The Pac-12 standings are tight at the moment with a three-way tie for first and the Colorado Buffaloes are a game back behind the leaders as they look to erase that deficit with a road trip against the Washington Huskies.
Colorado Buffaloes (-3, 156) vs. Washington Huskies
Getting back freshman Cody Williams has been impactful for Colorado’s offense with the team scoring at least 78 points in three of four games since his return. In that span, Williams has averaged 17 points per game on 41.7% 3-point shooting.
Overall, the Buffaloes rank 12th in the nation in 3-point shooting at 39.2% and entered Tuesday’s games ranked 31st in points scored on a per-possession basis.
While Colorado plays at a brisk pace, ranking 126th in the nation in possessions per game, it does not compare to Washington, who entered Tuesday’s action ranked 33rd in total possessions per game.
Washington is ranked 171st in opponent 3-point shooting percentage but in the past three games, has allowed opponents to shoot 27-of-59 from 3-point range.
Fortunately for Washington, Colorado has been even worse at guarding the 3-point arc, ranking 207th in opponent 3-point shooting percentage and allowing opponents to make 39.9% of threes in games played on the road, which ranks 350th in the nation.
While they rank 76th in points allowed on a per-possession basis, the Buffaloes have been vulnerable when playing on the road, allowing 17.4 points more per 100 possessions but should get plenty of clean looks on offense.
The biggest issue Colorado has had on offense this season is committing a turnover on 20.5% of possessions in road games, which ranks 320th. But, it faces a Washington defense that is only 256th in the nation in turnovers forced on a per-possession basis on defense.
Since these two played on Dec. 29, a game that Colorado won at home 73-69, Washington has scored at least 74 points in six of its last seven games and with Williams back for Colorado after missing the previous showdown, the second go-around sets up to be a high-scoring affair.
The Play: Colorado vs. Washington Over 156