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2012-2013 Season Preview: Colorado

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    Colorado basketball gets the 2012-2013 season underway on November 9 in Boulder against Wofford. When they take the floor, the Buffaloes will be looking to match or perhaps beat their 2011-2012 campaign. They lose 45% of last season's player minutes and add the contributions of two Top 100 recruits and four other incoming freshmen.

    The Colorado offense will suffer from a 53.3% drop in assists, the largest gap that the team will need to fill. Equally as concerning is three-point shooting, where they also lost a big 53.2% of last year's output.

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    Colorado played to a final overall record of 19-11 last season, placing 5th in the Pac 12 with their 11-7 conference record. In postseason play, the Buffaloes beat Arizona 53-51 to win the Pac 12 tournament. They then went to the NCAA Tournament as a #11 seed, losing in the third round to Baylor, 80-63. Colorado will feel the loss of last year's seniors Nate Tomlinson (29 minutes per game), Carlon Brown (28 MPG), Austin Dufault (27 MPG), and Trey Eckloff (2 MPG). The Buffaloes will also have to live without Damiene Cain (7 MPG), Shannon Sharpe (6 MPG), and Beau Webb (2 MPG), who left the team.
    Coming back to the Buffaloes are junior Andre Roberson (11.6 points/game), sophomore Spencer Dinwiddie (1.8 assists/game), sophomore Askia Booker (1.4 assists/game), junior Shane Harris-Tunks (2.7 points/game), and senior Sabatino Chen (2.0 points/game).
    Colorado welcomes two Top 100 Recruits to the team. Josh Scott is a 6-10 center from Monument, CO and is the #50 ranked recruit in the country. Xavier Johnson is a 6-6 forward from Santa Ana, CA and ranked #67.
    The Buffaloes get more new blood, including freshmen 6-8 Wesley Gordon, 6-1 Xavier Talton, 6-3 Eli Stalzer, and 6-7 Chris Jenkins. Also joining the team are 6-0 sophomore Beau Gamble (transferred from Santa Clara) and 6-2 junior Kevin Nelson.
    The Buffaloes schedule includes four games against AP preseason Top 25 teams. The first three are at #7 Kansas on December 8th, at #12 Arizona on January 3rd, and #13 UCLA on January 12th. The first Pac 12 game for Colorado will be on January 3rd at #12 Arizona.
    Season Preview Notes:

    • Colorado has had 2 consecutive 20+ win seasons.
    • Since 2002, Colorado has an overall winning percentage of 51.5%.
    • The Buffaloes have an average conference finish of 8.4 over the last 5 seasons. Over the past 16 the team has an average finish of 7.3.
    • In a 10 year period, Colorado has signed 2 Top 100 high school players.
    • The average final RPI (last year) of opponents on this year's schedule is 145.5.
    • This year's opponent with the highest RPI from last year is Kansas (#5).
    • This year's opponent with the lowest RPI from last year is Northern Arizona (#334).
    • Colorado has 4 Preseason AP Top 25 teams on the schedule.


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