Hoops Preview - Colorado

Having lost all four games away from the friendly confines of Alaska Airlines Arena, the Washington Huskies will have the chance to change their ways on Thursday night when they travel to Boulder, Colo. to face Colorado at 6 p.m. PT. It will be televised on ROOT Sports. This will be the first meeting in conference play between the two squads.

The Buffaloes (1-0 in conference and 9-4 overall) are coached by Tad Boyle. In his second year at Colorado, Boyle sports a 33-18 record since arriving from Northern Colorado. With the Bears at Northern Colorado, he had a 56-66 record over four seasons.

This season, Colorado has marquee wins over just Georgia and has losses to Wichita State, Maryland, Colorado State and Wyoming. However, the Buffaloes are in midseason form, riding a four game win streak, as of right now.

By far their most valuable player, Andre Roberson, a 6-foot-7 sophomore wing, is averaging 12.1 points a game on 50 percent shooting and 12 rebounds. He also contributes 1.4 blocks a game. His 12 rebounds puts him at No. 3 in the nation and with eight defensive rebounds a game, he is No. 7.

Starting alongside Robinson in the backcourt will be leading scorer and Utah transfer Carlon Brown. A 6-foot-5 senior guard, Brown is averaging 12.8 points a game on 50 percent shooting. He also adds 3.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists a contest.

Also in the starting lineup, expect to see guards Spencer Dinwiddle and Nate Tomlinson and center Austin Dufault. Off the bench, Askia Booker and Shane Harris-Tunks will see a solid amount of minutes.

Historically, Washington and Colorado have met 13 times, with UW holding the all-time series record of 7-6, but are down 2-4 on the road. The last time the two schools met was in 1996, when UW beat Colorado in Seattle.

BY THE NUMBERS:
1: Is the number of times Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar has faced Colorado. In 1999, Romar and his Pepperdine squad lost 65-61 in the NIT to the Buffaloes.
1: Number of juniors on the roster.
2: Is the number of tournament appearances Boyle has coached in. In 2009-2010, he took Northern Colorado to the CIT second round and in the following year he took Colorado to the NIT Semifinals to Alabama, who lost to Wichita State in the finals. Boyle also played in two NCAA tournaments as a member of Kansas from 1981-1985.
2: Final Four appearances for Colorado (1942 and 1955).
2: Australian-born Colorado players. Tomlinson is from Sydney and Harris-Tunks is from Liverpool, New South Wales.
3: Retired numbers. Those belong to Burdette Haldorson (No. 22 in 1994), Cliff Meely (No. 20 in 1994) and Chauncey Billups (No. 4 in 2005).
3: Freshman on the roster.
4: Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen appearances for Colorado (1942, 1955, 1962 and 1963).
4: Seniors on the roster.
4: Players that transferred in from other colleges on Colorado's current roster.
5: Regular season conference titles (1954, 1955, 1962, 1963 and 1969).
6: The highest ranking Colorado has achieved. It came on Dec. 18, 1962. The team finished at No. 10.
6: Number of sophomores on the roster.
7: Round of 32 appearances (1942, 1954, 1955, 1962, 1963, 1969 and 1997).
8: The number of All-American players from Colorado. The list includes Jack Harvey (1939 and 1940), Jim Willcoxon (1939), Robert Doll (1942), Leason McCloud (1942), Haldorson (1955), Ken Charlton (1963), Meely (1971) and Billups (1997).
10: NCAA Tournament appearances (1940, 1942, 1946, 1954, 1955, 1962, 1963, 1969, 1997 and 2003).
10: The number of times Colorado has been inside the AP top 10. The last time it happened was the 1969-70 preseason.
18: Head coaches, including Hall of Famer Henry Iba.
24: Was the last AP ranking Colorado obtained. It came at the end of the 1996-97 season.
24: Most wins in a season. Accomplished last season.
27: 1,000 point scorers. Cory Higgins and Richard Roby are tied atop that list with 2,001.
31: NBA draft picks. Organized by draft position, the players were Billups (No. 3 by Boston in 1997), Tom Harrold (No. 4 by Fort Wayne in 1955), Haldorson (No. 5 by Milwaukee in 1955), Scott Wedman (No. 6 by KC-Omaha in 1974), Meely (No. 7 by San Diego in 1971), Tom Mock (No. 9 by Fort Wayne in 1955), Wayne Tucker (No. 9 by Tri-Cities in 1951), Alec Burks (No. 12 by Utah in 2011), Jay Humphries (No. 13 by Phoenix in 1984), Shaun Vandiver (No. 25 by Golden State in 1991), Pat Frink (No. 27 by Cincinnati in 1968), David Harrison (No. 29 by Indiana in 2004), Jim Davis (No. 29 by Detroit in 1964), Charlton (No. 32 by Cincinnati in 1963), Jim Creighton (No. 39 by Seattle in 1972), Donnie Boyce (No. 42 by Atlanta in 1995), Jaquay Walls (No. 56 by Indiana in 2000), Alex Stivrins (No. 75 by Indiana in 1985), Chuck Williams (No. 77 by Philadelphia in 1968), Chuck Gardner (No. 81 by Baltimore in 1966), Joe Cooper (No. 96 by New Jersey in 1981), Wilky Gilmore (No. 98 by St. Louis in 1962), Dave Logan (No. 139 by Kansas City in 1976), JoJo Hunter (No. 146 by Milwaukee in 1981), Lee Haven (No. 146 by Portland in 1974), Rob Gonzalez (No. 147 by Detroit in 1983), Larry Vaculik (No. 168 by Denver in 1978), Jacques Tuz (No. 173 by San Diego in 1982), Emmett Lewis (No. 181 by Denver in 1979), Brian Johnson (No. 212 by Phoenix in 1981) and Doll (St. Louis in 1946).
45: Most points allowed in one game to a single player. It came against Kansas' Wilt Chamberlin on Dec. 29, 1956. He attempted 33 field goal attempts that game.
107: Most points in a conference game. It occurred against Iowa State on March 5, 1970.
132: Most points in a game. It occurred against George Mason on Dec. 2, 1995 in a game that went to overtime.

QUICK FACTS:
- In college, Boyle played under legendary head coaches Ted Owens and Larry Brown. He was also the team captain as a senior.
- Romar, on the other hand, played at Colorado in 1978. The Huskies won that game 81-70.


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