Depth has been touted as a strength of the Colorado men's basketball team since the first workouts of the preseason, but rarely have the Buffaloes been able to play that depth into their advantage on the floor so far this season.
Head coach Tad Boyle hopes that finally changes Thursday night.
CU will look for its first Pac-12 Conference victory at Arizona State, a team that leans heavily on its top six players. While the Buffs feature 11 players averaging at least 10 minutes per game, the Sun Devils boast just seven such players. And that includes a significant drop-off from Arizona State's No. 6 player in minutes played (Sam Cunliffe, 25.4 minutes) to the No. 7 player (Ramon Vila, 11.9).
ASU has four players averaging over 31 minutes per game. Only one CU player enters the game with a 30-minute average — senior guard Derrick White at 30.2.
"We would like the pace to be fast and we'd love for it to be a foul-fest," Boyle said. "We don't want to foul necessarily, but if we put pressure on Arizona State it makes them a different animal. We're expecting some zone, so there's a way they can stay out of foul trouble. But we can't just accept that. We still have to attack the basket. The way you put foul pressure on teams is attacking the rim."