Patton Not Concerned About Possible Letdown

Ricardo Patton said he isn't concerned that his team, led by eight scholarship seniors, would get big-headed in the wake of two big road wins at Missouri and Oklahoma State. If he was concerned about motivation for tonight's home game with Nebraska, all he would have to do is pop in the tape from the Buffs' two games with the Cornhuskers from last season.

"Nebraska swept us last year," Patton said. "We still remember that."

The Buffs fell at home to Nebraska 68-61, then lost 70-55 in Lincoln last season.

Sophomore guard Richard Roby said the team knows not to get too high coming off three straight wins, including the home win vs. Baylor. They didn't get too low after dropping their first two Big 12 games.

"After our first two games (against Texas and Kansas), we knew that wasn't the end of our season," he said. "We know we've got to keep it rolling. …If you win on the road and don't protect your home court, it cancels that out. After you win on the road, you want to compliment that with wins at home."

Nebraska comes to Boulder 12-5 overall, 2-2 in conference. They won at home over Oklahoma (a nail-biter, 59-58) and Kansas State, before falling to Iowa State in Lincoln. Nebraska then went on the road and got waxed at Kansas, 96-54.

Patton isn't reading too much into the loss to Kansas, a team that handled CU in Boulder.

"If this season has shown anything, it's shown that anyone can beat anyone on any given night, anywhere," Patton said.

• Patton singled out NU senior guard Jason Dourisseau as a player that gives CU some matchup issues. Jayson Obazuaye will probably start out on the 6-foot-6 slasher who averages 10 points a game, though Obazuaye will give up four inches. Julius Ashby will likely bang with Nebraska center Aleks Maric, who stands 6-11 and weighs close to 270.

Chris Copeland sat out Monday's practice with swelling in his knee. He practiced Tuesday, and a CU official said he was probable for the Nebraska game.

• The athletic department targeted Wednesday night's game with special marketing earlier in the season, giving free tickets to area organizations. They've also sent a mailing to season football ticket holders, offering free tickets, hoping to pack Coors. Colorado is averaging a league-low 3,190 fans per game through nine home games.

Probable starters

F Chris Copeland, Sr., 6-8, 13.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg
C Julius Ashby, Sr., 6-9, 4.9, 5.6
G Jayson Obazuaye, Sr., 6-2, 7.8, 4.3
G Richard Roby, So., 6-6, 17.8, 5.3
G Antoine McGee, 5-10, 0.4, 1.3 apg

G Jason Dourisseau, Sr., 6-6, 10.4, 6.7 rpg
G Joe McCray, So., 6-5, 10.4, 3.7
G Marcus Walker, Fr., 6-2, 7.7, 2.8 apg
F Wes Wilkinson, Sr., 6-10, 12.1, 7.0 rpg
C Aleks Maric, So., 6-11, 8.7, 7.1

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