TEMPE, Ariz. — When the Colorado men's basketball team reconvened almost two weeks ago after a holiday break, head coach Tad Boyle offered the thought a bigger role was in store for Tory Miller once Pac-12 Conference play began.
Two games into the league schedule, Miller is more than pulling his weight. The 6-foot-9 forward is enjoying a solid run off the bench for the Buffaloes and lately has been giving his team far more efficient minutes than starter Wesley Gordon.
"I'm being more aggressive so I think that has a lot to do with it," said Miller, who indicated he played Thursday's game at Arizona State while battling the flu.
Miller scored eight points at ASU while going 4-for-5 from the field. He has gone 12-for-14 over the past four games while averaging seven points over the past five games, raising his scoring average to 6.0 points per game.
While Gordon's interior defense will be a critical aspect against Arizona's 7-foot duo of Dusan Ristic and Lauri Markkanen in any upset bid by the Buffs Saturday night against the 17th-ranked Wildcats, his offensive production continues to dwindle. Gordon scored only four points at ASU and has also suffered a significant drop in his rebounding production. After recording at least nine rebounds in seven of the first eight games of the season, Gordon has reached that mark just twice in the past seven games and has grabbed only eight rebounds total during CU's 0-2 start in Pac-12 play.