Buffaloes X-Factor: Josh Scott

Freshman Josh Scott could be play a key role in Friday's NCAA Tournament matchup with Colorado.

AUSTIN, Texas - By now you've heard of Spencer Dinwiddie and Andre Roberson.

The duo is Colorado's version of Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson -- the two names first mentioned in any conversation about their team.

If Colorado is successful Friday, it will be behind the efforts of it's two stars.

But there's a freshman that could provide a helping hand. Forward Josh Scott is the x-factor due to his size, 6-10, 220, and defensive and rebounding abilities.

It's not like he's under-the-radar, either. Averaging 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, the native of Monument, Colo., was named to the All-Pac 12 Freshman team.

Along with forward Xavier Johnson, it's Scott's defensive presence that allows coach Tad Boyle the freedom to stick Roberson on Paul.

On 16 occasions, Scott has pulled in 5-plus rebounds and he led the team in blocks seven times.

His length, made even longer by his more than 7-feet long wingspan, will make it tough for Illini post players around the basket.

He's also an efficient offensive player. He shot nearly 49 percent from the floor and is a 74 percent free throw shooter. During Thursday's practice, Scott was all business. He didn't speak to teammates and he never glanced at onlookers in the stands. Instead he took his shots, ran through the drills and moved on to the next task.

So while Dinwiddie and Roberson are the well-deserving team leaders, look for a younger player in Scott to play a pivotal role Friday.


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