On Thursday night, just prior to the start of Colorado‘s crucial Pac-12 showdown with Oregon, rumors started swirling like crazy surrounding the nation’s leading rebounder and the Buffaloes’ double-double machine, Ande Roberson.
Initially, rumors and reports stated that junior forward had been diagnosed with mono and would be out indefinitely. With the rumors, came the speculation that Roberson would miss the remainder of the regular season, the Pac-12 Tournament and the NCAA Tournament.
Well, before the game even ended, those rumors started to become a little more relieving for Colorado fans. Speculation was turned away by head coach Tad Boyle on Friday afternoon, when he told CBSSports.com‘s Jeff Goodman that Roberson would simply be held out for the Buffaloes’ regular season finale against Oregon State. He said that the reason behind his absence was a viral infection, not mono.
In addition, Boyle also told Goodman that he should be fine to return in time for the Pac-12 Tournament.
Colorado’s Tad Boyle said Andre Roberson won’t play tomorrow due to viral infection, but should be good for the Pac-12 tourney.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) March 8, 2013
So, breath Colorado fans, the nation’s top rebounder should recover just fine and that’s a good thing for the Buffaloes moving forward.
Even without Roberson on Thursday night, Colorado virtually stifled Oregon, routing the Ducks on national television. However, if Colorado is going to make a run in either the Pac-12 Tournament or the NCAA Tournament, Boyle and the Buffs need his productivity. You can’t just replace a double-double machine like Roberson.
Tip-off between the Roberson-less Buffaloes and Oregon State is scheduled for 4:30pm (EST).
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