Nov 18, 2013; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes guard Jaron Hopkins (23) and guard Xavier Talton (3) and guard Spencer Dinwiddie (25) and forward Josh Scott (40) and guard/forward Tre

Buffs Poised For Good Season


The Colorado Buffaloes are coming off of an NCAA Tournament birth, in which they lost to the Illinois Fighting Illini in the second round. Colorado earned the 7th seed in the East bracket as they finished the season 21-12 overall, 10-8 in PAC-12 play.

This season however, they have started off strong. Despite losing their first game of the season to Baylor, Colorado has bounced back winning six-straight. In their win against Harvard Sunday afternoon, they battled back as a team. They trailed for almost 35-minutes of play coming back to defeat the Harvard Crimson.

Sunday’s second half proved it. Down by 14 points in the opening minute of the final 20, the Buffs (6-1) used a 14-0 run in the last  8:23 to catch and surpass the Crimson (4-1). Sophomore forward Xavier Johnson contributed back-to-back three-pointers in the run, with junior guard Spencer Dinwiddie adding a third and edging the CEC crowd of 9,770 close to delirium.

Colorado now sits at 6-1 overall, 0-0 in PAC-12 play as they will play against Air Force Saturday afternoon.

Colorado would however lose PAC-12 defensive player of the year in Andre Robersonas he would declare for the 2013 NBA Draft. Roberson would wind up being drafted late in the first-round to the Minnesota Timberwolves at 26th overall, but was then traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Colorado had a void to fill in Roberson’s footsteps as they expect sophomore forward Xavier Johnson to fill in nicely. In his freshman year, ‘X” as they call him, would average 8.9 points per game, 4.8 rebounds, shooting 51.5% percent from the field. So far in the early goings this season, he has posted 10.6 points per game, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.8 steals.

The Buffs will be led by junior guard Spencer Dinwiddie. Here is his sophomore year in review via cubuffs.com.

2012-2013 (sophomore): A key contributor helping the Buffaloes to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, a school-first in back-to-back years since 1961-62 & 1962-63 (50 years) • Started every game (33) • First in scoring (15.3 ppg.); assists (99, 3.0) and free throw percentage (82.5%) • Led CU in scoring: 15 times; assists: 20 times (2 shared); steals: eight times (2 shared); blocks: 6 times (6 shared) • 505 points scored (ninth among all CU sophomores), 198 of them came from free throw line • Teamed with Askia Booker (410 pts.) to break CU sophomore tandem record (915 points) • Also formed best one-two backcourt scoring punches with Booker among BCS schools (27.7 ppg.), fourth overall in Division I • Tallied 18+ points: 13 times • 10+ points: 26 times • Career-high 29 points with five 3-pointers in home win over Colorado State (Dec. 5) and was one of eight times scoring over 20 points in a game • 198 free throws, second all-time in a single season; 240 FT attempts, third all-time in a single season • His 82.5 single season percentage ranks eighth • 99 assists ranks No. 35 all-time and is eighth among all CU sophomores • 1,073 season minutes ranks 11th • Owns five of the top six scoring games on the team and three of the assist games.

Colorado will also rely heavily upon junior guard Askia Booker, and sophomore center Josh Scott. Booker would be the second leading scorer on last years squad, averaging 12.4 points per game, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. In Scott’s freshman season, he would be fourth on the team in scoring with 10.2 points per game, but led the team in rebounds with 11.2, and was also first in blocks per game at 1.3. Also, red-shirt freshman Wesley Gordon will be in the starting rotation for the Buffs.

Buffaloes head coach Tad Boyle would do well in the recruiting class, as he inked 4-star guard according to ESPN, Tre’Shaun Fletcher out of Tacoma, Washington. He would average 21 points per game, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists per game his senior year in high school. Other notable freshman: 3-star forward Dustin Thomas out of Texarkana, Texas and 3-star guard Jaron Hopkins out of Mesa, Arizona.

Notable Returners: Beau Gamble – Sr, Ben Mills – Sr, Spencer Dinwiddie – Jr, Askia Booker – Jr, Xavier Johnson – So, Josh Scott – So, Eli Stalzer – So, Xavier Talton – So, Wesley Gordon – RFr.

Incomers: Geoffrey Bates – Sr, Kevin Nelson – Sr, Brady Bent – So, Tre’Shaun Fletcher – Fr, Jaron Hopkins – Fr, George King – Fr, Dustin Thomas – Fr.

Schedule:

Nov 8th: vs. Baylor

Nov 10th: vs. Tennessee-Martin

Nov 13th: vs. Wyoming

Nov 16th: vs. Jackson State

Nov 18th: vs. Arkansas State

Nov 21st: vs. UC Santa Barbara

Nov 24th: vs. Harvard

Nov 30th: @ Air Force

Dec 3rd: @ Colorado St.

Dec 7th: vs. Kansas

Dec 13th: vs. Elon

Dec 21st: vs. Oklahoma St.

Dec 28th: vs. Georgia

Jan 2nd: vs. Oregon State

Jan 5th: vs. Oregon

Jan 8th: @ Washington St.

Jan 12th: @ Washington

Jan 16th: vs. UCLA

Jan 18th: vs. USC

Jan 23rd: @ Arizona

Jan 25th: @ Arizona St.

Feb 1st: vs. Utah

Feb 5th: vs. Washington St.

Feb 9th: vs. Washington

Feb 13th: @ UCLA

Feb 16th: @ USC

Feb 19th: vs. Arizona St.

Feb 22nd: vs. Arizona

Mar 1st: @ Utah

Mar 5th: @ Stanford

Mar 8th: @ California

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