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March 11, 2012

Meet the Buffs

MEET THE…. Colorado Buffaloes. CU finished tied for fifth with UCLA in its first season competing in the Pac-12 Conference… The Buffaloes went into the final weekend with a shot to potentially finish tied for first but dropped a pair of road games against Oregon and Oregon State. .. Colorado won four games in four days to capture the Pac-12 Tournament title in Los Angeles. It defeated Utah, California, Oregon and Arizona… The Buffaloes best nonconference win came at home versus Georgia, 70-68, back in November… CU played against three Mountain West teams and was 1-2, losing at Colorado State and at home versus Wyoming before defeating Air Force on the road... The Buffaloes are a deep club and use their bench often. Six players see more than 20 minutes a game, with nine playing at least 10.

COMMON OPPONENTS - vs Wichita State (L, 67-58), at Colorado State (L, 65-64), Wyoming (65-54), CS Bakersfield (W, 70-64), at Air Force (W, 76-73), at USC (W, 74-50), at Cal (L, 57-50), Cal (W, 70-57), vs Cal (W, 70-59)

WHO TO WATCH - One CU player that will be quite familiar to UNLV fans will be former Utah star Carlon Brown. Brown became the immediate go-to guy for the Buffaloes after becoming eligible this season.

A 6-5 wing, Brown has had plenty of success against the Rebels in the past, reaching double-digits in points in five of his eight meetings with UNLV.

Averaging 12 points a game this year, Brown has notched at least 13 in the final six games of the season.

Another Buffalo that has ties to the UNLV program is freshman point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who the former Rebel staff went after last year. Dinwiddie played at the same high school (Taft High) as current Rebel reserve, Justin Hawkins.

The Los Angeles native has had a very productive first year, playing in all 34 games and averaging over 10 points a contest. Dinwiddie is shooting 43% from beyond the arc, while also being the team's most accurate free throw leader at 83%.

It will be a pair of sophomore double-double guys going at it with UNLV's Mike Moser squaring up with the Buffs' Andre Roberson. The CU sophomore is second on the team in points (11 a game) and leads in rebounds (11 a game).

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