There probably are more than a few games Dom Collier would prefer to have back throughout the course of his rollercoaster career with the Colorado men's basketball team.
Still, Collier will forever be able to say he was one of the first recipients of an impressive annual honor from the Pac-12 Conference.
On Monday evening, Collier was named the co-winner of the league's first Sixth Man of the Year award, sharing the honor with Arizona State freshman Remy Martin in a vote of league coaches. Collier hopes he isn't preparing for the final game of his CU career as the Buffs get set to face Arizona State in the opening game of the Pac-12 Conference tournament Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas (1 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Network).
"I'm excited, but I'm more excited for my teammates. Without them, I wouldn't have won this award. Without Kin (McKinley Wright) and Laz (Nikolic) finding me for open shots and just me being ready to shoot," Collier said. "Coming off the bench and being that spark plug, and whatever the team needs and trying to provide that as best as possible. I'm really excited, but I'm more excited to go to Vegas and play ASU on Wednesday."
Collier started the first seven games of the season before coming off the bench in 20 of the next 21 games, ultimately returning to the starting lineup for the Buffs' past two games. Collier is averaging 7.3 points a game and has posted a 3-point percentage of .390 (39-for-100), a mark that trails only Lucas Siewert among CU's leaders, and Siewert had recorded his .448 3-point mark on far fewer attempts (26-for-58).
Collier put together some of his best performances of the season while coming off the bench, including back-to-back home wins against nationally-ranked Arizona State and Arizona in January in which Collier went 9-for-14 overall with a 5-for-8 mark on 3-pointers.
Collier needs two steals to become the 21st CU player to record 100 in his career, and he also enters the league tournament ranked 23rd in Buffs history with 218 assists.
"I have the same mindset and the same approach going into a game," said Collier of the difference between starting and coming off the bench. "But sitting on the bench, I also get to feel the game out more. Feel out how the defense is playing, feel how we're doing offensively. If I go in and it looks like we don't have a lot of points, then I'll look for my shot more."
Martin has come off the bench in all 30 games for ASU and enters the Pac-12 tournament averaging 9.6 points per game.