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  • Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer

    Colorado senior guard Shane Gatling, typically a 3-point specialist, is becoming a defensive asset for the Buffaloes. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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    BOULDER, CO - November 18, 2019: Colorado's Tyler Bey dunks on UC Irvine's Brad Greene during the November 18, 2019 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • BOULDER, CO - November 18, 2019: Colorado's McKinley Wright IV drives past UC Irvine's Brad Greene during the November 18, 2019 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • BOULDER, CO - November 18, 2019: Colorado's Evan Battey shoots over UC Irvine's Austin Johnson during the November 18, 2019 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Cliff Grassmick/Staff photographer

    BOULDER, CO - November 18, 2019: Colorado's D'Shawn Schwartz shoots over UC Irvine during the November 18, 2019 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Colorado point guard McKinley Wright has posted 15 assists with only four turnovers through the first thee games. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • BOULDER, CO - November 18, 2019: Colorado's Evan Battey battles with UC Irvine's John Edgar Jr. during the November 18, 2019 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • BOULDER, CO - November 18, 2019: Colorado's Dallas Walton, right, defends UC Irvine's Eyassu Worku during the November 18, 2019 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • BOULDER, CO - November 18, 2019: Colorado's Shane Gatling drives on UC Irvine's Austin Johnson during the November 18, 2019 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • BOULDER, CO - November 18, 2019: Colorado's McKinley Wright IV puts up a shot on UC Irvine's Austin Johnson during the November 18, 2019 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Cliff Grassmick/Staff photographer

    BOULDER, CO - November 18, 2019: Colorado's Tyler Bey battles with UC Irvine's Austin Johnson during the November 18, 2019 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • BOULDER, CO - November 18, 2019: Colorado's Evan Battey gets a rebound in front of UC Irvine's Brad Greene during the on the November 18, 2019 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Cliff Grassmick/Staff photographer

    BOULDER, CO - November 18, 2019: Colorado's Evan Battey blocks the progress of UC Irvine's Eyassu Worku during the on the November 18, 2019 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)