Roby's Elevated His Game

Richard Roby was putting too much pressure on himself early this season. But since the loss at Colorado State back on Nov. 21, the 20-year old has been playing the best all-around basketball of his career. As CU faces TCU in Fort Worth tonight (6 p.m. tip-off, MT, FSN), Roby is among the top 13 in the Big 12 in 10 different statistical categories.

Sophomore Richard Roby came into the season with big expectations — expectations he put on himself, and some that were put on him from the outside. His name started showing up on 2006 NBA Draft projections, anywhere from late second round to, in one case, No. 23 in the first round.

The 6-6 player struggled in the loss at CSU. The Buffs' go-to guy took just six shots, and scored 10 points in 22 minutes.

"A lot was going through my mind," Roby said about the days leading up to that loss, and the days after. "I played probably the fewest minutes I've played in a game since I've been here."

That's when he and head coach Ricardo Patton had a "come-to-Jesus meeting."

"I just had a talk with Coach P," Roby said. "He just told me what he felt. We came to an agreement that I needed to play harder and get all of the distractions out of my life. That's what I've tried to do."

Since then, Roby has been more confident, more assertive on the floor and has averaged over 21 points a game.

"He has just kind of relaxed and just started playing basketball without worrying about anything else; just going out there and playing," Patton said.

Taking all of the team's seven games into account, Roby has been remarkably productive. And not just when it comes to points. He currently is ranked in the top 13 among Big 12 players in 10 statistical categories.

"I've just been out there playing with my teammates and playing the game I love," Roby said.

Roby's statistics
Scoring: 18.7 (4th in the Big 12)
Field goal pct.: 48.9 (13th)
Free throw pct: 80.6 (6th)
3-point pct: 52.6 (2nd)
3-point made: 2.86 (3rd)
Rebounding: 6.0 (12th)
Def. Rebounds: 4.86 (5th)
Assists: 3.29 (11th)
Steals: 2.14 (8th)
Assist/Turnover ratio: 2.09 (7th)

Horned Frogs on tap
TCU is 3-6 heading into tonight's contest with the 6-1 Buffs. Three of their losses have come against quality opponents — Syracuse, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.

Patton said he thought TCU was "a team that's better than their record."

This will mark the third Mountain West squad Colorado has faced in the non-conference schedule, along with CSU and Utah.

Probable starters

F Chris Copeland, Sr., 6-8, 235, 14.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg
F Andy Osborn, Sr., 6-9, 225, 9.4, 5.1
G Jayson Obazuaye, Sr., 6-2, 205, 7.7, 5.1
G Richard Roby, So., 6-6, 195, 18.7, 6.0
PG Marcus Hall, Jr., 6-1, 185, 8.4, 4.4 apg

F Femi Ibikunie, Jr., 6-9, 3.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg
F Judson Stubbs, Sr., 6-7, 12.2, 7.1
G Brent Hackett, So., 6-3, 10.3, 2.1
G Nile Murry, Sr., 6-4, 19.4, 3.6 apg
G Nieman Owens, So., 6-4, 4.1, 3.1 rpg

Buffs hope to know Ashby's fate Wednesday
Senior center Julius Ashby did not make the trip to TCU with the team. As of Monday when they left for Ft. Worth, all of Ashby's grades from the fall semester had not been posted. Ashby was suspended from the team for the fall semester because of bad grades. Once his grades from the fall are posted, Ashby will learn if they are high enough for him to rejoin his team.

A CU official said the team expects the grades to be posted and the team to learn Ashby's status by Wednesday when they return from the TCU trip.

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