GAME #12: vs. New Orleans Privateers (9-5) Wed., Dec. 28, 7:07 p.m. (MST); Coors Events Center (11,043) Television: ROOT Sports Announcers: Drew Goodman (pbp), Ceal Barry (analyst), Alanna Rizzo (courtside reporter) 850 KOA: Mark Johnson (pbp), Andy Lindahl (analyst) Sirius Radio: Channel 106 (home broadcast) Series vs. New Orleans: Privateers lead 1-0 (UNO, 67-65, Dec. 12, 2008 in Boulder). QUICKLY: Colorado closes the non-conference portion of the schedule this season against New Orleans; last season the Buff s went 11-4 in non-conference play • CU opens conference play this Saturday against Utah and the first time in history will open conference play with three consecutive home games • Coach Boyle’s two-year CU record is 31-18 (.633); 23-3 at home (.885) • CU is 6-2 over their last eight games • Austin Dufault 105 career starts (third all-time) • CU has made at least one 3-pointer in 306-consecutive games dating back to the 2001-02 season • Carlon Brown (992 pts.) needs eight points to score 1,000 career points • Andre Roberson is in the top-5 nationally in rebounding (11.5). KOA DEBUT: The CU men’s basketball team makes their debut on 850 KOA against New Orleans. Clear Channel Radio’s 850 KOA and AM 760 (KKZN), in conjunction with Learfield Sports and Buffalo Sports Properties, are expanding coverage of CU Basketball. KOA coverage will include most Pac-12 weekend games, along with an expanded pregame show, Buffs Warm-Up, will begin one-hour prior to tip-off. This season selected CU Men’s Basketball games will move to 850 KOA. KOA will begin its pregame coverage an hour prior to tip with Mark Johnson and Chris Lewis from the Coors Events Center beginning at 6 p.m. FORMER BUFFS: To former Buff Cory Higgins (’11), who made the roster of the Charlotte Bobcats. Along with Alec Burks (’11) on the Utah Jazz and of course Chauncey Billups (’97) on the Los Angeles Clippers, that’s three Buffaloes on regular season NBA rosters for the first time since the 1992-93 season (Matt Bullard, Jay Humphries, Alex Stivrins). SINGLE-DIGIT GAMES: The 1951-52 season was the last time CU opened the season with nine single-digit games in the first 11. In fact, that team started the season with 10 of the first 12 games in single-digits (3-9 record). For the season, CU played in 15 single-digit games, going 5-10 in those contests. CLOSE GAMES: The Buff aloes are 3-2 over their last fi ve games and are averaging 63.0 ppg. compared to 61.8 by the opponent (+1.2). Excluding the 28-point home opener over Fort Lewis College, the Buffs average margin of wins/losses is even after 10 games. Average margin of six wins (not counting FLC) is 4.7 points (70.7-to-66.0); four losses is an average of seven points (68.8-to-61.8). COUNTDOWN TO 1,000: Entering his final collegiate season, Carlon Brown has scored a team-high 138 points as a Buff (12.5 ppg.) giving him 992 career points. Brown scored 854 points in three years with Utah and in 109 career games played, he is averaging 9.1 ppg. FRESHMAN SENSATION: Here’s a look at freshman guard Spencer Dinwiddie. He set a season-best 18 points against Texas Southern; fourth time this season being the team leader in points scored; led team in points for the fourth time in the past six games; sixth straight game in which he picked up at least 13 points. Against TSU: set a career-high for 3-pointers made (5) and attempted (6). He went 4-of-5 from beyond the arc in the first half. It only took him 6:09 into the game to accomplish this feat. His five 3-pointers are the most 3-pointers made in a game by a CU player this season. Nate Tomlinson hit four 3-pointers at Air Force; Shot 71.4 percent (5-of-7) from the field and 83.3 percent (5-of-6) from 3-point range, both season highs. NEW ORLEANS: The Privateers played at North Texas on Tuesday bringing a six-game winning streak into Denton. UNO was 1-4 against Division I teams (losses to New Mexico, Rice, San Diego, Tulane) by an average of 28.3 points. UNO defeated Alcorn State at home (63-56). Junior forward Lovell Cook leads the team in scoring (13.3 ppg.), while senior forward Antonio Wertz is second in scoring (12.5 ppg.) and first in rebounding (8.7 rpg.). According to the NCAA - UNO will count as both a Division I and Division II counter during the 2011-2012 school year. Though all of UNO athletic teams will count as a Division I counter, contests against the Privateers will not count towards the Division I Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) in the sports where RPI is factored (i.e. volleyball, M/W basketball and baseball).