Scouting report: Colorado
Game info: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000 capacity).
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Kevin Calabro and Lenny Wilkens).
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
Record: 11-5, 1-3 Pac-12.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Colorado and Washington.
Coach: Tad Boyle is 59-31 (.656) in his third season with the Buffaloes and 11-5-97 (.542) in seven years as a head coach. Prior to joining Colorado on April 19, 2010, he spent four years at Northern Colorado where he amassed a 56-66 (.459) record.
Prediction: Picked to finish sixth in a preseason poll in the Pac-12 by media who cover the conference.
Series: The series began Dec. 30, 1953 and it’s tied 7-7. Washington is 5-1 in Seattle. The last time the Huskies hosted the Buffaloes, UW won 76-68 on Jan. 2, 1996.
Last meeting: Washington traveled to Boulder, Colo. last season and got waxed 87-69 on Jan. 5, 2012. Tony Wroten Jr. led UW with 21 points, seven steals and six rebounds while C.J. Wilcox added 19 points and Terrence Ross 13. But the Huskies’ offense bogged down and defensively they were no match for CU’s balanced scoring. The Buffs had five players score in double figures.
Previous game: Lost 78-75 at home to UCLA on Saturday.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— At 6-6, sophomore guard Spencer Dinwiddie (right) can be a matchup nightmare. He’s the primary ball handler and he puts a lot of pressure on opponents because of his height and length. In two seasons, Dinwiddie has started every game for the Buffs. Last season, he scored 13 points to help them in the win over Washington. He averaged 10 points last season and was named to the Pac-12 all-freshman team.
This season, Dinwiddie does a little bit of everything for CU. He’s first on the team in assists (2.7 per game), second in scoring (14.4), third in rebounding (3.9) and fourth in field goal percentage (46.0). Dinwiddie also averages 1.4 steals and 2.4 turnovers.
He scored a career-high 29 points on Dec. 5 against Colorado State. He was named to the Bob Cousy Watch list.
— Junior forward Andre Roberson gets most of the attention because he’s on pace to average a double double for the second straight season, which would be a first for a CU player. The 6-7 big man averages 11.8 rebounds, which ranks third in the nation. He’s always in constant motion. Think Dennis Rodman. Roberson isn’t particularly big – he weighs 210 – but he’s a rebounding savant. Colorado is 16-5 when he grabs 12-plus boards and 8-0 when he’s over 15.
Roberson isn’t Colorado’s first, second or third offensive option, but he averages 10.9 points and shoots 53.7 percent from the field. His season high is 18 points and his career best is 21. He has six of his 31 double doubles this season. The Buffs are 25-6 when he has a double double.
Roberson is also an accomplished shot blocker who ranks seventh on the school’s all-time list with 109.
Last season he was named to the all-Pac-12 first team and all-Pac-12 defensive team.
— Sophomore guard Askia Booker has made a big jump in a short time. Last season he provided a spark off the bench and began to really come into his own late in the season. This season he moved into the starting lineup and continued to get better. Booker was the MVP of the Charleston Classic and won the Pac-12 Player of the Week award in November. He leads CU with a 14.9 scoring average and 29 three-pointers. Booker is quick with the ball and will take big shots.