Boulder, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - The 20th-ranked Colorado Buffaloes charge
into Pac-12 play on Thursday night, as they play host to the Oregon State
Tad Boyle's Buffaloes are an impressive 11-2 on the season, with the two
losses coming to nationally-ranked foes in Baylor (72-60) and Oklahoma State
(78-73). The team picked up its 11th win last weekend, closing out non-league
play with an 84-70 victory over Georgia. With a 12th win here, Colorado will
match the 1979-80 squad that started 12-2.
Craig Robinson's Beavers came up short at the Diamond Head Classic in
Honolulu, dropping two of their three games. The team returned to the mainland
however, and righted the ship a bit with a 76-68 blasting of Quinnipiac at
home on Sunday. OSU is 8-4 on the season, but just 1-2 in true road games.
Colorado leads this series 9-4 all-time and is 6-1 in games played in Boulder.
The Beavers used a strong first half that saw the team deliver on 55.2 percent
from the floor to take a 10-point lead into the break against Quinnipiac. The
team cooled off considerably in the second half (.370), but held on for the
win. Center Angus Brandt had a huge game, knocking down 8-of-11 shots from the
floor and tallying a game-high 21 points. Star guard Roberto Nelson poured in
19 points and dished out six assists, while Hallice Cooke and Devon Collier
finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
An efficient offensive squad, Oregon State is converting 50.8 percent from the
floor, while racking up 79.4 ppg. Nelson has been unstoppable, leading the
conference with 21.4 ppg. Collier also ranks in the top 10 in the league in
scoring at 18.0 ppg, as well as rebounding (8.0 rpg). Brandt rounds out the
top scoring threats on the roster with 12.9 ppg. Unfortunately for OSU, the
scoring pool dries up quickly after that, as Challe Barton ranks fourth on the
team in scoring at a mere 5.7 ppg.
The Buffaloes are also adept at filling up the basket, averaging a strong 77.5
ppg on a healthy .455 shooting percentage. Where the team has really thrived
is on the glass, where Colorado holds a +10.5 rebounding margin. CU lacks a
scorer as explosive as Nelson, but point guard Spencer Dinwiddie is a solid
option (15.8 ppg) and deft distributor (3.8 apg). Fellow guard Askia Booker
(12.6 ppg) adds backcourt depth, while the 6-foot-10 Josh Scott (13.1 ppg) is
the team's top player up front, ranking fourth in the league in rebounding
Colorado hit six 3-pointer in the first half and took an 11-point lead into
halftime against the visiting Bulldogs last time out. The Buffaloes delivered
on 55 percent of their shots after the break to keep Georgia at arm's length
and earn the win. All five starters notched double figures in the win, led by
Booker's 19 points. Dinwiddie wasn't far behind with 17 points. Scott recorded
a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Xavier Johnson and
Wesley Gordon checked in with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
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