Colorado (3-0) vs. Murray State (3-0)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 18, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: TD Arena (5,100) -- Charleston, South Carolina. Television: ESPN 2. Home Record: Colorado 1-0, Murray State 1-0. Away Record: Colorado 0-0, Murray State 0-0. Neutral Record: Colorado 2-0, Murray State 2-0. Conference Record: Colorado 0-0, Murray State 0-0. Series Record: Colorado leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Colorado Buffaloes and Murray State Racers will put their unbeaten records on the line when they square off in the Charleston Classic Championship game at TD Arena.
The Buffaloes knocked off the No. 16 Baylor Bears in the second round of the tournament in a thrilling 60-58 battle to improve to 3-0 on the season. Colorado played well on both ends of the floor as it avenged its loss to the Bears in last season's NCAA Tournament. The Buffaloes held the offensively loaded Bears to 37.3 percent shooting from the floor, while Askia Booker delivered a team-high 19 points in the contest. Colorado built a reputation as a defensive-minded squad last season, but it appears to be adept on both ends in 2012-2013.
Steve Prohm is attempted to win his second in-season tournament in as many year's as Murray State's head coach. Last season, Prohm set the bar high in his first season by leading MSU to a 31-2 overall record, the best start in school history, and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. The team also won the Great Alaskan Shootout early in the schedule. Murray State's success last season was no fluke as it is off to a 3-0 start with victories over Auburn and St. John's already collected.
Colorado has managed to win its first three games despite the offensive woes of star forward Andre Roberson. The junior averaged a double-double with 11.6 points and 11.1 rebounds per game last season, which he ended with a few outstanding postseason performances. He has yet to score in double digits this season, but he has collected 26 boards in two tournament games. The Buffaloes have stayed afloat due to Booker's tremendous play. The highlight machine is scoring a team-high 16 ppg on 47.6 percent shooting from the floor and he has drilled 14 three-pointers already. Spencer Dinwiddie and Josh Scott are tied for second on the team with 12 ppg.
The Racers' success this season and last has been very much thanks to the efforts of star point guard Isaiah Canaan. The senior guard led the team with 19 points and 3.6 assists per game last season. Canaan showed he is a big-time player that wants the ball in his hands at the end of close games by delivering in the clutch repeatedly. Surprisingly Canaan is not the leading scorer this season as senior forward Stacy Wilson has tallied a team-best 60 points in three games. Wilson is a perimeter oriented forward, and for good reason. He has knocked down four three-pointers in each of his last two outings. Ed Daniel occupies the interior and posts 12.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest.
The point guard battle between Booker and Canaan will be tremendous. Both players are proven leaders with skills, athleticism, and court savvy. While the Buffaloes appear to have more raw talent and athleticism, the pesky Racers seem to be impervious to losing.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Murray State 68, Colorado 65
11/18 10:43:14 ET