Colorado-Stanford announces Pac-12 conference season
OPENING TIP: Senior winger Evan battey is 19 points away from becoming the 38th player in team history to reach 1,000 points. He would be the fourth member of the 2017 dedication class to join McKinley Wright IV, D’Shawn Schwartz and Tyler Bey.
ABOUT BUFFALOES: Colorado is 5-1 overall after a fourth place finish at the 2021 Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The Buffaloes lost their first game, 67-63, to southern Illinois before rebounding to win their last two, 84-76 in overtime against Duquesne and 54-52 against Brown.
Colorado is averaging 78.7 points per game while shooting 47 percent from the field. While the Buffaloes have scored at least 80 points in their first three games, and for the first time since 2009-10, the score has been “freezing” in the Caribbean. Colorado averaged 67.0 points over the three Paradise Jam games, with just 43 percent shots.
Defensively, the Buffaloes allowed 67.8 points per game while their opponents shot 40 percent. The Buffaloes have passed their six opponents by an average of 11.0 per game. Colorado held Brown 30.2 percent on shots (16-53) and had a plus-9 advantage over boards (39-30). Colorado is 74-5 in the Tad boyle era holding teams within 40 percent of the field and at least a plus-8 rebound advantage.
First year care Keeshawn Bartholomew is averaging 15.3 points per game at his team’s best and leads the Buffaloes with 3 points scored and attempted (11 of 19). He had five straight double-digit games to start the season – he had two in 30 last year – before being limited to seven against Brown. Barthelemy is second on the team in assists with 15 and tied for first on the team in interceptions with six.
In the Pac-12 rankings, Barthelemy ranks second for 3-point percentage (0.579), eighth for 3-point (1.83 mpg), ninth for score and 11th for field goal percentage (0.534 ).
Before second year Jabari Walker is averaging 15.2 points and leads the Buffaloes with 8.7 rebounds per game. He had his second consecutive double-double and third of the season, with 10 points and 11 rebounds, a game-high against Brown. Against Duquesne, he had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the tag team season and a career high.
Walker averaged 13.0 points and a high of 9.3 rebounds at Paradise Jam. In the overall Pac-12 standings, Walker ranks fourth for defensive boards (6.0 drpg), fifth for overall rebound, seventh for offensive boards (2.7 orpg), ninth for blocks (1.0 bpg) ) and 12th for the score.
Senior winger Evan battey has an average of 13.7 points and 5.0 rebounds, placing the team third in both categories. Battey leads the Buffaloes and ranks fifth in the Pac-12, with 61.1 percent shots on goal.
Battey was named to the Paradise Jam tournament all-star team, leading the Buffaloes with 15.3 points per game while shooting 53 percent from the field. He had a team and a season-high with 18 points against Duquesne, as well as a career record of three interceptions. Battey completed the Paradise Jam with a high of 16 points and five rebounds against Brown.
Second year Tristan da silva is averaging 8.2 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 49%. He increased those numbers to 10.3 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 50% at Paradise. Jam. Da Silva collected 10 points against Duquesne, including a 3 points two seconds from the end that sent the game into overtime. He tied a career-high 15 points against Southern Illinois. Da Silva also recorded personal bests with seven rebounds and six goals scored against the Salukis.
Upper guard Elie Parquet is averaging 7.7 points and 2.3 rebounds while shooting 42% overall. A member of the all-defensive Pac-12 conference team in 2020-21, he had the biggest offensive moment of the game against Montana State. Parquet’s 3 points with 18 seconds left in regulation tied the score at 80 and sent him into overtime. He finished with 17 points, scoring 5 of 11 from the field and 6 of 9 on the free throw line – all career highs.
Fuck Clifford is averaging 7.2 points and is second on the team with 6.5 rebounds per game. He tied a personal best with nine rebounds against Brown, matching his efforts in Game 1 of the season against Montana State. Clifford ranks ninth in the Pac-12 for defensive rebounds (5.0 drpg) and 14th overall.
KJ Simpson is averaging 6.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game while leading the Buffaloes in assists with 16 off the bench. He had a career-high 11 points and four assists in the overtime win over Duquesne.
ABOUT THE CARDINAL: Stanford is 4-2 overall, following a 79-65 home win over North Carolina A&T on November 23. The Cardinal and his opponents are even on the scoreboard after six games, each with 411 points (68.5 points per game). Stanford shoots 44% from the field while allowing his opponents to shoot 46%. Stanford has a huge rebound advantage at plus-10.2 this season. The Cardinal led the Pac-12 keeping his opponents at just 28.3 rebounds per game.
Freshman forward Harrison Ingram leads Stanford with 12.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Senior forward Jaiden Delaire is averaging 10.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Second-year guard Michael O’Connell is averaging 5.8 points and leads the Cardinal in assists at 3.3 per outing.
SERIAL RECORDS: This will be Colorado’s 27th meeting between Colorado and Stanford with the Buffaloes holding a 15-11 lead in the series. The Buffaloes have won 12 of the last 14 against the Cardinal. Colorado is 10-3 at home against Stanford and has won the last seven.
OPENINGS OF THE CONFERENCE: Colorado is 4-6 in Pac-12 openings and 48-61 all-time in conference openings. The Buffaloes have won their last four home conference opener.
Sunday’s game with Stanford will mark the first conference game, by calendar date, in team history, surpassing the 1986-87 Colorado Big Eight Conference opener played in Kansas on December 13, 1986. Kansas won that game 59-56 and a full month would have passed before the Colorado Big Eight’s second game at Iowa State on Jan. 14, 1987.
This match in Kansas will remain the first conference competition played by game number after World War II. The Kansas game was Colorado’s fifth of the 1986-87 season, while Sunday’s game against Stanford will be the seventh.
Prior to the WWII era, there were many seasons where the Buffaloes played conference games in the first, if not the first, games of the season.
BATTERY MILESTONES: Senior winger Evan batteyColorado’s active leader in goals and rebounds, scored 16 points against Brown, bringing his career tally to 981, who is 39th on CU’s all-time roster.
With 19 points, Battey will become the 38th Colorado player to reach 1,000 in his career. Additionally, he would be the fourth member of the 2017 Signature Class to reach this milestone. McKinley Wright IV (2017-21) leads this group to sixth place overall with 1,857. Tyler Bey (2017-20) is 29th at 1,113 while D’Shawn Schwartz (2017-21) is tied for 34th with 1,026.
Battey is 30th in career rebounds at 543. He had seven against Maine to enter the Top 30, passing Austin Dufault (2008-12).