MBB: OU-Colorado Pregame Notes

Terrell Everett and the Sooners (16-5, 7-3) will tip-off against Richard Roby (16-5, 6-4) and the Buffaloes at 8:30 p.m. CST in a game televised nationally on ESPN2 Wednesday night in Boulder. Roby (above left) ranks fifth in the Big 12 in scoring and first in 3-point field goal percentage. (AP Photos)

The Setting
Oklahoma (16-5, 7-3) at Colorado (16-5, 6-4) -- 8:30 p.m. (CST) -- Boulder, Colo. -- Coors Events Center (11,064)

Media
The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2. Dave Pasch (play-by-play) and Stephen Bardo (analyst) will call the action. The game can be heard on 107.7 FM KRXO in the Oklahoma City metro area. To listen to the game online, click the link below and then click the blue listen online box near the upper left-hand corner of the page.

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The Rankings
Oklahoma is currently ranked 19th in the both the Associated Press and Coaches Top 25 Polls and 14th in the RPI. The Buffaloes fell out of the top 25 polls last week, but are 49th in the RPI.

The Series
Oklahoma leads the all-time series 84-46, but the Buffaloes are 29-26 against the Sooners in Norman. Kelvin Sampson is 14-2 overall against CU and 4-2 in Boulder.

The Matchup
Wednesday night's game between the Sooners and Buffaloes will be a battle for third place in the Big 12. Oklahoma is currently sitting alone in third place at 7-3 in Big 12 play, while Colorado is alone in fourth at 6-4.

The Buffaloes, who start three seniors (10 overall on the roster), are led by sophomore guard Richard Roby. Roby ranks fifth in the Big 12 in scoring (18.2 ppg) and is first in 3-point percentage (44.4).

Colorado leads the Big 12 in scoring (80.4 ppg), but are 8th in scoring defense (67.8 ppg). They also lead the leauge in 3-point field goals made per game (9.0).

The Buffaloes, who have dropped two of their last three games, are 4-1 in Big 12 play in Boulder so far this season.

Sampson on Colorado
"They're a team that's good at home as well on the road. They beat Missouri when Missouri was playing well, they beat Oklahoma State when Oklahoma State was playing well.

"They're a senior-laden team, although their most talented kid is (Richard) Roby. He can play. He's a 6-6 guard that is multi-talented, can shoot three's, create off the dribble, great one-on-one player. (Marcus Hall) and Roby are outstanding. I think (Chris) Copeland and Andy Osborn create a lot of problems for us.

"Any team that can shoot three's at all five positions create problems for a lot of teams, especially us because of Taj and Kevin having to go out on the perimeter. They defend guys that are 15-feet in a lot better. This will be a big challenge for us."

Oklahoma Projected Starters:
F -- 21 --Taj Gray -- 6-9, 238, Sr. -- 14.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.4 bpg
F -- 34 --Kevin Bookout -- 6-8, 270, Sr. -- 11.8 ppg, 7.2 rbg
G -- 15 --David Godbold -- 6-5, 217, So. -- 5.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg
G -- 3 -- Terrell Everett -- 6-4, 188, Sr. -- 12.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 6.4 apg
G -- 20 -- Austin Johnson -- 6-3, 168, Fr. -- 3.4 ppg, 2.1, rpg, 1.8 apg

Off the Bench
F -- 24 --Nate Carter -- 6-6, 220, Jr. -- 5.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg
G -- 2 --Michael Neal -- 6-3, 191, Jr. -- 11.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg
F -- 32 --Taylor Griffin -- 6-7, 232, Fr. -- 3.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg
C -- 30 --Longar Longar -- 6-7, 232, Fr. -- 1.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg

More on the Sooners
Roster | 2005 Stats | 2005 Schedule/Results

Colorado Projected Starters:
F -- 4 -- Andy Osborn -- 6-9, 225, Sr. -- 8.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg
F -- 15 --Chris Copeland -- 6-8, 235, Sr. -- 12.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg
F -- 33 --Julius Ashby -- 6-10, 260, Sr. -- 4.4 ppg, 1.9, 1.3 bpg rpg
G -- 21 -- Marcus Hall --6-1, 180, Jr. -- 9.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 4.0 apg
G -- 23 --Richard Roby -- 6-3, 195, So. -- 18.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.6 apg

Off the Bench
F -- 12 --Martane Freeman -- 6-7, 200, Sr. -- 8.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg
G -- 5 --Jayson Obazuaye -- 6-2, 205, Sr. -- 6.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg
F -- 11 --Dominuque Coleman -- 6-3, 170, Jr. -- 5.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg
F -- 32 --Marcus King-Stockton -- 6-9, 225, So. -- 1.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg

More on the Buffaloes
Roster | Stats | 2005 Schedule/Results


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