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Senior forward Wesley Gordon (right) will be a key component of CU’s defensive strategy Saturday night against BYU.

The secret to success Saturday night for the Colorado men’s basketball team isn’t much of a secret.

The Buffaloes have to stop Brigham Young’s Eric Mika.

The 6-foot-10 sophomore has put together team-leading totals of 21.4 points and 8.7 rebounds for the Cougars. He also leads BYU with 17 blocked shots and owns an impressive field goal percentage of .593.

Mika scored a career-high 29 points last week in a loss against one of CU’s Pac-12 Conference rivals, USC, while 10-for-16 from the floor and 9-for-10 at the free throw line.

“I don’t know if there is a big guy in the country who’s averaging 21 a game,” CU head coach Tad Boyle said. “He can do it a lot of ways. He runs the floor as a big guy as well as anyone we’ll play this year. He scores on the block. He can make a 15-footer. Good passer. He’s a hell of a player. Our guys are going to be challenged.”

Mika was named to the West Coast Conference All-Freshman team in 2013-14 but spent the last two seasons on a Mormon mission in Italy.

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