CU men's basketball preview: Washington
MATCHUP: Colorado Buffaloes (14-4, 3-2 Pac-12 Conference) at Washington Huskies (12-5, 4-1).
GAME TIME: Wednesday, 8 p.m. MST, Alaska Airlines Arena.
BROADCAST: Radio — 760 AM; TV — Pac-12 Networks.
COACHES: Colorado — Tad Boyle, sixth season (122-72, 178-138 overall); Washington — Lorenzo Romar, 14th season (282-164, 375-252 overall).
LEADERS: Colorado — Scoring: F Josh Scott, Sr., 17.8 ppg; Rebounding: Scott, 9.8 rpg; Assists: G Dom Collier, So., 3.3 apg. Washington — Scoring: G Andrew Andrews, Sr.., 21.4 ppg; Rebounds: Andrews, 6.3 rpg; Assists: Andrews, 5.0 apg.
NOTABLE: The Huskies lead the all-time series 10-9 and sport a 7-2 advantage at home, though the Buffs won last year's game in Seattle behind 21 points and nine rebounds from Scott ... CU has outrebounded its opponents in all but two games this season ... Scott has recorded four consecutive double-doubles, averaging 16.5 points and 11.8 rebounds during that span.
Andrew Andrews has been lighting up scoreboards all season.
Yet just two games ago the high-scoring guard from Washington showed his torrid pace can be slowed. The Colorado Buffaloes hope to turn what has the look of a one-game anomaly into a trend for Andrews on Wednesday night as CU visits the Huskies in a Pac-12 Conference showdown.
The Buffs will attempt to make an impact on a road trip that also includes a date at Washington State on Saturday, as the fourth week of league play begins with eight of the conference's 12 teams sporting records of either 3-2 or 2-3. Washington is one of the early co-leaders at 4-1 alongside No. 21 USC.
"I don't think it's going to be one guy (defensively) for us," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "Hopefully, maybe one guy really plays well defensively and can stay with him, but we're going to have to try multiple guys on him and slow him down.
"We're not going to eliminate his points. He's a good player. He's very impressive offensively. He's going to get his shots. We just have to make sure he works for everything. We have to make sure nothing comes easy for him. He's going to score. We know that. We just have to limit that scoring as best as we can."
The game will feature the Pac-12's top two scorers, though Andrews' scoring average of 21.4 is a full 3.5 points a game better than the league's No. 2 scorer, CU's Josh Scott.
Andrews has posted four 30-point games, including 30 in Washington's win on Saturday at Arizona State. However, two days prior Andrews was held to a season-low nine points in a lopsided loss at Arizona, going just 3-for-11 from the field.
While Boyle doesn't expect his squad to put the clamps on Andrews that thoroughly, slowing the senior guard will be critical in any victorious game plan.
"If he scores 25 points, I'd like him to need 25 shots to do that," Boyle said. "One of the things we've got to do is play without fouling. (Andrews) is a guy who I think shot 59 foul shots in five games. He really attacks off the dribble and gets to the free throw line. Anybody who scores well does that."
Behind Andrews, Washington has topped the 90-point mark six times and ranks a close second to USC in the Pac-12 in scoring at 84.4 points per game. However, the Huskies also are prone to surrendering points, ranking last in the league in scoring defense (78.6).
"I think we're going to approach it like (Sunday's) game against Oregon," CU sophomore guard Dom Collier said. "It's similar to them. Their guards can really score, but they give up a lot too. We look forward to these types of matchups.
"It's just real key to just focus in on what we have to do—focus in on practice and scouting reports and personnel. All these things really matter."