Since missing four of six games in January, junior forward Reid Travis has been on an eight-game tear for the Stanford Cardinal.
Just about the only team successful in slowing Travis during that span was Colorado. The Buffaloes will need another solid defensive showing against the Stanford star Thursday night at the Coors Events Center as CU attempts to extend a run of seven consecutive wins against the Cardinal.
"You have to limit his touches. You're not going to eliminate his touches, but you have to limit them and limit them on the block," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "When he does catch it, they run a lot of isolation drives for him in the free throw line area and let him put the ball on the floor, because he's a good face-up player, too. When he catches it there, you have to have great team awareness as well as obviously being able to guard him off the bounce."
In the past eight games, Travis has averaged 19.8 points while shooting .571 (64-for-112) from the floor. Yet the only team to hold Travis under 17 points during that span was CU, as the Buffs limited him to nine points on a 4-for-11 effort in a road win on Feb. 2.
Travis ranks third in the Pac-12 Conference in scoring (17.7) and fifth in rebounding (8.8).
"The key for him I think is limiting those touches in the low post," Boyle said. "He's going to catch it down there some. But when he does, he has to feel like he is being swarmed. We have to really help off of guys who aren't great shooters on the perimeter and we've got to great pressure on him. Partly it's our post men. Partly it's our perimeter getting pressure on the ball."