High-scoring Buffs back in action

Colorado is the eighth highest scoring team in the nation as the midway point of the regular season in college basketball approaches along with the start of conference play. The Buffs get back to work tonight in a home game against Maryland Eastern Shore.

Colorado is averaging 84 points a game and has four players scoring in double figures. Both stats show that the team has adapted well to a more open and up-tempo style of play coach Tad Boyle instituted when he took over the program this year.

Maryland Eastern Shore is 3-8 overall and will be trying to become the first visiting team to win a nonconference game in Boulder in two years. The Buffs have beaten 19 consecutive nonconference foes at the Coors Events Center.

The Buffs are 8-4 with three winnable games remaining in nonconference play over the next 10 days before their final run through the Big 12 Conference begins.

Claiming all three of those winnable games is a must because the victories are going to be much tougher for Colorado once conference play arrives.

With Alec Burks and Cory Higgins usually leading the way and role players such as Levi Knutson, Marcus Relphorde and Andre Roberson occasionally stepping forward, the Buffs look like a potential postseason team. Probably not an NCAA tournament team, but there is a lot of season left and plenty of time for surprises.

The Buffs can improve their chances with some progress on the defensive end, and, as has been the case for several years now, trying to improve rebounding while lacking size and tenacity in the paint.

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