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Andre Roberson Left the Colorado Buffaloes Just in Time

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Have you ever had a house guest that has clearly overstayed their welcome? The premise is great — your best buddy is sleeping over like old times, and the two of you get to talk, drink and reminisce about all the awesome stuff you had done together.

Then it sinks in. Your friend is not really your friend anymore. He is a 233-pound beast eating stuff in your refrigerator and taking space up on your coach. I mean, when is he going to leave already? He is dangerously close to ruining your relationship forever by not leaving when he promised.

Andre Roberson wasn’t sleeping on the Colorado Buffaloes‘ couch or anything, although I am not sure they figured he would be with the team for as long as he ended up. Coming out of high school, Roberson was going to come in and help change the program and leave for the NBA Draft as a lottery pick.

Fast-forward a few years later, and Roberson is finally leaving. Not that Colorado wanted him to go, but even Roberson knew it was time he stopped eating from their refrigerator and attempt to make millions of his own.

Roberson is projected as a second-round draft pick by most experts. Had he come back for another season — overstaying his college welcome — he could have ended up being an undrafted free agent by the end of next season, which is obviously a serious blow to his NBA future.

Colorado’s relationship with Roberson is ending at the right time. Staying another year could have tarnished their relationship forever. Roberson could end up blaming the coaching staff for potential draft stock woes and the university could blame Roberson for, well, not becoming an NBA lottery pick.

To be honest, however, Roberson was never thought to be a lottery pick coming out of high school. Maybe you are just a bad friend who has unreasonable expectations for your buddies.

 

Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone

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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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