Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tonight's Stegeman Standoff: Colorado at Georgia Preview



Tonight's contest between Colorado and Georgia (7:00 p.m./ Fox Sports Net) is shaping up to be one of the season's earliest battles between teams that have NCAA aspirations. The Buffaloes started out the season with an 88-80 defeat of the Fightin' Jared Allens, better known as Idaho State on Friday. It was a bit of an underwhelming preformance, much the same as Georgia's win against the Fightin' Jerry Rices or Mississippi Valley State the same day. Ok, I'll quit with the lame NFL references. Anyway, both squads come into this game a little perturbed at their less-than impressive wins at home over the weekend. Since stats aren't really indicative of the team's performance yet, lets jump into the Colorado preview.

Backcourt:

The Buffaloes start three very good guards in #1 Nate Tomlinson, #10 Alec Burks, and #11 Cory Higgins. Burks is definitely the best of the three, but Higgins is a senior who has started every game of his career and averaged almost 15 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game. These three present matchup problems with our guys measuring 5'11, 6'1, and 6'4. Higgins, Burks, and Tomlinson measure 6'5, 6'6, and 6'3 respectively. With one of those guys, probably Burks, I'll assume that Travis will stick to him like glue and negate some of that size disadvantage.

Another thing that worries me with these guys is their ability to shoot the three. Last year they were 21st in the country in 3-pt %, and as you saw Friday, the Dawgs 3-pt. defense leaves a little to be desired. This situation is a lot like what we faced Friday, only Colorado's guards are about 1000x better and average about five inches taller.

Starters: (last year's stats courtesy statsheet.com)

PG #1 Nate Tomlinson; 6'3, 185:






SG/F #10 Alec Burks; 6'6, 185:






G #11 Cory Higgins; 6'5, 190:







Frontcourt:

#5 Marcus Relphorde leads the Buffaloes in the very thin low-post. #5 has certainly racked up the frequent flier miles in his amateur career, attending two different high schools, two different colleges, and a JUCO. He's really getting off to a "Jim Jackson-esque" start in life. Relphorde played for Rick Majerus in his first season at St. Louis, averaging 1.0 ppg and 0.5 rpg. I don't think that he and Majerus thought that he would fit into his system, so he was granted a release to go elsewhere.

The other starter for the Buffs is #33 Austin Dufalt, who goes 6'9 and 230. Dufalt was a starter in every game last year, save five at the beginning of the year.

Unfortunately, CU's projected starting center, 6'11 Shane Harris-Tunks won't be able to do his best A.J. Ogilvy impression, as he was lost for the season to an ACL tear. Harris-Tunks is from Australia and will look to intimidate our players from the sideline by brandishing his sword-like knife and poking fun at their smaller ones. Wait, Billy Humphrey isn't on the team anymore.


I really don't know who the Buffs have to replace Harris-Tunks at center. The two most suited for the job are F/C #55 Trey Eckloff and C #32 Ben Mills. Neither of these two have shown a lot of promise, and only registered two minutes each in the first game. Look for the Dawgs to exploit the lack of size down low.

Starters: 

#5 Marcus Relphorde; 6'7, 220:









#33 Austin Dufalt; 6'9, 230: 

Roster/Stats:

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