EUGENE, Ore. — If coach Tad Boyle’s Colorado Buffaloes expect to remain in contention for a Pac-12 Conference championship over the final six games of the regular season, the Buffs will have to get the job done on the road.
If they do, this bunch of Buffs would likely go down as the best CU road club of the Pac-12 era.
No doubt, there is work to be done to assume that mantle. But given the 16th-ranked Buffs already have posted two road wins in league play — at Arizona State on Jan. 18 and at USC on Feb. 1 — and with a road-heavy schedule down the stretch, CU will have ample opportunity to add to that total. The Buffs still have four road games remaining, beginning Saturday night at Oregon State (8 p.m. MT, FS1).
After returning home next week for the final home dates against USC and UCLA, the Buffs complete the regular season with three consecutive road games against Cal, Stanford, and Utah. Though winning on the road never is easy, the Buffs should be favored in all four of the remaining road games.
In eight previous seasons in the Pac-12, the Buffs won three league road games three times — in 2011-12, 2013-14, and last year — and posted four Pac-12 road wins during the 2012-13 season.
Junior forward Tyler Bey was held to four points during Thursday’s loss at Oregon, his lowest total of the season and his lowest scoring output since he was held to two points in a win at USC on Feb. 9 of last season.
Foul trouble certainly contributed to Bey’s rough night. Two quick fouls early in the second half gave him three overall and a seat on the bench, and the Ducks made a concerted effort to double-team Bey every time he touched the ball on the blocks.
Bey’s four points were enough to make him the 36th member of CU’s 1,000-point club, and he also recorded with eight rebounds to move into eighth-place all-time at CU. Bey finished the night with 737 rebounds and is closing in on another milestone. With 13 more rebounds, Bey will become just the seventh CU player to post 1,000 points and 750 rebounds in his career.
The other former Buffs in that exclusive club are Cliff Meely (1,940 points/971 rebounds), Shaun Vandiver (1,876/962), Josh Scott (1,709/974), Stephane Pelle (1,367/1,054), Jim Davis (1,110/863), and Andre Roberson (1,012/1,045).
Forward Evan Battey went 6-for-10 at Oregon and has shot .606 (20-for-33) over the past five games…Sophomore guard Daylen Kountz continued to struggle against the Ducks, going 0-for-1 in a season-low two minutes. Kountz has played just 15 minutes over the past four games and has gone 3-for-16 over the past eight games…Against Oregon, reserve guard Maddox Daniels tied a season-high with three turnovers. He also had three at Kansas on Dec. 7…CU goes into Saturday’s action across the nation at No. 17 in the NET rankings and No. 23 at KenPom.com.