Putting the points back
Colorado never could restore those three points officials waved off when they didn't allow Sabatino Chen's would-be buzzer beater on Jan. 3 at McKale Center.
So the Buffs playfully did the next best thing Thursday.
As some of the Arizona Wildcats walked out on the court for pregame warmups, the scoreboard read:
Colorado 3, Arizona 0.
On the cover of the gameday poster Colorado gave out to fans at the Coors Events Center was none other than … Chen.
But Buffs publicist Andrew Green insisted that it had nothing to do with the night of Jan. 3.
"I swear on my (Pac-12 Tournament) championship ring from last year, that it's coincidence," Green said.
Green said Colorado juniors and seniors choose a game before the season when they would like to be on the poster, and Chen chose Arizona. Freshmen and sophomores are assigned whatever games are left.
The C-Unit, Colorado's student fans, made fun of UA freshman Brandon Ashley on the pregame fodder it distributed.
"His biggest pet peeve is being asked to repeat himself," the sheet said. "He also enjoys taunting fans when he's on the road. Looks like the C-Unit has a new best friend. This kid is annoying already."
While a light snowfall dusted Boulder all day Thursday, the CU students opted for a "blackout."
While a few gold shirts and the guy with a yellow Teletubbies suit ruined the look, everyone else wore black T-shirts.
Defensive help is coming soon
Arizona signee Rondae Jefferson was officially named a McDonalds All-American on Thursday, but his performance in the game isn't what ESPNU analyst Paul Biancardi is interested in.
Saying Jefferson is the "best defender in high school basketball," Biancardi said on ESPNU's selection show Thursday that he really wanted to see Jefferson guard East teammate Andrew Wiggins in practice.
"Jefferson has the length, the athletic ability and the mind-set to contain Andrew Wiggins," Biancardi said, later adding, "he can lock up anybody in this game."
Earlier this week, UA coach Sean Miller also raved about Jefferson's defense, saying it helps that Jefferson plays for a rugged perennial powerhouse at Chester (Pa.) High.
"He's really talented on defense," Miller said. "He's a 6-7 guy who can do a lot of different things on that side of the ball as well as on offense."
Sign in Colorado student section, referring to the Jan. 3 game.
The Big number
The number of Colorado wins in 11 games at the Coors Events Center, where the Buffs will play four of their final six games.