THE SEASON: Colorado is 4-4 total and 0-1 within the Pac-12 Convention after dropping its league opener with a heart-breaking 60-59 choice to Arizona State on the CU Occasions Heart on Dec. 1.
The Buffaloes had a 15-point lead at halftime however a season-high 20 turnovers and chilly capturing within the second half snapped Colorado’s five-year run of profitable its convention dwelling opener. Colorado scored simply 21 factors within the second half, capturing 29 % from the sphere and 56 % from the foul line within the closing 20 minutes.
The loss snapped a 30-game dwelling profitable streak for the Buffaloes when holding their opponent to 60 factors or much less courting again to a 56-54 setback to Utah on Jan. 8, 2016.
Colorado adopted a win with a loss for the fourth time this season. The Buffaloes have not put collectively back-to-back wins for the reason that closing sport of the 2021-22 common season (at Utah) and quarterfinal of the Pac-12 Event (Oregon) – a span of 10 contests.
Colorado is averaging 72.4 factors per sport, rating fourth within the Pac-12. The Buffaloes are capturing 42 % from the sphere and 33 % from 3-point vary. Colorado is permitting 68.3 factors per sport, rating second-to-last within the Pac-12. Opponents are capturing simply above 40 %. Colorado is second within the Pac-12 in steals, recording practically 9 per contest.
Sophomore KJ Simpson leads Colorado at 16.6 factors, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals per sport. He paced the Buffaloes on the Myrtle Seashore Invitational at 19.0 factors with a team-best complete of 19 rebounds (6.3 rpg).
Simpson logged profession highs in factors (30), subject objectives made (11) and steals (6) towards Texas A&M. It was the primary 30-point sport for the Buffaloes since McKinley Wright IV had 30 towards South Dakota State on Dec. 15, 2017. His six steals are probably the most by a Buff since Tyler Bey had six towards UC Irvine, precisely three years in the past on Nov. 18, 2019. The six steals set a Myrtle Seashore Invitational single-game document.
On the Pac-12 charts Simpson is fifth in steals, sixth in scoring, ninth in defensive rebounds (4.8 drpg), tenth in assists and Twelfth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2).
Junior ahead Tristan da Silva is averaging 11.9 factors whereas capturing 49 % from the sphere. Da Silva had a career-high eight rebounds and matched a personal-best two blocks, together with 10 factors, towards Arizona State.
Da Silva led Colorado towards Yale with a season-high 20 factors, the second 20-point sport of his profession. Da Silva averaged 11.7 factors and shot a good 50 % (14-28) on the Myrtle Seashore Invitational.
Junior J’Vonne Hadley leads the Buffaloes and ranks third in Pac-12 in rebounding (7.8 rpg). Hadley tops CU in subject aim capturing at 52.3 % whereas averaging 9.7 factors per sport. He returned to the lineup towards Yale after lacking two video games with a shoulder damage, coming off the bench to attain 13 factors. He has made 8 of 10 from the sphere since his return.
Hadley leads the Pac-12 in offensive rebounds at 3.5 per sport.
Graduate senior Jalen Gabbidon is averaging 7.6 factors whereas rating second on the group in steals with 10. The Yale graduate has began the final 4 video games. He had two factors towards his former group, and so they have been large. Yale had the ball down three with 5 seconds left, however Gabbidon stole the ball, was fouled, and clinched the sport on the line. Gabbidon is tied for thirteenth within the Pac-12 in steals at 1.3 per sport.
Sophomore Lawson Lovering leads Colorado in blocks (9) whereas rating third in assists (13) and rebounding (4.3 rpg). Lovering recorded a career-high and matched a group season-best with three blocked photographs towards Yale. He had a block in every of the primary seven video games this season however it was his first time with a number of blocks in anyone contest. On the Pac-12 charts, Lovering is Twelfth in offensive rebounds (2.0 orpg).
Lovering averaged 4.3 factors, 5.3 rebounds and a couple of.3 assists on the Myrtle Seashore Invitational He dished out a career-best 4 assists towards Texas A&M, one higher than his previous-best three a day earlier towards UMass. Lovering has made 6-of-10 from the sphere after making simply 2-of-11 in his first three video games.
Graduate senior Ethan Wright is averaging 6.1 factors, hitting a team-best 50 % from 3-point vary (10-20). Wright recorded CU highs with 15 factors, hitting 5-of-6 from 3-point vary towards Texas A&M.
After a 3-for-8 begin from downtown, Wright has made 10-of-18 from lengthy vary over the past 5 video games. He hit no less than 5 3-pointers for the fourth time in his profession. Wright has two video games with seven 3-pointers made, each for Princeton throughout the 2021-22 season. Wright is third in 3-point capturing on the league leaderboard.
Nique Clifford is averaging 6.0 factors and three.6 rebounds whereas rating second on the group in assists with 14.
ABOUT THE HUSKIES: Washington is 6-2 total and 0-1 within the Pac-12. Just like Colorado, the Huskies have been edged by one level of their opener, falling 66-65 at Oregon State. Washington’s protection has been sturdy, holding opponents to 64 factors per sport on 38.7 capturing. Just one opponent – Cal Baptist – has reached 70 factors towards Washington this season. The Huskies are third within the Pac-12 in scoring protection and 3-point protection (.259) and second in blocked photographs (6.4 bpg). Offensively, Washington averages 69.8 factors whereas capturing 44 % from the sphere.
Senior ahead Keion Brooks, Jr., leads Washington at 17.0 factors and seven.0 rebounds per sport, rating within the high six within the Pac-12 in each classes. Freshman guard Keyon Menifield averages 9.9 factors and has a team-best 12 3-point subject objectives, primarily off the bench. Junior middle Franck Kepnang averages 9.0 factors and 6.3 rebounds and ranks third within the Pac-12 at 1.9 blocks per sport.
SERIES RECORDS: This would be the thirty fourth assembly between Colorado and Washington with the Huskies holding an 19-14 benefit. The groups cut up their collection final yr with each profitable at dwelling. Washington has received 13 of 15 all-time conferences in Seattle, together with the final six. Colorado’s final win at Alaska Airways enviornment was a 64-47 choice on Mar. 5, 2015.
NONCONFERENCE NUMBERS: Colorado is 114-37 (.755) in nonconference common season video games beneath head coach Tad Boyle together with a 67-20 mark (.770) for the reason that starting of the 2014-15 season.
Colorado is 84-7 (.923) in nonconference dwelling video games beneath Boyle, a document which features a 6-1 mark in postseason motion.
BOYLE COUNTDOWN: Head coach Tad Boyle, in his thirteenth season has 258 wins at Colorado, three behind Sox Walseth for probably the most in program historical past. Walseth was 261-245 in 20 seasons (1956-76).
Boyle-led groups personal 9 of the 13 20-win seasons in group historical past, the highest 5 single-season win totals and 6 of the highest seven. With a document of 258-158 at CU, his 61.9 profitable proportion is second all-time simply behind Forrest “Frosty” Cox at 62.3 from 1936-50.
Boyle has 110 Pac-12 common season wins, tying California’s Ben Braun (1997-08) for nineteenth in convention historical past.
LEADERS OF THE PAC: Colorado is tied for the second-most wins (81) and tied for the fourth-best profitable proportion (.669) amongst Pac-12 groups since February 2019. Colorado was 12-4 over the ultimate two months of the 2018-19 season, culminating in a spot within the NIT Quarterfinals. The Buffaloes have been 21-11 in 2019-20, effectively in line for an NCAA Event bid earlier than the season was shut down on March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Colorado was 23-9 in 2020-21, tying for the third greatest win complete in group historical past and advancing to the second spherical of the NCAA Event. The Buffaloes have been 21-12 in 2021-22, logging their fourth-straight 20-win season.
Pac-12 General Data Since Feb. 1, 2019 (by means of Dec. 1)
W L Pct.
Arizona 80 32 .714
USC 82 36 .695
Oregon 81 37 .686
Colorado 81 40 .669
UCLA 79 39 .669
Arizona State 60 49 .550
Stanford 58 52 .527
Washington State 57 56 .504
Utah 52 55 .486
Washington 53 60 .469
Oregon State 50 63 .442
California 37 74 .333
GOLD STANDARD: Colorado had a uncommon hiccup towards Arizona State whereas assembly this system’s “Gold Customary” of holding an opponent to 40 % or much less from the sphere and having a plus-8 rebounding edge. The Buffaloes 60-59 to ASU regardless of holding the Solar Devils to 39.3 % capturing and having fun with a plus-13 edge on the boards (47-34).
Colorado is now 82-6 within the Boyle period hitting these two numbers, 1-1 this season.
Towards Tennessee, Colorado held Tennessee to 25.4 % capturing whereas outrebounding the Vols by 9 (47-38).
Tennessee’s 25.4 % capturing was the bottom by a CU opponent since Utah shot simply 22.6 % towards the Buffaloes on Dec. 31, 2011 – this system’s first Pac-12 sport.
PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore guard KJ Simpson was named the Pac-12 Convention Males’s Basketball Participant of the Week for his efforts throughout the league’s opening week, the convention workplace introduced on Nov. 14. Simpson averaged 17.7 factors, 5.3 rebounds and three.3 assists in three video games final week. He shot 41 % from the sphere (17-42) and 72 % from the free throw line (13-18).
Simpson recorded his first profession double-double with 23 factors and 10 rebounds within the win over Tennessee on Nov. 13. Each figures have been profession highs for Simpson as was his seven subject objectives made. Coming off the bench, he had 15 factors, seven rebounds and hit 7 of 9 free throws within the second half alone.
Simpson additionally led the Buffaloes within the Grambling State sport, on Nov. 11, with 16 factors and a season-high 4 assists. He scored 14 factors on 50 % capturing (5-10), with three assists and two steals within the opener towards UC Riverside on Nov. 7.
The Participant of the Week honor is the primary for Simpson, and first for Colorado since McKinley Wright IV on March 1, 2021, his final of 4 that season. Simpson was a two-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week in 2021-22.
AGAINST RANKED TEAMS: Colorado is 2-0 towards ranked groups in 2022-23, defeating No. 11 Tennessee, 78-66, on Nov. 13, and No. 24 Texas A&M, 103-75, on Nov. 18.
Colorado’s win over No. 24 Texas A&M provides the Buffaloes two wins over ranked groups away from dwelling for the primary time since 2012-13.It marked the primary time since 2016-17 that the Buffaloes have received their first two video games of a season towards ranked opponents.
Colorado’s win over the No. 11/11 ranked Vols is its first towards a ranked opponent away from Boulder for the reason that Buffaloes beat No. 13/12 Dayton, in Chicago, on Dec. 21, 2019. It is the very best ranked group the Buffaloes have defeated away from Boulder for the reason that 92-88 extra time win over No. 6 Missouri within the quarterfinals of the 1990 Huge Eight Event in Kansas Metropolis.
Colorado’s 25 wins over ranked opponents within the Tad Boyle period is by far one of the best in group historical past. In reality Boyle coached groups, with a document of 25-42, have accounted for 36 % of wins over ranked opponents (69) since 1949-50.
EARLIEST TWO RANKED OPPONENTS IN 49 YEARS: With Colorado’s matchup towards No. 24 (AP) Texas A&M, the Buffaloes will face two ranked opponents inside the first 5 video games of the season for the primary time since Dec. 3&5, 1973. Each of these contests occurred in Boulder, with Colorado dropping a 91-76 choice to No. 15 Arizona within the second sport of the season on Dec. 3, 1973 after which rebounding two days later with a 73-71 choice over No. 12 Lengthy Seashore State.
Colorado entered the Myrtle Seashore Invitational coming off a 78-66 win over No. 11 (AP & Coaches) Tennessee in Nashville on Nov. 13.
Yet another current season got here near that span. On Nov. 26-27, 1998, Colorado performed No. 4 Kentucky (L, 52-64) and No. 10 Xavier (L, 64-74) in San Juan, P.R. in video games No. 5 & 6 of that younger season.
OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION VS A&M: Colorado’s 103 factors scored towards Texas A&M set a Myrtle Seashore Invitational single-game document. General for the Buffaloes, it is probably the most factors, in regulation, since scoring 104 towards Longwood on Dec. 19, 2010. CU had 112 factors in a double-overtime win over South Dakota State on Dec. 15, 2017.
Colorado’s 103 factors are its most towards a ranked opponent and the 28-point margin of victory is CU’s highest towards a ranked opponent. It is the biggest margin of victory by any Pac-12 college over a ranked SEC opponent for the reason that 1980-81 season.
Colorado’s 16 3-point subject objectives tied for the third most in a single sport. It is the fourth time the Buffs have hit 16, final accomplished towards Arizona within the 2022 Pac-12 semifinals.
Colorado shot 57.6 % from the sphere, its greatest mark for the reason that Buffaloes hit 60.7 % towards Georgetown within the first spherical of the 2021 NCAA Event.
RIGHT AT HOME: On the CU Occasions Heart, the Buffaloes have received:
– 2 of three in 2022-23 (2-1)
– 19 of their final 26 (19-7)
– 25 of their final 33 (25-8)
– 38 of 49 (38-11)
– 53 of 66 (53-13)
– 65 of 81 (65-16)
– 86 of 106 (86-20)
– 96 of 117 (96-21)
Within the Tad Boyle period, Colorado is 166-35 at dwelling (.826). The Buffaloes are 479-186 (.721) all-time on the CUEC. The Buffaloes, 12-6 on the CUEC in 2021-22, have received no less than 10 video games at dwelling every of the final 13 seasons.
SUCCESS ON THE ROAD: Colorado has a 35-29 document in video games away from Boulder since February 2019; 18-21 on the street and 17-8 at impartial websites. Colorado was 9-6 away from dwelling in 2021-22; 6-4 in true street video games and 3-2 at impartial websites.
ROAD RARITY: Colorado opened the 2021-22 season on the pleasant confines of the CU Occasions Heart with a win over UC Riverside on Nov. 7, however then ventured on a 12-day, 5-game street journey.
The final time the Buffaloes endured a string the place 5 of the primary six video games in a season have been performed away from dwelling, was in 1955-56. Coming off its second NCAA Remaining 4, Colorado performed eight of its first 9 away from dwelling.
The Buffaloes opened with wins at future convention foes Oregon State and Oregon then returned dwelling for a rematch of the 1955 NCAA Third Place sport the place the Buffaloes have been victorious once more with a 60-57 win over Iowa. Colorado then had back-to-back street video games at BYU and one other at Colorado State earlier than ending off with three video games on the Huge Seven Christmas Event in Kansas Metropolis. The Buffaloes have been 4-5 throughout that nine-game stretch.
Colorado does have a current string of five-straight away from dwelling. In the course of the 2020-21 COVID-19 scheduling shuffles, the Buffaloes performed impartial video games in Las Vegas towards Washington and Grand Canyon (Dec. 20 & 22) after which began the Pac-12 season at Arizona, USC and UCLA (Dec. 28-Jan. 2) going 3-2 in that span.
PAC-12/SWAC LEGACY SERIES: The Colorado-Grambling State sport was a part of the Pac-12 Convention/Southwest Athletic Convention Legacy Collection, an academic and basketball scheduling partnership between the 2 leagues.
The 2022 version options six males’s and 6 ladies’s Pac-12 packages starting a home-and-home collection with SWAC establishments. The collection started with the Oregon males internet hosting Florida A&M on Nov. 7, an 80-45 victory for the Geese.
Colorado was the primary to be a street opponent because the Buffaloes visited Grambling State and marked Tigers have hosted a Energy 5 opponent of their historical past. Grambling will make a return go to to Boulder in 2023-24.
The morning of the sport, Colorado will toured the Eddie G. Robinson museum close to the Grambling campus. The museum is a landmark devoted to recognizing the contributions of the varsity’s legendary soccer coach as a supply of schooling and inspiration.
For extra data go to: pac12.me/Legacy-Collection.
OPENERS: Colorado improved to 85-35 (.708) in all-time season openers and has received its final seven. The Buffaloes are 11-2 beneath head coach Tad Boyle and 38-5 in total season openers since 1980-81.
The Buffaloes are 96-24 (.800) all-time in dwelling openers, have received their final 15 and 21 of their final 22. Boyle’s groups are 13-0 in dwelling openers.
BUFFS SIGN ELITE TRIO: Cody Williams, Courtney Anderson and Assane Diop have signed Nationwide Letters of Intent proceed their schooling and play basketball at Colorado. Williams and Anderson signed on Nov. 9, the primary day of the NCAA Early Signing Interval. Diop signed on Nov. 15.
Williams, a 6-foot, 8-inch, 180-point small ahead from Gilbert, Ariz., is a five-star recruit, ranked because the No. 21 total prospect within the nation by 247Sports. Anderson, a 6-5, 180-pound guard from Vallejo, Calif., is ranked because the thirty first greatest capturing guard within the nation by that very same service. Diop, a 6-10, 200-pound do-it-all ahead is a consensus High 100 choose and the second-ranked recruit within the state of Colorado.
Heading into his senior yr at Perry Excessive College, Williams is the very best ranked, and first five-star, recruit within the Boyle period. He’s the Buffaloes’ first five-star prospect, and highest rated, since McDonald’s All-American David Harrison was listed because the tenth greatest participant within the nation by Rivals in 2001.
Williams, the youthful brother of Jalen Williams, the Twelfth choose of the 2022 NBA Draft by Oklahoma Metropolis, is No. 14 in ESPN’s High 100. He performed for the Vegas Elite within the EYBL this summer season, averaging 15 factors and 4 rebounds on that circuit.
Anderson was a San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro choose and All-Bay Space as a junior at Dublin Excessive College. The All-East Bay Athletic League choose averaged 20.1 factors and practically 5 rebounds a sport, serving to the Gaels to an 8-1 league document and a spot within the North Coast Part Open Division event.
Anderson is rated as a three-star guard by Rivals and the 18th greatest participant within the state of California by ESPN. He’s the son of former NFL tight finish, Courtney Sr.
A local of Senegal, Diop has lived in Colorado the final three years, transferring to the USA to pursue basketball and academic alternatives. He’s at present getting ready for his senior season at Accelerated Prep, a non-public basketball program related to Accelerated Colleges of Denver. Diop is rated No. 56 total within the ESPN Top100 and tenth greatest at his place. He’s ranked No. 91 within the nation in response to 247Sports Composite Rankings and the Twelfth-best publish participant within the nation. Diop is within the No. 110 place in response to Rivals.
Diop helped Wesminster’s Belleview Christian to the Colorado Class 1A State Championship as a sophomore in 2020-21. Diop spent his junior season at Denver Prep Academy, taking part in on The Grind Session, a national-travel basketball circuit, averaging eight factors and practically 9 rebounds per sport.
With Diop’s signing, Colorado has the fifteenth greatest class within the nation in response to 247Sports and the nineteenth greatest on Rivals’ record.
PRESEASON AWARDS/POLLS: Junior ahead Tristan da Silva was named to the 2022-23 males’s basketball Preseason All-Pac-12 Convention Second Workforce, voted on by media members who cowl the league on Oct. 24.
As well as, sophomore guard KJ Simpson earned honorable point out, receiving no less than eight media member votes.
A 6-foot, 9-inch ahead from Munich, Germany, da Silva is Colorado’s main returning scorer from a yr in the past at 9.4 factors per sport. He ranked second on the group in subject aim capturing (.479) and free throw proportion (.797), third in assists (61) and fourth in scoring and rebounding (3.5 rpg). Throughout convention video games, da Silva ranked third in 3-point proportion (.477), sixth in free throw proportion (.822) and ninth in total subject aim capturing (.525) on the league leaderboard.
Da Silva was certainly one of 5 gamers on the Preseason All-Pac-12 Second Workforce. There are 10 gamers on the primary group.
Simpson, a 6-2 guard from West Hills, Calif., was an All-Pac-12 Freshman Workforce choice in 2021-22 after averaging 7.4 factors per sport and main the Buffaloes in assists (86) and steals (26). His 86 assists tied for the eighth most in a season by a CU freshman.
The Buffaloes, coming off their fourth-straight 20-win season, have been picked to complete sixth within the annual Pac-12 Preseason Media Ballot with 207 factors. UCLA was the favourite with 386 factors and 26 of 33 first place votes. Arizona was second (352) and Oregon was third (336) with these groups recording three first place votes every. USC was fourth (300) and Stanford was fifth (239) together with one first place vote.
Arizona State was picked seventh (193), adopted by Washington State (185), Washington (158), Utah (102), California (69) and Oregon State (47).