Roby Nabs 2nd-Straight POTW Award

Coming off his 27-point performance in CU's win at Oklahoma State, Richard Roby nabbed his second-consecutive Big 12 Player of the Week award. Head coach Ricardo Patton said he was more pleased with the guard's defensive play in the win. Also inside, several notes from Monday as the men's team prepares to play Nebraska.

Richard Roby was named Big 12 co-Player of the week on Monday (along with UT's Daniel Gibson), as voted by a panel of media. It was the second week in a row the CU sophomore has been honored.

Roby averaged 24 points in wins over Baylor (at home) and Oklahoma State (on the road.). He shot 52.6 percent (20-of-38) from the floor in the two games, including 5-of-12 from 3-point range. Roby is the first CU player in school history to earn back-to-back weekly conference honors.

"I was kind of surprised," Roby said. "I know (Thomas) Gardner (Missouri) had 40 on Monday and Gibson had 37 the other day. It's a definite honor, though."

While Roby led all scorers in the two wins last week, head coach Ricardo Patton praised Roby's defensive play. He set a Colorado mark for steals in a Big 12 game with six vs. OSU.

"He's put together some nice games and is kind of coming into his own," Patton said. "What's more important about what he's done, particularly last game, he had seven rebounds and six steals. That speaks to his defense as much as anything. He's adding some other dimensions to his game."

Roby leads the Buffs, averaging 17.9 points, 5. 3 rebounds and 2.3 steals a game.

Anyone who's seen him this season knows how his game has grown. Roby attributes that to confidence.

"I just feel comfortable out there," he said. "I get in a groove, and it's hard to get me out of it."

Roby said some teams have tried to get him out of his groove by running different defenders at him through the course of a game. Oklahoma State rotated four players on Roby, but the 6-6 player burned the Cowboys for 27 points.

Ashby takes a step
It wasn't the breakout game Patton has been saying he expects senior center Julius Ashby to have, but his 10 points/7 rebound outing at Oklahoma State was Ashby's best game of the season. After missing most of the non-conference schedule due to academic suspension, Ashby failed to score in CU's first four Big 12 games. Still, Ashby's goal is a double-double. "I should be getting more rebounds," he said. "I don't want to put a number on it, but I should be getting more."

Polls?
While Colorado earned some votes in this week's AP Poll, after going voteless in last week's ranking, the Buffs lost ground in the ESPN Coaches' Poll. CU is No. 33 in the AP (38 votes) and 31 in the Coaches' Poll (21 votes). Patton didn't seem phased. "That's not what we're playing for right now," he said. "Regardless of what happens today, what's really important is what you're doing in February. You're better off being in the top 25 in late February rather than late January (for NCAA seeding purposes)."

Back to basics
Despite the impressive road win, Patton had a back-to-basics practice scheduled for Monday afternoon, with a strong emphasis on the defensive end of the court. That came after watching film of the win over OSU. "The old adage goes: You're never as good as you think you are after a win, and you're never as bad as you think you are after a loss," he said. "In looking at the film after Oklahoma State, there are certainly some areas where we need to get better. That's what we'll do, continue to get better and not think that we're there yet."

Super sub
Senior forward Martane Freeman is back on the bench after starting two games. It looks as though Freeman will continue to come off the bench. The move isn't a demotion, but he's been more effective as a sub. "He's a guy that gives you the same effort whether he's starting or not starting, but his productivity has been better coming off the bench rather than when he's started," Patton said.

Point guard rotation
It appears Patton will continue to go with senior Antoine McGee at point guard at the start of games, even though Marcus Hall and Dominique Coleman have been coming off the bench and logging more minutes than McGee. Patton said he likes McGee's defense, and starting him gives the two other guards a chance to scout what the opposing point guard is doing before they enter the game. "All three bring a different dimension to the team. I don't think you can overlook any three of the guys. It gives you a pretty good option of changing up."

Toughest Big 12 venue?
Asked what he thought the toughest venue to play on the road in the Big 12 on Monday, Patton mentioned Oklahoma State's Gallagher-Iba Arena, and Kansas' Allen Fieldhouse. He also said he liked the former arena at Missouri, Hearn Auditorium. On Saturday, the crowd in Stillwater was so loud, it caused some communication issues between Patton and the CU players.

Banged up
Roby injured an ankle in Saturday's win over Oklahoma State. Roby said on Monday it was about 90 percent. He didn't seem to be concerned about it. Chris Copeland had some swelling in his knee, and was scheduled to sit out Monday's practice. Marcus King-Stockton continues to wear a brace on his thumb (leftover from an old injury) during warm-ups, but not during games.


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