UA-Colorado pregame: Improved Buffs ready for Wildcats

2013-02-14T11:35:00Z 2013-02-14T18:00:47Z UA-Colorado pregame: Improved Buffs ready for WildcatsBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 14, 2013 11:35 am  • 

BOULDER, Colo. -- OK, maybe we are all guilty of a Sabatino Chen overload today.

I took a crack at it, looking at Chen in the context of explaining Colorado's recent resurgence, while the Daily Wildcat quotes Chen saying he used to be a "drive first" guy, and B.G. Brooks of the Buffs' website wrote a long profile of Chen this week.

Chen even made the comments section next to Arizona in ESPN's power rankings.

So, in light of all that, here's some comments from Sean Miller breaking down the rest of the Buffaloes:

"Spencer Dinwiddie is coming off an incredible game at Oregon State where he didn't miss a shot," Miller said, referring to Dinwiddie's 6-6 field goals, 4-4 three-pointers and 8-8 free throws. "He's just a terrific guard. Very capable of having a big offensive night. He really pushes the ball in transition. It seems like with each week they play, he gets more and more comfortable."

Andre "Roberson is one of the leading rebounders (11.7) in our country. He’s able to make plays and impact the game in ways that have nothing to do with scoring. Then they have Xavier Johnson and Josh Scott, two freshmen that are impacting their team in a significant way. They’re the same (as they were at UA on Jan. 3) but they’ve continued to develop and improve as a team."

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Some other items related to tonight's 8 p.m. game (Pac-12 Networks, so beware all you DirecTV folks):

Xavier Johnson is giving the Buffs a dose of talent and swagger.

The Daily Camera says the Buffs are ready for Arizona.

Askia Booker says Colorado will be prepared for its chance at revenge.

We also have sidelines notes that include Daniel Bejarano's comments (and for those of you who asked, I could not confirm anything that Bejarano said with the people involved and Miller is not talking about it).

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Here's the official game notes from Arizona and from Colorado

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Utah threw Jahii Carson for a loop, and upset the Sun Devils in Salt Lake City. 

In another alert for Arizona, Jordan Loveridge appears to be fully back from a knee injury.

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Already named to the Jordan Brand Classic, Rondae Jefferson will be formally named to the McDonalds All-American game today.

Jefferson will be the third McDonalds All-American that Sean Miller has recruited, after both Brandon Ashley and Grant Jerrett made it last season (Kaleb Tarczewski was ineligible as a fifth-year senior but played in the Jordan game).

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Anyone interested in the minute details of the NCAA tournament seeding process may want to check out the transcript of committee chair Mike Bobinski's conference call interview Wednesday.

Among other things, Bobinski said the committee will try to keep the 1-4 seeds as close to home as possible, though that doesn't guarantee a second weekend in a team's home region.

For Arizona, this means a first weekend is all but assured (barring a late-season collapse) in Salt Lake City or San Jose but a second weekend in L.A. is up in the air because the top three teams from a conference are usually put in separate regions. (IMO, if UA wins the Pac-12 regular-season title it is likely to get the first preference among conference teams, and be put in the West region.)

An AP story also noted that Bobinski likes the current 68-team format

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Another rough night for WSU, which was without Mike Ladd in a loss to Oregon State.

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Abdul Gaddy says the "whole team is upset" after Washington lost at home to Oregon.

Johnathan Loyd helped the Ducks to victory, but hyperextended his knee.

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Bob Cantu has the Trojans moving during his audition as USC's head coach.

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Cal will wear "blue camo" Air Jordans against UCLA tonight.

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Couple of views on the Pac-12:

ESPN's Dana O'Neil says the Pac-12 is "like the crazy uncle at the family party" in the nation's eyes.

The Oregonian's John Canzano says the Pac-12 "still stinks" and suspects that Arizona is "benefiting tremendously from a watered-down conference."

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Other Pac-12 games tonight:

UCLA at California, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

USC at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

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