Colorado has the leadership of one of the best guards in the country McKinley Wright. Wright has been amazing this season averagin 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. He has a great backcourt mate in D’Shawn Schwartz who is shooting 40% from three on the season. As a team Colorado is shooting 38% on the season which is tied for the best mark in the Pac12. The Buffaloes have a solid interior presence with Evan Battey, who had a stellar performance against Stanford in their first meeting scoring 13 points and adding 12 boards. Colorado’s defense has had its issues defending the three, luckily for them they are facing the worst three point shooting team in the Pac12.
Since the loss of Daejon Davis the Stanford Cardinal have had an issue turning the ball over. They are the worst in the Pac12 giving the ball away nearly 20% of the time. Freshman Zaire Williams has come back to the team in a limited role as he recovers from an injury. The young forward was great against Colorado in their first game, putting up 17 points in 33 minutes. Without him the Stanford offense has struggled, losing 5 points per 100 possessions with him out. Oscar Da Silva and Jaden Delaire have both stepped up in the absence of Williams, to find the offense they will have to lean on their frontcourt and play the slow game.
Colorado is an efficient offense with a point guard advantage. The Cardinal without Daejon Davis have not been the same offense. They don’t have the guards to handle the pressure of an elite level defense. Bryce Wills return will help the offense avoid the turnover bug, but they still have a lot of issues if he can’t play a full allotment of minutes. The Buffaloes will take care of business on defense and their offense is efficient enough to put up points.
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