3

.500

Joe Harrington (5)

0-5

.000

0-0

.000

4-2

.667

11

4

7

.364

Tom Miller (4)

2-4

.333

0-0

.000

0-0

.000

6

2

4

.333

*Ricardo Patton (11)

6-12

.333

1-2

.333

1-4

.200

26

8

18

.308

Tom Apke (5)

1-5

.167

0-0

.000

0-0

.000

6

1

5

.167

Bill Blair (6)

1-5

.167

0-0

.000

0-0

.000

6

1

5

.167

Jeff Bzdelik (3)

1-3

.250

0-0

.000

0-0

.000

4

1

3

.250

Totals

17-35

.327

9-12

.429

11-8

.579

92

37

55

.413

 Note: Ricardo Patton took over as interim coach in the 1995-96 season; the Big 8 postseason loss that year is in his record.

OVERALL WINS: Boyle 9, Patton 8, Cox 5, Harrington 4, Lee 3, Walseth 3, three with 1.
CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT WINS: Boyle 6, Patton 6, Miller 2, three with 1.

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