Huge Game For Buffs Tuesday Night

Just another huge game for Ricardo Patton and the CU Buffs. As the season comes to an end, the Buffs could write their own ticket to the big dance with four out of four wins. But lose two out of four and they will have to put their dreams in the hands of the NCAA selection committee. But the first step begins Tuesday with Iowa State. Here is a brief preview and the Buffs current stats and Big 12 standings.

In an effort to secure a NCAA tournament bid, the Buffs will need to keep up their winning ways Tuesday against the Iowa State Cyclones, but as always, there is one problem.

The Buffs will have to do it on the road.

CU is 4-8 on the road this season and have had some of their worst performances away from the Coors event center (see Rice and Kansas State). But they are playing a down Iowa State team that is coming in with a 13-10 record but only 3 and 9 in the Big 12 conference. They are in 10th place in the conference and are coming off a less than impressive victory over Kansas State. The Cyclones just barely got by the Wildcats 64-61 at home; a win that snapped a 4 game losing streak.

The Buffs beat up on the Cyclones just a few weeks ago 84-69 at the Coors Event Center, when Michel Morandais scored 18 and Harrison and Pelle chipped in another 17 points each.

Game time is set for 6 pm MT and is the first of back to back games on the road. Colorado will wrap up their 2002-03 road season on the road with a trip to surprising Baylor Saturday March 1st. The Bears are 9th in the conference with a 13-10 (4-8) record.

The Buffs will finish the season with two games in Boulder where they have created a very nice home court advantage. CU will face #16 ranked Oklahoma State (20-5) on March 5th and finish the season with sorry Nebraska (9-16 / 1-11)on March 8th.

Most believe that the Buffs would be gaurenteed a NCAA bid if they could win their last four games and have a very solid chance of getting in if they can get 3 out of 4.

Where it would get interesting is if the Buffs were to go 2-2 and finish 18-11 / 8-8. Their record and strength of schedule is not anything to write home about and it would come down to the selection committee and how many teams from the Big 12 would go to the big dance.

The Buffs future and perhaps Ricardo Patton's, will come down to these last four games. Here are the Buffs team leaders and the current Big 12 conference standings.

CU STATISTICAL LEADERS

Pt Avg FG% FT% 3P%

Michel Morandais 17.8 45.9 76.9 36.0

Blair Wilson 13.8 42.8 79.3 36.6

David Harrison 13.7 55.5 58.7 0.0

REB.Tot Avg High

Stephane Pelle 241 9.6 21

David Harrison 214 8.6 18

Michel Morandais 139 5.6 9

ASSISTS Tot Avg High

James Wright 51 3.9 10

Michel Morandais 84 3.4 10

Antoine McGee 83 3.3 10

FOULS Tot Avg Dql

David Harrison 86 3.4 0

Stephane Pelle 61 2.4 0

Michel Morandais 59 2.4 0

STANDINGS Conf All

KANSAS 10 1 20 5

OKLAHOMA 9 2 18 4

OKLAHOMA ST 9 3 20 5

TEXAS 9 3 18 5

MISSOURI 7 5 16 7

COLORADO 6 6 16 9

TEXAS TECH 5 7 15 8

TEXAS A&M 5 7 13 10

BAYLOR 4 8 13 10

IOWA ST 3 9 13 10

KANSAS ST 3 9 12 13

NEBRASKA 1 11 9 16


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