Buffs Try To Stop Skid Vs. N. Colorado

Colorado will try and put the brakes on a two-game losing streak when the Buffs host Northern Colorado Saturday (7 p.m. tip). Inside, notes from Friday's practice.

• Both the Colorado men and women's basketball teams were relegated to practicing in the CU student recreation center Friday because the women's volleyball team is hosting Washington in the second round of the NCAA tourney at Coors, and Carlson Gym was not available, as well. With noisy pickup games taking place on either side of them, the Big 12 Conference teams were limited to one court for their practices. Some even had to change from street clothes into practice gear courtside.

Patton refused to use the situation as an opportunity to complain about things, instead saying the team won't use it as an excuse for anything. But it's obvious practicing in the rec center in advance of a game is far less than ideal.

Dominique Coleman summed up the team's outlook.

"It's not Duke or North Carolina. We've just got to deal with what we've got," the senior guard said.

• CU (2-4) is coming off a loss on the road at UNC-Wilmington. The Buffs led by 5 at the half, but encountered problems when leading scorer Richard Roby had to leave the game due to leg cramps. Most of Roby's minutes — and all of his 16 points — came in the first half. UNCW broke open a double-digit lead in the second frame, and ended up winning 67-55.

"We gotta get better at playing from behind, and not panicking. Just relax and play basketball like we're ahead," Coleman said.

CU continued to struggle shooting, as it hit just 37 percent in the game. On the bright side, Patton was pleased with the play of his inside guys.

"Now we've just got to put it all together where our guards show up the same night that our post players are working for us," Patton said.

• Despite the team's 2-4 start — the worst start since the 1988-89 season — Coleman said the Buffs are having fun. Well, sort of. Maybe not. Asked if they were having enough fun, Coleman said: "I think we're having fun. But it's better when you're winning. I think we're going to have fun. We've got these next few games (Northern Colorado on Saturday and Pepperdine onMonday) and we'll have a lot of fun."

• Northern Colorado comes to Boulder with a 1-6 record, but it may be a little deceiving. UNC-G came within 3 points of knocking off Oregon State the day after Thanksgiving.

"They're very disciplined," Patton said. "The coach there does a good job. We expect them to come in and compete, and we have to be prepared to play a very good basketball team. Their record is not an indication of their capability."

Probable Starters
Kal Bay, G, 6-1, Fr., 6.2, 2.6 apg
Dominique Coleman, G, 6-3, Sr., 9.3, 4.rpg
Richard Roby, G, 6-6, Jr., 15.3, 5.2
Jermyl Jackson-Wilson, F, 6-6, So., 10.5, 8.5
Marcus King-Stockton, F, 6-9, Jr., 3.8, 3.3

Sean Taibi, , G, 6-3, Jr., 14.3, 3.1 rpg
Matt Kline, G, 6-0, Jr., 4.6, 3.3 apg
Terry Anderson, G, 5-11, Jr., 2.4, 2.9 rpg
Dwayne Birden, F, 6-5, Sr., 7.1, 2.0
Kirk Archibeque, C, 6-9, Jr., 11.1, 5.1

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