Missing its Star Player, Colorado Dominates No. 19 Oregon

By Amo Weld
Ron Chenoy-USA Today Sports

For the second time this season, the Colorado Buffaloes took down a ranked Oregon Ducks team, and it wasn’t even close.

In tonight’s PAC-12 Conference match-up, the Buffs were able to beat their fourth Top 25 team of the season while the nation’s leading rebounder, Andre Roberson, sat out with a viral illness. Missing its star player, Colorado led by 15 points or more throughout the entire second half, winning by the score of 76-53.

Colorado was led by its freshman sensation, Xavier Johnson, who posted a career-high 22 points on 7 of 7 shooting from the field. Starting point guard Spencer Dinwiddie messed around and almost got a triple-double, finishing with 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists.

With the win, Colorado continued its dominance at Coors Events Center, and is now 12-2 at home this season. The Buffs haven’t just been beating teams at home, they’ve been blowing them out, and have an average scoring margin of 14.2 points in Boulder.

Since starting off the season 18-2, Oregon has dropped four of its last eight, and three of five on the road. Tonight, the Buffaloes defense held the Ducks to just 37.5 percent shooting from the field, including just 2 of 12 from beyond the arc.

On Saturday, Oregon will attempt to right the ship against Utah, which the Ducks beat on February 9th. In its season finale, Oregon will be looking to build momentum heading into the PAC-12 Tournament.

In Colorado’s senior night on Saturday, the Buffaloes will likely have Roberson back in their matchup with Oregon State. According to Joe Lunardi of ESPN, Colorado is currently projected as an 11-seed in the NCAA Tournament. With a strong showing in the PAC-12 tourney, the Buffs have a chance to solidify their resume and improve their seeding for the Big Dance.

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