The Colorado Buffaloes (11-5, 3-1) have opened Pac-12 conference play with some strong performances, but Saturday's road matchup against the Pac-12's first place team, the Stanford Cardinal (14-3, 4-1), presents perhaps their toughest challenge yet. Stanford's balanced attack is led by Josh Owens (12.9 points, 6.0 rebounds per game) and and Aaron Bright (12.2 points, 3.5 assists per game), but sophomore Josh Huestis is also coming off the best game of his collegiate career against the Utah Utes. Huestis scored a career-high 13 points and added 10 rebounds against the Utes, and even Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins called it the forward's best game of his career.
The Buffaloes are coming off a 57 – 50 loss to the California Golden Bears, but have still won seven of their last eight games overall. if the team hopes to pull off the road win on Saturday, they will have to lean heavily on Carlon Brown and sophomore sensation Andre Roberson. As the love for Roberson grows, Colorado fans are looking for new ways to express their appreciation. Here is a wonderful fan-generated post featured at The Ralphie Report that attempts to start a new movement:
I coined this nickname for Andre Roberson because he is a double double machine. Double doubles are a popular hamburger option for popular left coast hamburger chain In-N-Out. It means double meat and double cheese. Animal style is the most famous of the secret menu items for In-N-Out. An animal style burger is the "burger of your choice with hand-leafed lettuce, tomato, a mustard cooked beef patty; add pickle, extra spread, with grilled onions." But really, it's all about the animal fries, which add melted cheese, spread, and grilled onions to their admittedly mediocre regular fries. They are fantastic.
Andre Roberson is also fantastic. An added bonus is that "Animal Style" perfectly describes his dirty, gritty, high energy game. I have gotten Andre to claim #TEAMANIMALSTYLE on the twitter machine, where I chronicle his double doubles on a game by game basis (now at 10 this season! which is a double in and of itself!).
Game date, time: 2:00 p.m. MT, Saturday, Jan. 14th, 2012
Location: Maples Pavilion, Palo Alto, CA
Radio: AM 760
TV: Fox Sports Net
Spread: Stanford is currently favored by 7.5 points. The over/under for the game is currently set at 127 points.
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