Roby's Agressiveness Pays Off

Sophomore Richard Roby earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors following his career-high 33 points in Saturday's win at Missouri. Inside, Roby talks about being more assertive on offense, and what the win did for the Buffs.

Richard Roby played more aggressively on offense in the win at Missouri than he had in CU's two previous Big 12 games, both losses. It paid off, as Colorado won the game on the strength of Roby's career-high 33 points.

Monday, the sophomore was named Big 12 Player of the Week. It was the first time a CU player has earned the honor since David Harrison did in the 2003-04 season.

Roby is currently averaging 16.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, both team highs. His 29 steals is most on the Buffs, as well.

BSN: You seemed more assertive against Missouri on offense than you had been.
Richard Roby:
Yeah, I tried to be more effective on offense. Cut with a purpose, cut hard and basically just be more of a threat every time down the court.

BSN: What prompted that?
RR:
Losing. When we were losing those couple games, I thought I wasn't as aggressive as I could've been. So I tried to change that. And we ended up winning, so hopefully I'll play like that the remainder of the season.

BSN: You're also leading the team in rebounding and steals. Is that something you're conscious of – hitting the boards harder?
RR:
Yeah. Coach always talks about how are guards need to rebound. So I try to crash the boards, especially on the defensive end. Offensively, Martane and JO and those guys go really hard to the boards. I try to get back in transition. Because I'm longer, I can get more blocks in transition.

BSN: I read somewhere that you had talked to Dominique Coleman and encouraged him to be confident in looking for his shot.
RR:
At halftime (of the Missouri game), I thought he just wasn't being aggressive. I told him not to be afraid to score. He led Juco in scoring (last season), we need him to put points on the board. He did. He hit some big shots for us. I know his confidence is high now. I look for him to continue to play well throughout the season.

Q: How big was that win after two losses?
RR:
It was huge. Especially confidence wise. After you lose two Big 12 games, you kind of start asking yourself questions and wondering what's going on. To get a win just kind of silences all that.

Q: Did you feel different physically Saturday?
RR:
No. I was still kind of sick (with a cold). I got sick around the Kansas game. I'm still getting over that now.

BSN: Talk about that last play, where Chris Copeland hit the game-winner. What was it intended to do, and how did it develop?
RR:
Dominique was going to come off a ball screen on my side, but he decided to cross over and go back. He kind of beat his man and Chris' man helped off him. (Dominique fed Chris), Chris got a good look and knocked it down.

BSN: Baylor didn't play a non-conference schedule. But you guys can't afford to think they're going to be soft.
RR:
We definitely know better. They're going to come in hungry looking for a win. They'll have fresh legs. They haven't played all season. They beat us last year …we know we owe them.

Q: Do you think what you did against Missouri is going to carry over?
RR:
Definitely. We liked the feeling we had in that locker room. We're going to stick to it.