The Colorado Buffaloes have faced an up-hill battle all season long, falling toward the bottom of the Pac-12 standings. Wednesday night against the Oregon State Beavers was a different story, however. Colorado shot 50.0% from the field for the game, including 24-of-26 from the charity stripe to advance in the Pac-12 tournament, defeating Oregon State 79-71.
What: Pac-12 Tournament – Quarterfinal: Colorado Buffaloes vs. Oregon Ducks
When: Thursday, March 12th
Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena
Time: 9:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM MST
TV: PAC12 Network
Colorado will need out they can get out of senior Askia Booker and junior Josh Scott Thursday night in order to take down the 23-8 Oregon Ducks. Booker didn’t shoot exceptionally well from the field against Oregon State the previous night (4-of-13), but made up for it at the charity stripe (9-of-10). He made shots when they mattered, finishing with 20 points and 3 assists.
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Scott on the other hand took it to the Beavers in the post. The junior shot 4-of-8 from the field, collecting a double-double: 16 points, 14 rebounds. Scott also added 2 blocks and 1 steal to his credit. Not to mention, sophomores Tre’Shaun Fletcher and Dustin Thomas combined for 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting.
The Buffs will have their hands full Thursday night with the Ducks balanced attack of Joseph Young and Elgin Cook. Young is 18th in the NCAA, averaging 19.8 points per game. The last time these two teams met up (Feb. 18), Young scored 23 points on 8-of-20 shooting, collecting 6 assists, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals.
Colorado will need to be active on the glass; that’s when they are at their best. The Buffs are fourth in the Pac-12 in rebounding margin with +1.8. However, Oregon is good at both knocking down the three and defending it. Oregon is shooting 36.9% from deep in conference play, while holding opponents to just 30.8% percent.
Either way you spin it, Thursday nights game between the Buffaloes and Ducks should be a treat to watch.