The Buffaloes have dropped three
of their last four, including a 21 point set-back on Wednesday at
Despite their high-octane attack,
only two Buffs average double figures. Sophomore swing-guard Richard Roby (6'6)
leads the attack. Roby puts up 17.5 points a game. He can beat you in a number
of ways. He is knocking down 39 percent of his treys, but his three-point
attempts are only 40 percent of his shots. He can set up screens well, take the
ball off the dribble, and also attacks the glass, leading the Buffs in boards
(5.5 RBG.) He has a nice mid-range game, and is best operating on the baseline.
He is an absolute match-up nightmare. ISU shut him down in
Senior forward Chris Copeland
(6'8) is also a versatile player. He shoots 45 percent from the field and 37
percent from downtown. He averages 12 points a game and 5 rebounds. He has a
nice variety of post moves and will also take the opposing bigs off the dribble.
He gave ISU fits in
Junior point guard Marcus Hall (6'1) was a problem for ISU in the first half at Hilton. Hall had 16 points in the first session and hit 4 of 6 trey balls. Luckily, he cooled off and ended the game with that same total. He plays with reckless abandon for life and limb, and at the same time is an efficient floor leader. He averages 9.5 points and four assists. Probably most impressive is his 3 to 1 assist to turnover ratio. He is one of the quickest guards in the country and will look to push at all opportunities.
Senior Andy Osborn (6'9) is a guard in a forward's body. Osborn is built like Jackson Vroman, but shoots like Jake Sullivan. Although he is only shooting 36 percent from deep, 75 percent of his shots have been from out there. He is averaging just over eight points. The Buffs will try to create havoc by running high-lows with Osborn at the top of the offense. Leave him open and he will shoot it; guard him tight and he dumps it inside. He is a nice post-entry feeder. He really struggled against ISU the first go round, scoring only 6 points, on 2-9 shooting from three-land.
After that, the Buffs rotate so
many bodies you would think you are watching the Colorado Avalanche. 14 Buffs
logged minutes in
Senior guard Jayson Obazuaye (6'2) rounds out the starting five. Despite being a guard he doesn't like shooting from behind the arc, only shooting 13 of them this year. He is a classic slasher. He scores 7 points a game and grabs four rebounds. Look for him to attack off the dribble and like the rest of the Buffs, crash the glass.