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Colorado Forward Andre Roberson Out Against Oregon With a “Viral Illness”

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Not that things needed to get any tougher for Colorado headed into the final weekend of the regular season but things just did.

The nation’s leading rebounder, and arguably Colorado’s best player, Andre Roberson has been listed out of their game on Thursday night against Oregon with a “viral illness”. According to the school Roberson is listed as day-to-day, as far as his recovery time goes, but initial reports suggested a more severe illness for the big man.

Less than 30 minutes until game time news broke that Roberson was out indefinitely with mononucleosis but since those initial reports the school dulled down the severeness of the illness and his recovery time. Signs of a Roberson sickness were clear during this last week of practices as Roberson sat out Tuesday’s session and then was not around for Wednesday’s light practice.

If Roberson is out for an extended period of time it puts Colorado’s March ambitions into question. I think even without Roberson Colorado is an NCAA Tournament team but they won’t be able to go as far into the tournament without his services. However, Colorado has more urgent issues at hand, most notably the final two games of the regular season.

Colorado takes on an Oregon team tonight that is fighting for the Pac 12 regular season championship and then they play Oregon State two days later. Against Oregon the rebounding battle was already skewed in the Ducks’ favor but now without Roberson, who averages 11.5 rebounds per game, Oregon has a decided advantage.

This will be a situation worth following, especially with the Pac 12 Tournament and the NCAA Tournament right around the corner.

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2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 8 Colorado vs No. 9 Pittsburgh





The Colorado Buffaloes were one of the dark horses for the National Championship early in the season, but an injury to Spencer Dinwiddie halted their dominating stretch of wins. Still managing to secure a No. 8 seed in the South region of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, the Buffaloes will face the also inconsistent No.  9 seed Pittsburgh Panthers on March 20th in a game that features two of college basketball’s biggest wild cards.

Pittsburgh finished fifth in the ACC, but nearly beat the Virginia Cavaliers to advance to the ACC Tournament finals. When Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna are on, they are a potential Elite Eight team; when they’re off, Pitt wouldn’t make it out of the first round of the NIT. The Panthers have a tournament streak in them, but they have to get off to a confident start.

What to Watch For

Josh Scott is playing extremely well for Colorado; he leads the team in points per game and rebounds since Dinwiddie’s injury. However, the Buffaloes will not win unless someone else steps up. Pittsburgh is an all-around talented team that likes to share the ball; Colorado must disrupt that. Patterson and Zanna will be the least of the Buffaloes’ worries if Pitt gets into a groove early on.

Prediction:

Colorado just isn’t the National Title threat that they were earlier in the season after Dinwiddie’s injury. The Buffaloes are a good team, but don’t look cohesive anymore. On the other hand, Pittsburgh looks like they could be catching on at the right moment. Expect big things from the Panthers in the tournament.

Pittsburgh 70, Colorado 60

Taylor Sturm is a Columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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