Preview fpr today's game - https://cubuffs.com/news/2023/3/18/mens-basketball-colorado-set-to-host-utah-valley-sunday.aspx
Men's Basketball March 18, 2023 Troy Andre, Associate SID
Colorado Set To Host Utah Valley Sunday
NIT POSTSEASON FACTS: Colorado makes its second-straight National Invitation Tournament (NIT) appearance and 13th overall. The Buffaloes are a No. 3 seed in one of four eight-team regions.
With its 65-64 win over Seton Hall in the first round, Colorado improved to 14-11 all-time in the NIT and advances past the first round for the seventh time in 13 appearances.
Overall, this is Colorado's 29th postseason tournament past the conference level. Head coach Tad Boyle
leads the Buffaloes into their 11th national-level postseason appearance in 12 possible seasons (no postseason in 2020 due to covid). Included in that span is a school-record seven-straight appearances from 2011 to 2017. Prior to that seven-year run, no Colorado team had participated in the postseason more than two consecutive years.
Colorado is 55-74 in all-time postseason play, including conference tournaments; 26-29 on the national level (NCAA, NIT, CBI). The Buffaloes won the NIT title in 1940. Colorado also has a runner-up finish in 1938, a third place showing in 1991 and a semifinal appearance in 2011.
MISSING BUFFS: Sophomore KJ Simpson
has missed the last four games after being diagnosed with mononucleosis. His status for the NIT continues to be evaluated. Simpson leads Colorado in assists (111) and steals (43) and is second in scoring at 15.9 points per game.
On the Pac-12 charts Simpson is fifth in free throw percentage (.817), sixth in steals, seventh in scoring and assists, 12th in minutes played (31.8 mpg) and 13th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5).
Junior J'Vonne Hadley
has missed the last 10 games and is expected to miss the remainder of the season with an injury to his right (shooting) hand. Hadley averaged 8.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 52.5 percent from the field. He was Colorado's leading rebounder and ranked second on the team in field goal shooting and third in scoring and steals at the time of his injury
has missed the last six games with a knee injury and is expected to miss the rest of the season. He was averaging 6.0 points and is second on the team in 3-point percentage (.358) and fifth in 3-pointers made (24).
Colorado has featured nine different starting lineups this season, its most since the 2017-18 team had 11.
ABOUT THE WOLVERINES: Utah Valley is 26-8 overall after defeating New Mexico, 83-69, in an NIT first round game on Mar. 15. The Wolverines won the Western Athletic Conference regular season title with a 15-3 record, but fell to Southern Utah in the semifinals of the WAC Tournament. Utah Valley averages 77.2 points while shooting 46.4 percent from the floor. The Wolverines lead the WAC in both free throw percentage (.741) and assists per game (16.1). Defensively, the Wolverines allow 68.2 points while holding opponents to 39 percent shooting, the latter ranking sixth in NCAA Division I. Utah Valley leads the nation in blocks at 6.7 per game.
Junior guard Le'Tre Darthard leads Utah Valley at 14.0 points per game, hitting 44 percent from the field and 90 percent from the free throw line. Junior guard ranks second on the team in both points (13.7 ppg) and assists (2.9 apg). Senior guard Trey Woodbury averages 13.4 points and a team-best 4.5 assists. Sophomore center Aziz Bandaogo averages a double-double at 11.4 points and 10.2 rebounds. He ranks fourth in the nation in blocks (2.9 bpg) and 11th in rebounding.
SERIES RECORDS: This will be the first meeting between Colorado and Utah Valley. The Buffaloes are 14-8 against teams that currently make up the Western Athletic Conference. Colorado's last game against a WAC opponent, was earlier this season, an 86-78 home win over Southern Utah on Dec. 21. Utah Valley was 1-2 against Southern Utah this season.
- Game is being shown live on ESPNU, and is also available for those who have an ESPN+
. subscription. For those whose Cable/ Satellite/ Cord Cutting subscription includes access to ESPNU, or who have an ESPN+ subscription, the game can also be streamed on the ESPN App or at https://www.espn.com/watch/player/_/id/9ad119b9-459c-431a-b7ff-09e545c05f91
for those with ESPN+ and/ or https://www.espn.com/watch/player/_/id/43a35fcc-a82b-4512-968e-e6c575ca51c0
for those who have access to ESPNU streaming access . (If there are any issues with the detail links, the general Watch ESPN link is https://www.espn.com/watch/
Live audio -
In addition to being available on 850 AM in the Denver/ Boulder area and maybe other stations in the Buff radio network, looks like free audio streams for the game will be available at https://cubuffs.com/watch/?Live=2807&type=Live
Live stats - http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=463569
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