Breakdown: MSU vs Colorado

The Colorado Buffaloes will present a formidable challenge for Michigan State on Friday. SpartansInsider.com delivers aplayer-by-player breakdown of Colorado, the Buffaloes' statistics, big wins and key losses.

Scouting Report

Colorado finished the season 20-11 overall and 9-7 in the Big 12 conference. This is the second trip for the Buffaloes in Ricardo Patton’s eight years as head coach. The Buffaloes last made the field of 64 during the 1996-97 campaign. The 10th seeded Buffaloes will tangle with the 7th seeded Michigan State Spartans (19-12) in the first round of the South region. Game time is slated for 7:10 p.m. EST in Tampa, Fla.

Starters

Michel Moran dais – The 6-foot-5 guard/forward leads the team in scoring at 17 points per game and assists at 3.3 per game. The junior was name to the All-Big 12 second team for his efforts this season. Moran dais is a complete player on the offensive and defensive end and his versatility could create some match up problems.

David Harrison – The 7-foot center David Harrison averages 13.9 ppg, 8.4 rebounds per game and has blocked 99 shots on the season. The sophomore earned All-Big 12 honorable mention honors this season. The 7-footer’s skills are continuing to blossom and it’s scary to think that he still has two more years of eligibility left.

Stephane Pelle – The 6-foot-8 averages 12.2 ppg and is the team’s leading rebounder at 9.4 per game. The senior earned All-Big 12 third team honors for his efforts this season. Last season the Buffaloes captain averaged double digits in both points and rebounds for the entire season. The only other player to do that was Kansas’s Drew Gooden.

Blair Wilson – The 6-foot 6 guard/forward averages 12.9 ppg and is the Buffaloes 3-point shooting specialist. The junior threw up 232 3-point shots for the season and connected on 34.5 percent of them. Wilson is also the team leader in steals with 36.

Antoine McGee – The 5-foot-10 point guard averages 2.6 points and is second on the team in assists with 3.03 per game. The freshman shares time at the point with James Wright. McGee averages 19.8 minutes per game, while the other four starters all average 27 or more minutes.

Bench

James Wright – The 6-foot point guard averages 6.8 points per game and has dished out 68 assists in the 18 games he has played. The senior averages 21.9 minutes per game and can shot the 3-point shot if needed. Wright banked home a 3-pointer at the buzzer to eliminate Kansas State in the first round of the Big 12 tournament

Lamar Harris – The 6-foot-7 forward provides a spark for the Buffaloes, averaging 4.7 points, 5.6 rebounds in just fewer than 16 minutes of play. The JUCO-transfer averaged 12.4 points and 8.4 rebounds at Compton (Calif.) Community College.

Glean Eddy – The 6-foot-5 freshman forward averages 3.6 points, 3 rebounds per game in 13.5 minutes.

Jayson Obazuaye – 6-foot-2 freshman guard averages 2.9 points in 10.6 minutes of play.

Team stats

The Buffaloes average 75.5 points per game and come into Friday’s game shooting 44 percent from the field and 32 percent from beyond the 3-point line. Shoot 44 percent from the field, Shot 32 percent from 3-point line. Colorado holds its opponents to 40 percent shooting from the field, but teams have no trouble shooting from long-range against them. Opponents made 209-of-613 3’s against them, good enough for 34 percent. Colorado shoots just 67.5 percent from free-throw line and has just two players averaging 80 percent (Wilson 80.3 percent and Pellet 80.2 percent). The Buffaloes average 42.5 rebounds per game and hold a +5.7 rebounding margin over their opponents. Finally, Colorado averages 14 turnovers a game and does not allow opponents to get good looks in the paint. The Buffaloes blocked 206 shots this season – that’s 6.6 per game.

Big wins: Kansas, Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma St.

Key losses: Kansas St. (13-17)


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