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Colorado Begins Road Trip At Oregon Thursday

Colorado Begins Road Trip At Oregon Thursday


THE SEASON: Colorado is 12-9 overall and 4-6 in the Pac-12 Conference after splitting a home series with the Washington schools last week. The Buffaloes dropped a 75-72 decision to Washington on Jan. 19 and bounced back with a last-second, 58-55, win over Washington State on Jan. 22. The win snapped a three-game skid as the Buffaloes improved to 9-2 at home on the season. Overall Colorado has won eight of its last 12.
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Colorado was held under 60 points for the fourth time this season, but first in a win. The Buffaloes shot an even 50 percent from the field hitting 21 of 42. The last time Colorado shot at least 50 percent in a game, but was held under 60 points was Feb. 23, 2008, in a 60-53 loss at Missouri (shot 51.1 percent, 24-47).
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The 42 field goal attempts were a season-low and fewest since shooting 41 against Stanford on Feb. 8, 2020; an 81-74 win at the CU Events Center. The Buffaloes were 30 of 40 from the line in that game.
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The Buffaloes held Washington State, the top 3-point shooting team in the Pac-12 entering the game (8.8 made per game, .364), to a 25.0 shooting percent from that range (4-16).
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On the Pac-12 leaderboard, Colorado is second in steals (8.1) and rebounding margin (+5.3),ย  third in offensive rebounds (11.6 orpg), defensive rebounds (+26.7 drpg) and turnover margin (+0.2), fourth in scoring (72.2 ppg)ย  and rebounding (38.3 rpg) and fifth in shooting (.449) scoring margin (+5.7).
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Sophomore KJ Simpson leads Colorado at 17.4 points and 3.8 assists per game. He also tops the Buffaloes in 3-pointers (33) and free throws made (70). Simpson’s numbers have stayed steady during league games, averaging 16.6 points with a team-best 32 assists.
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Simpson hit the decisive shot against Washington State, breaking a 55-all tie on a 3-point field goal with four seconds remaining. That 3-pointer snapped a personal 0 for 10 slump from downtown. He has scored in double figures in 19 of his 20 games in 2022-23. The lone single-digit scoring effort was six against Oregon State, but in that gameย  he tied a career and team-season high with six assists and grabbed seven rebounds.
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On the Pac-12 charts Simpson is second in scoring, seventh in assists and steals (1.4 spg), eighth in free throw percentage (.787) and 11th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3).
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Junior forward Tristan da Silva is…

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