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Colorado Buffaloes’ Andre Roberson Will Enter 2013 NBA Draft

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Andre Roberson will be forgoing his senior year for the Colorado Buffaloes and will enter the 2013 NBA Draft.

 

There was really no wrong decision for Roberson when it came to either playing his final year with the Buffaloes or entering the draft. Roberson had a great junior year with Colorado, putting up 10.9 points per game and grabbing 11.2 rebounds per game.

It all comes down to whether if the player thinks he is ready for the NBA or not and whether if that player wants to stay with his team or try to get drafted. In Roberson’s case, it seems like he wanted to leave school early or else he would not be entering the draft. Luckily for Roberson, he is one of the best rebounders in the draft and he will get picked up by some NBA team.

Colorado should still be a good team next season, but Roberson is clearly a big loss for the team. He was arguably the best player on the team, thanks to his defensive and rebounding abilities, which should transition over nicely at the next level.

Only time will tell on where Roberson will get drafted, but there is definitely plenty of teams out there that want him. As a result, I thought he made the right decision in declaring because it would have been hard for him to increase his stock if he would have returned for his final season in college basketball.

11.2 rebounds per game will be very hard for Colorado to make up, but it will move on just like every team has done in the history of college basketball when it has lost one of its best players.

 

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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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