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Colorado Buffaloes Won’t Be Able To Replace Andre Roberson In Upcoming Season

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Andre Roberson was a great player for the Colorado Buffaloes to say the least. However, no one will be able to replace him on this team in the 2013-14 college basketball season.

Before someone clicks the panic button and says that Colorado will still have one of the best teams in the Pac-12 and all of that fun stuff, just take a step back–I agree with you. Yes, the Buffaloes have the talent to win the conference once again and yes, they will make the dance for the third straight season.

However, when a player averages 11.2 rebounds per game and is a beast on the defensive side of the ball, no one is going to be able to replace him, especially not in one year. Heck, there may never be as good of a defender on Colorado. That may be a little bold, but that is how talented Roberson was.

From a rebounding standpoint, the next highest rebounder only averaged 5.7 boards per game. Roberson also led the team in steals and blocks. He may have only scored 10.9 points per game, but that is not what the team and fans will miss him for.

Luckily, Colorado still has plenty of talent coming back and should be good for years to come with the type of recruits that it has been getting over the past few seasons. Making the move over to the Pac-12 has been a very good thing for this team–at least for the basketball program that is.

So although the Buffs will compete in the upcoming season, it will not be able to replace Roberson. However, they will adapt and will have to change their game.

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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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