Scouting report: Colorado.
Game info: 6:30 p.m. PT Thursday at Coors Events Center (11,064).
TV: Fox Sports 1 (Aaron Goldsmith and Donny Marshall).
Radio: KOMO 1000 AM and FM 97.7 (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
Coach: Tad Boyle is 101-58 (.635) in his fifth season with the Buffaloes and 157-124 (.559) in nine years as a head coach. He’s fourth on Colorado’s all-time coaching wins list. He’s also the first coach to guide CU to four 20-plus win seasons. His .635 winning percentage is the best in school history. Prior to joining Colorado on April 19, 2010, he spent four years at Northern Colorado where he amassed a 56-66 (.459) record. Boyle, 51, played at Kansas (1981-85).
Prediction: The Buffaloes were picked third in the Pac-12 preseason media poll.
Series: Washington leads 9-8 in a series that began Dec. 30, 1953. The Huskies have lost four straight games at Coors Events Center. The teams split two games last season with each team winning at home. Lorenzo Romar is 2-2 all-time against Colorado. Boyle is 2-2 against UW.
Last meeting: Colorado crushed Washington 91-65 at Coors Events Center on Feb. 9, 2014. Nigel Williams-Goss led the Huskies with 15 points on 5-for-13 shooting and Perris Blackwell added 10.
Previous game: Colorado lost 78-72 to Arizona State last Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.
Odds: Colorado is a 1.5-point favorite.
PLAYER TO WATCH:
— Senior guard Askia Booker leads Colorado in scoring averaging 16.7 points. During the past five games when injuries have limited Colorado offensively, Booker has been the team’s top scorer in each contest. He’s averaged 20.2 points in the past five Pac-12 games. Booker scored a career-high 30 points last week during a 68-54 loss at Arizona. He finished with 20 points and seven in his last meeting with Washington.
Booker has always been a streaky shooter. He’s capable of big games and unafraid of taking clutch shots. He’s also a tweener, who struggles running the offense. Booker is one of the cornerstones to Colorado’s rise to Pac-12 prominence. He’s played in three NCAA tournaments. He’s done a remarkable job improving his perimeter shot. Last season, he shot 27.2 percent on three-pointers. This season he’s shooting 41.5 percent behind the arc.
— It’s unclear if junior forward Josh Scott (back spasms) will play Thursday. He’s missed four of the past five games. Scott is second on the team in scoring (13.8) and first in rebounds (7.2). Scott has been a difficult matchup for the Huskies. In their last meeting, he scored 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting.
— Junior forward Xavier Johnson is serving a one-game suspension. Reportedly, the suspension stems from an off-the-court incident. He ranks third among CU players averaging 12.8 points and 5.4 rebounds. In their last meeting, Johnson hammered the Huskies with 24 points.
— Sophomore forward Wesley Gordon replaced Scott in the lineup. He’s averaging 6.8 points and 8.6 rebounds in Pac-12 games.
— Colorado has lost three straight games – all on the road. The Buffs play their first home game since Jan. 4.
— In the past three games, sophomore guard Jaron Hopkins is averaging 13.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.0 steals per game. He shooting 59.3 percent from the field (16-of-27).
— Sophomore forward Tre’Shaun Fletcher, the former standout at Tacoma’s Lincoln High, ranks tied for first in Pac-12-only games shooting 66.7 percent on three-pointers.
— CU has allowed the opponent to score 70 points just three times this season (Arizona State: 78; Lipscomb: 75 and Utah: 74).
— Under Boyle, Coors Events Center has become a difficult venue for opposing teams. During his five-year tenure, the Buffaloes are 66-10 (.872) at home. Pac-12 teams are 6-23 at CU in the Boyle era. The Buffs are 8-1 at home this season.