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By: Joel Broida
NCAA Second Round: Colorado Postgame Notes And Quotes
Release: March 15, 2012
By: David Plati, Associate AD/Sports Information
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Colorado sold out its entire ticket allotment (just under 500, including 110 to students who bussed down from Boulder at 6 a.m.); all told, an estimated 2,500 CU fans were in attendance at "The Pit" ... Colorado is now 10-12 all‐time in NCAA Tournament games; this was the first one of the 22 in either the Mountain or Pacific time zones ... The game was the last of the 16 in the second round to tip off (8:34 p.m. MDT) ... Colorado advanced to the second round (now third round) last in 1996‐97, after pounding Indiana 80‐62 (and ruining the intended second round match‐up between Bob Knight and Dean Smith) ... Colorado is now 24-11 on the season, matching the school record for wins in a season (CU was 24‐14 last year) ... Under coach Tad Boyle, the Buffs are 10-2 in postseason play (6‐1 in conference tournaments, 1‐0 in the NCAA, 3‐1 in the N.I.T.); that's the most wins by any CU coach in the postseason (old record: 8, Ricardo Patton) ... This is the first time CU has won five straight games in succession away from Boulder, and the first time since the 1996‐97 season that it has won five games in a row at any point during the season outside of the confines of the Coors Events Center.

Colorado, 14-2 at home this year, climbed to 10-9 outside of Boulder with tonight's win/loss ... This is the first time Colorado has won five straight games in the month of March (previously done four times: 1918‐19, 1919‐20, 2002‐03, 2011‐12) ... The 35 games played this year are second only to the 38 played during 2010‐11 ... Pac‐12 Commissioner Larry Scott was in attendance at the game, with two other commissioners based in Colorado (Craig Thompson, Mountain West and Chuck Neinas, interim‐Big 12 who lives in Boulder) ...

Colorado's 27 first half rebounds tied for its most in a half this season (27 at USC, Jan. 26); Andre Roberson had nine ... Colorado's bench outscored UNLV's 13‐6 in the first half (12‐1 at one point, 19‐16 for the game) ... UNLV shot a dismal 23‐of‐71, or 32.4 percent; that is the fourth worst by a CU opponent this year, and the worst by a team with a winning record ... It was the sixth time a CU foe shot 35.0 or lower ...

SERIES UNLV now leads the series by a 4-2 count, as this was the first meeting since Dec. 22, 1981, when the Buffs won 65‐59 in Las Vegas to win the Rebel Classic. The Buffs are now 152-96 against the current members of the Mountain West.
VS. BAYLOR Colorado leads the series 15‐9, including 4‐1 on neutral courts; they have split the last 10 games. BU won the last outing, 70‐66, in Waco on Jan. 29, 2011.

6 vs. 11's Since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, No. 11 seeds are now 37-73 (.336) against No. 6 seeds; that includes tonight's result, and #6 Murray State's 58‐41 win over #11 Colorado State earlier today (West Regional). No. 11 seeds are 11‐23 against No. 3 seeds (Baylor in the #3 here).

TIME SPENT IN THE LEAD One of the reasons Colorado made its four‐game run in the Pac‐12 tournament was that it rarely played
from behind (the Buffs led for 122 of 160 minutes, and were tied for 13 of the other 38). Tonight, CU led the entire game after scoring on
its first possession (39:28); the only tie was 0‐0.

FROSH IMPACT CU's freshman duo of F Spencer Dinwiddie and G Askia Booker added to their designation of the highest scoring frosh pair in CU history. Dinwiddie (357 points) and Booker (302) have combined for 659 total points, well outdistancing all other rookie twosomes (the only two with 250‐plus points).

TAKING GOOD CARE OF THE BALL Colorado averaged just 12.7 turnovers per game coming into tonight, but just 9.3 over the last eight games (including six in single digits), with only 34 in the entire Pac‐12 tournament (8.3 per). Tonight, CU did not commit a turnover in the first 6 minutes, but eventually went on to have a season-high 23 (old high was 20 against
Texas Southern).

PUNCH/COUNTER PUNCH A look at tonight's statistical battles (NCAA rank if applicable, stat in parenthesis):

Scoring: UNLV (24th, 76.7); Scoring Defense: CU (60th, 62.5)
Winner: Colorado (held UNLV to 64, 12.7 below its average)

First Half Scoring: UNLV (NA, 37.4);
First Half Scoring Defense: CU (28.7)
Winner: Colorado (held UNLV to 25, 12.4 below its average)

FG Pct. UNLV (61st, 46.2); FG Pct. Defense: CU (44th, 40.6)
Winner: Colorado (UNLV shot 32.4% for the game, 9-of-36 3's)

FG Pct. CU (123rd, 44.5); FG Pct. Defense: UNLV (47th, 40.9)
Winner: Colorado (CU shot 45.8%, five pct. points better)

3-Pt FG Pct. CU (162nd, 34.3); FG Pct. Defense: UNLV (33.3)
Winner: Colorado (CU shot 58.3%, 25 pct. points better)

Assists: UNLV (3rd, 17.7 apg, 603 on 919 baskets, or 65.6%)
Passing Defense: CU (NA, 10.7 apg, 364 on 761 baskets, or 47.8%)
Winner: Draw

F ANDRE ROBERSON (12 PTS/16 REB/2 BLK) Roberson's 16 rebounds gives him 393 for the season, already the most in a single season in school history; that's an 11.2 per game average. He is the 12th player in school history to lead the team in rebounding in back‐toback seasons, but only the second since 1994 (joining F Stephane Pelle in ('01‐02/'02‐03). His 11.2 per game average is currently the highest since C Shaun Vandiver hauled in 11.2 per in 1989‐90 (F Alex Stivrins hauled in 11.7 per in 1984‐85).
—The top rebounders today in the NCAA were from the state of Colorado: Pierce Hornung had 17 in CSU's loss to Murray State, and Marquette's Joe Crowder matched Roberson with 16 in its win over BYU.
—This was his 20th double‐double of the season, tied for the third most in a single season in CU history (with Cliff Meely, '68‐69); he trails the 21 by C Burdette Haldorson ('54‐55) and Vandiver ('89‐90); it was the 25th of his career, tied for ninth most all‐time at CU.
—His 66 blocked shots are the most in a season since C David Harrison had 85 in 2003‐04.

F AUSTIN DUFAULT (14 PTS/5 REB/1 AST) He now has 1,062 points and 527 rebounds as a Buffalo, the 19th player in CU history in the 1,000 point/500 rebound club for a career.

G ASKIA BOOKER (16 PTS/2 AST) He scored all 12 of his first half points in the second part of the first half, including 10 in a 12‐4 CU run after UNLV had pulled to within 19‐15. It was his third 10+ point scoring first half this year. Colorado is 11-3 when he scores in double figures.

G NATE TOMLINSON (2 PTS/2 AST/0 STL) Tomlinson now has 108 assists this season and 405 for his career (tied for sixth all‐time
with Donnie Boyce); he is the seventh player at Colorado to record 400 assists (all of whom also have 100 steals). He is 13th with 111 career steals.

G CARLON BROWN (12 PTS/6 REB/4 AST) Since the start of the Pac-12 Tournament (last five games), Brown is averaging 15.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 20 spg.; he now has 441 points this season. That's the fourth most by transfer playing his first season with the Buffs (the most by a transfer from a 4‐year school):

Player (Previous School)

Season

G

Pts

Cliff Meely (Northeastern JC)

1968-69

28

667

Shaun Vandiver (Hutchinson JC)

1988-89

28

509

D.J. Harrison (Aquinas JC)

2000-01

30

456

Carlon Brown (Utah)

2011-12

35

441

Jo Jo Hunter (Maryland)

1979-80

26

387

Jaquay Walls (Compton CC)

1998-99

33

385

Alex Stivrins (Creighton)

1983-84

29

352

 

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