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Colorado Buffaloes Need Upset Victory Over Oregon on Wednesday Night

Ron Chenoy-USA Today Sports

On Wednesday night, Colorado will play host to the Oregon Ducks in a contest that undoubtedly marks a must-win situation for the Buffaloes.

Back on Feb. 7, Colorado shocked the Ducks on the road, slipping through the cracks thanks to a late basket by Andre Roberson with under 30 seconds to play. The victory marked a crucial, top 25 victory that is still one of the better highlights on the Buffs’ resume at this point, but with Oregon out for revenge on Wednesday night, Colorado must protect its home court.

The first time around, the contest between the Ducks and Buffaloes was ugly. The final score was 48-47 and if you couldn’t tell just from that, scoring was at a premium. It’s unlikely that this contest will once again be played in the 40s, but the key for Colorado may once again lie in the hands of Roberson.

During that win in early February, Roberson finished with a double-double, scoring ten points in addition to securing 13 rebounds. If Roberson can once again flex his muscles and have a big game in the paint, the advantage certainly lies in Colorado’s hands. Oregon is known for a consistent and balanced attack that is well paced by their inside producers. It will be interesting to see if Oregon head coach Dana Altman attempts to get the ball inside early and often in an attempt to control things in the paint.

Colorado must be ready for anything that the Ducks may throw at them because this is a game that they need to have. Colorado is in search of their 20th win of the season on Wednesday night and tenth overall within the Pac-12.

Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00pm (EST).

 

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