Breakdown: Fresno State vs. Colorado

Tyler Johnson

Fresno State's challenging non-conference slate continues as the Bulldogs host 2012 defending Pac-12 Tournament champions Colorado on 12/12/12 at the Save Mart Center. Check inside for the breakdown…

Fresno State (5-4) vs. Colorado (7-2)

PG: Allen Huddleston (6-2, 185, Jr.) vs. Spencer Dinwiddie (6-6, 200, So.)

Spencer Dinwiddie emerged an impact freshman for Colorado last year and has now taken his game to the next level. He can stroke it from beyond the arc, shooting 51% on the season, and can also drive and get to the free-throw line. Dinwiddie scored at least 24 points in three of his last four games. Allen Huddleston has had exactly 13 points and 3 assists in Fresno State's three home games.

Advantage: Colorado

SG: Kevin Olekaibe (6-2, 180, Jr.) vs. Askia Booker (6-1, 170, So.)

Askia Booker has taken 45 more shots than the next closest Buffalo, but has not been nearly as effective. In his last five games, Booker has made just 27% of his 65 shot attempts from the field. Olekaibe has struggled to knock down open shots and has seen his minutes decrease with a deeper bench. If one of these two players can break out of their recent slumps, it could make the difference.

Advantage: Colorado

SF: Tyler Johnson (6-2, 180, Jr.) vs. Sabatino Chen (6-4, 190, Sr.)

Sabatino Chen has been a glue guy for Colorado as he is surrounded by a talented cast of starters who expect a high volume of shots. Tyler Johnson has stepped up as Fresno State's second leading scorer so far this season. Johnson's ability to create his own shot with the mid-range fade-away can create offense for the team during spells of poor shooting.

Advantage: Fresno State

PF: Tanner Giddings (6-10, 224, Fr.) vs. Andre Roberson (6-7, 210, Jr.)

Andre Roberson has been a double-double machine for Colorado, averaging just over 11 points and 11 rebounds for a second straight season. Expect a revolving door of defenders to try and disrupt Roberson as Fresno State Head Coach Rodney Terry uses his frontcourt depth to the fullest.

Advantage: Colorado

C: Robert Upshaw (7-0, 225, Fr.) vs. Josh Scott (6-10, 215, Fr.)

Robert Upshaw had his best game yet for Fresno State on Sunday with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 blocks in 28 minutes. The Bulldogs will look for Upshaw to continue to improve and have a bigger role. Freshman Josh Scott has been a presence down low for Colorado all season long, scoring in double-digits six times and recording one double-double.

Advantage: Colorado


Colorado will use a nine-man rotation with the biggest contributor being 6-foot-6 freshman Xavier Johnson who has averaged 6 points per game. Fresno State uses a 10-man rotation. With Coach Terry mixing up the starting line-up, there are several Bulldogs on the bench who have the ability to make a major impact.

Advantage: Fresno State

Coaches: Rodney Terry vs. Tad Boyle

Colorado Head Coach Tad Boyle enters his third season with the Buffaloes and his eighth season as a head coach. At Northern Colorado, Boyle won just four games in his first season before turning around the program into a 25-win team in his fourth season. Boyle has now led the Buffaloes to two straight 24-win seasons, including an NIT semifinal appearance and a win over UNLV in last season's NCAA Tournament.

Advantage: Colorado


The Colorado Buffaloes were ranked 19th in the nation just two weeks ago. A loss at Wyoming knocked them out of the national spotlight and now they must bounce back from a 36-point loss at Kansas on Saturday. CU is yet to win a true road game while Fresno State will be hosting their biggest home game so far this season.

Advantage: Fresno State

Final Analysis/Prediction:

Colorado has averaged 72.1 points per game while Fresno State has not given more than 69 points this season. Fresno State must shoot above their season average of 40% to keep within striking distance of CU. The high powered Buffalo offense gets the best of the Bulldogs Wednesday night.

PREDICTION: Colorado 71, Fresno State 64

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