The Colorado Buffaloes will be in trouble Thursday night if Markelle Fultz comes close to repeating the 37-point performance in Washington's home win against CU three weeks ago.
The Buffs will be in even deeper trouble if Fultz once again posts eight assists, as he did on Jan. 18. While CU learned why many project Fultz as the top overall pick in this year's NBA draft, the Buffs also learned they easily can be burned if they fail to keep tabs on the Huskies' other weapons. Sophomore guard David Crisp proved every bit as important as Fultz in UW's overtime win against CU, and head coach Tad Boyle expressed praise for Huskies sophomore forward Noah Dickerson.
"We've talked about Markelle Fultz a lot, but they've got a lot of other weapons as well," Boyle said. "David Crisp, we've got to do a good job on him. And obviously Noah Dickerson. I think he's one of the more underrated low-post guys in our league. We've got to keep the ball out of his hands down low.
"We worked on Washington and we're expecting them to zone us some, if not for the full 40 minutes. They do a lot of switching, we worked against that. We've just got to guard them. Figure out a way to guard with great energy and great effort. The last time we played in this building we played with great energy and great effort. We need that (Thursday)."
Crisp scored 14 points in UW's previous win against the Buffs, going 4-for-5 on 3-pointers after halftime including one in the final minute of overtime that gave the Huskies the lead for good. Crisp also recorded four assists in the second half.
Foul trouble limited Dickerson to just 18 minutes in the teams' previous meeting, but he still went 4-for-5 from the field while finishing with 10 points and seven rebounds. Dickerson leads UW at 8.0 rebounds per game (ninth in Pac-12).