UA-Colorado pregame: Miller praises Buffs' talent

2013-01-03T11:30:00Z 2013-01-03T20:59:44Z UA-Colorado pregame: Miller praises Buffs' talentBy Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Sean Miller says Arizona will face three of the Pac-12's most talented players tonight in Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie, Askia Booker and Andre Roberson. The Buffaloes also have freshman Josh Scott, whom Miller compared to his three freshmen big men.

"I believe Spencer Dinwiddie will play in the NBA," Miller said. "There aren’t a lot of players his size that can play the point and have the ability to shoot. If  you look at his three-point field goal percentage (46.5), it's off the chart. I would put him among the top guards playing.

"Askia Booker has done nothing but improve from a good freshman campaign and he leads them in scoring (14.8). He's really aggressive. And one of the most versatile and great players in our conference is Roberson. Their coach and their staff does a great job of interchanging him at small forward and power forward. He's a tough matchup. He does a little bit of everything and he does things better than last season."

Also noting the addition of Scott, Miller said the Buffs "have all the pieces to have a great season. Are they one of the teams who can win the Pac-12? Yes."

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Booker has been playing with a chip on his shoulder.

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Tad Boyle is hoping the Buffs can take care of the basketball tonight at McKale Center. Both Colorado (15.3 average turnovers) and Arizona (14.5) have had issues with turnovers so far this season.

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Our pregame coverage today: A main story on Miller's concerns with UA, sidelines notes and a matchup graphic.

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Here's the official game notes from Colorado and Arizona. Note that Miles Simon and Roxy Bernstein will be calling the game, as they did for all of UA's games in the Diamond Head Classic.

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John Gasaway of Basketball Prospectus has an interesting analysis of Arizona for ESPN, saying the Wildcats are currently a bit overrated but still have big potential -- if they can take care of the ball. (You may need ESPN Insider access to read the entire story).

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Jahii Carson led ASU to its first conference opening win since James Harden left Tempe.

The loss was painful for Utes center Jason Washburn, who had 19 points and 18 rebounds. Meanwhile, the Bachynski brother matchup didn't really pan out.

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Shabazz Muhammad says his "killer instinct" has always been part of his game. The Bruins will face Cal at 9 p.m. on Fox Sports Net.

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Enigmatic USC will begin Pac-12 play tonight against Stanford (8 p.m. , ESPNU, after the UA-Colorado game).

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Josh Pastner doesn't want to schedule Tennessee anymore.

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