Mar 15, 2012; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Colorado Buffaloes guard Carlon Brown (30) celebrates with guards Spencer Dinwiddie (25) and Askia Booker (0) and forward Andre Roberson (21) in the game against the UNLV Rebels during the second half in the second round of the 2012 NCAA men

Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Preview: Colorado Buffaloes


The Colorado Buffaloes had an extremely successful 2011-2012 season. Colorado finished the season with an overall record of 24-12 and a Pac-12 conference record of 11-7. The main reason why it was a successful season for the Buffaloes was because of the streak they went on during the conference tournament.

Colorado won the Pac-12 Tournament crown after winning four games. One of those games included a shocking game against the Oregon Ducks where Colorado won 63-62. They earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament by winning the conference tournament and was an eleventh-seed. They played #6 seed UNLV in their first tournament game and won, but lost to #3 seed Baylor in the next round.

A big loss for the Buffaloes this season is Carlon Brown. Brown was the leader scorer for Colorado last season with 12.6 points per game. He also averaged 3.8 rebounds per game and 2.0 assists per game. He was one of the key performer for the team during their late run last year.

Despite the loss of Brown, Colorado will have Andre Roberson returning for the 2012-2013 season. Last season, he averaged a double-double the entire season with 11.6 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per game.

According to cubuffs.com, Roberson “set the CU single-season rebounding record (401) breaking a 58-year old mark previously set by Burdette Haldorson (1954-55)” and “set the single-season defensive rebounding record (290) breaking the 225 by Shaun Vandiver (1989-90), 23 years ago.”

This year will be a much different year for the Colorado Buffaloes. Honestly, it would be a surprise if they did anything in the Pac-12 this season. Mainly because of losing Carlon Brown.

Brown was a fuel for the Buffs late run last season. Yes, Andre Roberson is a quality player and will most likely average a double-double again this year. Colorado will most likely end up like last year’s Oregon Ducks team. Make a late season push, but fall just short on a tournament bid.

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  • I (re)wrote your story

    That was one of the worst articles I have read in a very long time. I would be embarrassed to put my name on it. Clearly you don’t know anything about basketball let alone the state of the Colorado basketball program. To make things worse you do a half assed job researching the team and report random facts in a fashion resembling that of a 4th grade book report. Listing things is easy but it is not good writing. You start a paragraph off with, “Colorado won the Pac-12 Tournament crown after winning four games”. Have you ever heard of a topic sentence? Let alone the fact that the sentence makes little sense given its context. When did they play these games, where, who did they beat? Did they lose any games? Was it important that they won four in a row? There is nothing to clarify what you are saying. I don’t have enough time or energy to continue showing you just how bad your writing is so I’m going to move on to content. I would recommend picking up a copy of the MLA handbook you clearly need it badly. How can you only mention one current and one former player in a preview article for the upcoming season? Last time I checked coaches get to give out double digit scholarships and five guys are on the floor for each team the whole game so it might be worth mentioning more players. What was shocking about their victory against Oregon? They won two out of three against the Ducks and had a halftime lead in the other game. Perhaps they were just a better team? How is losing Carlon Brown and his 12.6 ppg going to be the main factor in the regression of the team? 12 points is not a significant amount for a leading scorer in the college game. The fact that he was the leading scorer at 12.6 ppg means the Buffs had a balanced attack offensively (which is a good thing in case you were wondering). This balanced attack will limit the damage caused by his departure . By the way the buffs also lost three other seniors and had a reserve guard transfer. The leadership of the seniors is what this team will have to replace the players on the squad are perfectly capable of replacing the numbers on the stat sheet. Furthermore, you make no mention of incoming players and the potential impact they could have. The Buffs will be a very young team with the addition of six freshmen to the roster. Two of which are consensus top 100 players nationally who are going to be counted on to come in and make a large impact if the team is to succeed. Don’t be surprised when Colorado makes noise in the PAC12 because none of their fans will be. They will not win the regular season title but a top half finish even as high as the 3-4 range is not out of the question if things come together sooner rather than later for the young buffs.