Colorado pulled off a first round upset last tournament, as the #11 Buffaloes defeated the #6 UNLV Rebels last March. This matchup might be a little tougher, though. Illinois is a solid basketball team and beat two of the #1 seeds in the regular season. The Fighting Illini pulled off upsets against Gonzaga and Indiana, and they are the favorite heading into Friday’s game.
The Buffaloes believe the physical length of 6-7 Andre Roberson and 6-6 Spencer Dinwiddie will deter the long-range marksmanship of the Illini’s Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson in Friday’s second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Erwin Center
I’m going to try to not give (Paul) any breathing room, dictate where he goes, not where he wants to go, just be aggressive with him,” Roberson said Thursday. “I’m going to try not to let him get shots off because he’s a dangerous player and he likes the 3-ball. We will have a great game plan for him, and I’ll have to execute it. – Andre Roberson
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