Notes And Quotes From Ricardo Patton And The Buffs

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Read what head coach Ricardo Patton and the Buffs had to say after the Buffs victory over the Cornhuskers.

COLORADO HEAD COACH RICARDO PATTON

GENERAL-"Overall, I thought this was a good game for us. We are not going to cheat this win at all."

ON BIG 12 TOURNAMENT-"We have got to be prepared to play a really good Kansas State team. I think we will be (prepared). They took one from us there and we got one here, so right now it is a split. We'll take tomorrow off and come back and practice hard ready to go this week.

"I think our guys realize that it is the start of a new season. You have got the preseason, conference season and tournament (season). The season is basically broken up into three, or four parts-I hope four this year.

"I think we have enough guys who have been there (the Big 12 tournament) and know what it takes to win. That is something that will be good for us."

ON MICHEL MORANDAIS' ANKLE-"I don't think he hurt it any more, but it is still tender. In the second half, I saw no reason to take a chance and bring him back."

ON STEPHANE PELLE-"Pelle has been solid for us. We really appreciate his effort over the last few years. It was great that we could send him off like we did tonight."

ON DAVID HARRISON-"I thought he played really big. He is getting better for us on the offensive end. I really think he is showing his potential right now. It is going to take time for guys to develop early in their career. I've always said you'll see two solid years out of guys-their junior and senior years. That's when you'll see the hard work payoff."

ON GAME TURNOVERS-"We were just careless with the ball at times. It was a game-when you think about all the emotions-that guys have a lot of pressure to play well. Sometimes they get too jacked up and play sloppy."

NEBRASKA HEAD COACH BARRY COLLIER

ON DAVID HARRISON-"He was a real force for Colorado. I thought he got too deep, caught the ball a number of times, and made big shots and knocked down free-throws. We put two guys on him, but we couldn't stop him often enough."

ON COLORADO's DEFENSE-"They were very good defensively. They put a lot of pressure on us. We got some penetration, but when we came to the basket too often, their big guys blocked shots or altered shot and that was a big factor in our low shooting percentage."

ON HIS TEAM's PERFORMANCE-"I thought (Brennon) Clemmons did a tough job handling the ball for most of the night. (Nate) Johnson and (Andrew) Drevo scored the points for us. Johnson was pretty aggressive offensively after a tough night Tuesday at Oklahoma."

ON THE POSSIBILITY OF FACING COLORADO IN THE BIG 12 TOURNAMENT-"Colorado certainly deserves a lot of credit. They finished strong in conference. The way the standings look, we may face them again. Obviously we will have to play better and they are on a roll so it will be a tough assignment."

COLORADO PLAYERS

SOPHOMORE CENTER DAVID HARRISON ON HIS TRIPLE-DOUBLE-"I didn't even know about it. I knew I was scoring a lot. Blair (Wilson) came over and said I needed one more, then I got the block and I was like 'Is that it?' and he told me that I needed a rebound. I had to try and crash the boards which is hard to do because they weren't missing there at the end."

ON CONFIDENCE GOING INTO THE BIG 12 TOURNEY-"We're 10-times more confident than we have been in the past. We're on a nice win-streak and we have a very good mindset going into the tournament. I think our play recently has contributed greatly to our confidence."

ON THE HOME-COURT ATMOSPHERE-"A lot of guys that we play against come here and ask how to breath up here. Combine that with the fact that you have 10,000 fans screaming with you, and the altitude, it is a very difficult place to play."

ON GAINING RESPECT-"When we beat KU that really opened some eyes and we hung with Georgia so we knew that we could play. Anytime you play two top-20 teams tough you know you've done well."

SENIOR FORWARD STEPHANE PELLE ON TOURNAMENT HOPES-"I think I'll appreciate it once it's Sunday and we know where we stand. This is not a gift. We worked very hard all year and we deserve it."

ON SENIOR-YEAR SUCCESS-"My sophomore and junior year were years when we lost a lot and we had some players leaving and really received a lot of criticism from everyone. It's very gratifying to play so well as a team especially when it's your senior year."

JUNIOR GUARD BLAIR WILSON ON KANSAS STATE-"They gave me a very tough time when we played in Manhattan. But I think we're a different team now. Mookie (Wright) brings a lot to the table. I think we're a much better team with him. I expect us to play much better next time around." Notes From The Win

o Colorado picked up its first 8-0 league record at the Coors Events Center since the beginning of the Big 12.

o Colorado won it's 14th home game at the Coors Events Center this season-the most in Colorado men's basketball history.

o Colorado has it's first winning record in Big 12 play since the 1996-97 season.

o It is the first time since the 1998-99 season Colorado has won at least three straight conference games. During that season Colorado beat Texas A&M, Baylor, Texas Tech, Kansas State and Iowa State in a span of 15 days.

o It is only the fourth time since the beginning of the Big 12 that Colorado has won three or more conference games in a row. It happened twice during the 1996-97 season-the first season of Big 12 play.

o With the Buffaloes collecting their 19th victory, it is the first time since the 1996-97 season that Colorado has won more than 18 games overall. From the 1990-91 season to the 2002-03 season, Colorado has won 18+ games only three times.

TRIPLE-DOUBLE-For the second time this season, David Harrison collected a triple-double scoring 20 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and blocking 11 shots. It is only the third time ever a Colorado player has recorded a triple-double after Chauncey Billups did it during the 1996-97 season and Harrison did it against Stetson earlier this year. It is the first time the feat has been accomplished by a player during conference season.

With 43 tonight, Colorado now has 690 rebounds this season during Big 12 play breaking a team record for most rebounds during the conference season. The old record of 659 was set last year.

The nine blocked shots in the first half is a Colorado team and Coors Events Center record for blocks in one half. The old record was eight, which occurred on three different occasions.

With a 9-7 conference record, it is the first time since the 1996-97 season Colorado has been two games above .500. (Colorado was 12-5 in the Big 12 that season-the last time Colorado was in the NCAA Tournament).

Stephane Pelle picked up yet another double-double tonight, his 12th of the season and 37th of his career.

Stephane Pelle, starting in his final home game, moved into a 10th place tie on the Career Games Started list with 75. He is three games away from tying Will Smith (1996-2000) for career games played with 123.

WITH 11 BLOCKED SHOTS...

o David Harrison broke his own individual record for blocks in a game that he set against Stetson earlier this year.

o He passed Donnie Boyce to move into fourth place on the all-time blocked shots chart.

o After tonight's game, Harrison is averaging 3.6 blocks per game, which is .6 better than Poncho Hodges' 2.6 blocks per game he held during the 1991-92 season.

If Colorado wins one post-season game it will be only the third time a Colorado team has won 20 games with two of those during the Patton era.

The 15 blocks tonight is a new Colorado team record.

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