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Colorado Racks Up Pac 12 Basketball Season Awards

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The Pac 12 conference announced their yearly awards today and to nobody’s surprise Colorado was well represented.

Sophomore guard Spencer Dinwiddie and junior forward Andre Roberson were both named Pac 12 all-first team selections while freshman Josh Scott was named to the all-freshman team. Roberson racked up more than just the all-first team selection as he was named the Defensive Player of the Year to go along with his All-Defensive first team selection.

Colorado head coach Tad Boyle has repeatedly stated that Roberson is not only the best defensive player in the conference but arguably the best defensive player in the entire country. His numbers speak for themselves (led the Pac 12 with 11.5 rebounds per game and 2.3 steals per game) but it’s his athletic versatility that really stands out when you watch him play. He can guard every position on the floor, whether it’s a guard on the perimeter or a big man on the low post, he can pretty much do it all. Roberson not only leads the Pac 12 in rebounds per game but he’s also been the nation’s leading rebounder for the majority of the season.

Dinwiddie has emerged as Colorado’s best offensive weapon and his first-team selection was well deserved. The sophomore broke out this season to lead the team in points (15.4 ppg), assists (3.0 apg) and free throw percentage. Dinwiddie is a confident player and at times this season he has been the best player on the floor. He simply can take over games with aggressive style of play and at least half of Colorado’s 20 wins this season have to be attributed to his stellar performances.

Scott was Colorado’s highest rated recruit of their latest recruiting cycle, and even though he was overshadowed by the other big name freshman the Pac 12 brought in, his impact on Colorado can not be overstated. The big man finished the regular season averaging 10.7 ppg and 5.4 rpg while finally adding an inside offensive presence that the Buffs sorely lacked. He’ll only get better, if he can put on some more weight, but look for him to make the jump to the all-conference team next season.

Colorado had another successful regular season under third year coach Boyle, winning at least 20 games for the third straight season, something they’ve never done in the history of their program. Boyle has turned the program into a legitimate conference contender in his short time in Boulder and, as you can tell from their season awards, he is is well stocked with talent for both the present and the future.

David LaRose is a College Basketball writer for Rant Sports covering the Pac 12 and the University of Colorado. He’s also a member of the USBWA. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page.

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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.


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

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