Big matchup between the Huskies and Buffaloes who are in a three-way fourth-place in the Pac-12 with Utah. With 3 1/2 weeks left in the regular season, both teams remain in the hunt for the conference title and a NCAA tournament berth.
Scouting report: Colorado.
Game info: 11 a.m. (PT) Saturday at Coors Events Center (11,064).
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Rich Cellini and Matt Muelebach).
Radio: KOMO 1000 AM and FM 97.7 (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
Coach: Tad Boyle, is 126-75 (.626) in his sixth season with the Buffaloes and 182-141 (.563) in 10th year as a head coach. He has the best winning percentage in school history (minimum two years) and he’s fourth on Colorado’s all-time coaching wins list. He’s also the first coach to guide CU to four 20-plus win seasons. Prior to joining Colorado on April 19, 2010, he spent four years at Northern Colorado where he amassed a 56-66 (.459) record. Boyle, 51, played at Kansas (1981-85).
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Prediction: Picked to finish seventh in the Pac-12 preseason media poll.
Series: Washington leads 11-9 in a series that began Dec. 30, 1953. Since joining the Pac-12 in 2012, Colorado is 3-4 against UW. The teams split last season’s series, each won on the road. Lorenzo Romar is 4-4 all-time against Colorado. Boyle is 3-4 against UW.
Last meeting: Washington cruised to one a rare rout in the Pac-12 and crushed Colorado 95-83 on Jan. 20 at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Huskies took control midway in the first half and went up 47-33 at the break. They held a double-digit lead for 19 minutes in the second half and extended their lead to 22 points (71-49) with 11:39 left. The Huskies blocked 15 shots, including seven from Malik Dime and five from Marquese Chriss. Andrew Andrews finished with 33 points, six rebounds and four assists. Washington also received big games from Dejounte Murray (17 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals), Chriss (17 points and six rebounds) and Dime (10 points and six rebounds).
Previous game: Colorado needed a miracle three-pointer at the buzzer in overtime, then held off Washington State for an 88-81 victory in double overtime on Thursday at the Coors Events Center.
Point spread: Colorado is a 4.0 favorite.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Josh Scott, a senior forward, sprained his ankle Feb. 6 at Oregon State and didn’t play Thursday. He’s questionable for Saturday’s game. Last season, Scott missed eight game due to a back injury. He’s one of the all-time greats at Colorado who ranks among the school’s top 10 scorers and top five rebounders. He’s a little bit like Tim Duncan in that despite putting up eye-popping statistics, he often gets overlooked perhaps in part due to an even-keel demeanor and a game that’s more substance than flash. Scott has 11 double doubles this season, which is second in the Pac-12. In their last meeting, he had 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting and 12 rebounds. In five games against UW, Scott is averaging 16.6 points and 7.4 rebounds. He does a great job of getting to the free throw line where he’s shooting 74.52 percent. Scott is second in the Pac-12 with 149 FT attempts. He’s the only player ranked in the top 10 in the league in scoring (5th, 16.7 ppg), rebounding (4th, 9.1 rpg), field goal percentage (9th, 55.6%) and blocks (4th, 1.8 bpg).
— George King, a sophomore guard, is second among CU players with a 14.5 scoring average. King was the star Thursday. He drained a three-pointer as time expired in overtime to force another extra period. He also led the Buffs with 21 points. It was a tremendous bounce-back performance after King tallied just one point in the previous game, a 60-56 loss at Oregon State. In his last game against Washington, he had 18 points on 6-for-12 shooting.
— Colorado is 13-1 at Coors Events Center where they average 8,211 fans, which is fourth in the Pac-12.
— The last time Colorado hosted Washington, Andrews hit a long jumper at the buzzer to give the Huskies a 52-50 win on Jan. 22, 2015.
— Before Thursday’s game, Colorado ranked third in NCAA Division I in rebounds per game at 42.8 and first in the Power 5 Conferences. The Buffs trail only Quinnipiac out of the Metro Atlantic (44.7 rpg) and Texas-Arlington of the Sun Belt (44.2 rpg).
— The Buffaloes lead the Pac-12 with a 40.3 three-point shooting percentage. Four CU players with at least 50 attempts shoot at least 39 percent on 3s.
— Tacoma native Tre’Shaun Fletcher, a 6-7 wing, is second in the conference with an 88.5 percent free throw percentage (23 of 26) in Pac-12 games. He’s converted 44 of 54 (81.5 percent) on the season. Fletcher has started 13 games and is averaging 7.0 points.
— Sophomore Dominique Collier is the primary ball handler and play maker who averages 3.1 assists. However seven Buffaloes have at least 25 assists.
— Junior forward Wesley Gordon and Scott rank third and fourth respectively in the Pac-12 in blocks. Gordon has 53 and Scott 43.