Colorado’s 5 Most Important Players for 2014 NCAA Tournament

Colorado's 5 Most Important Players for 2014 NCAA Tournament

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Losing their best player nearly midway through the season, the Colorado Buffaloes have figured out how to play without their all-conference point guard. Had Spencer Dinwiddie remained healthy enough to stay on this squad, they would be at a No. 5 or 6 seed undoubtedly, but instead, they are now in a bit of a pickle as a No. 8 seed going up against the Pitt Panthers. These five players are vital to the Buffs' hopes of moving on.

5. Xavier Talton

Xavier Talton
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5. Xavier Talton

Xavier Talton
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The best shooter on Colorado is Talton, who shoots just 38 percent from three-point land. If he can improve that mark, the Panthers could be scared little kitties.

4. Wesley Gordon

Wesley Gordon
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4. Wesley Gordon

Wesley Gordon
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Gordon stepped up when Dinwiddie popped his ACL, getting six points, six rebounds and a block and a half per game.

3. Josh Scott

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3. Josh Scott

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The leader in points, rebounds and minutes has helped the Buffs get back into the tournament. Scott brings toughness, finesse, intelligence and a good touch at the rim.

2. Xavier Johnson

Xavier Johnson
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2. Xavier Johnson

Xavier Johnson
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A player who was a role player formed into a go-to-guy down the stretch, Johnson does most of the dirty work down low on defense and outside on offense, grabbing six rebounds and shooting 37 percent from outside.

1. Askia Booker

Askia Booker
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1. Askia Booker

Askia Booker
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Booker took over for Dinwiddie’s offense/facilitation duties once the injury happened. Since then he's averaging 15 points a game in the 17 game period. He also averages three assists per contest.

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