Boulder, Colo. A revitalized Randy Robinson will give Colorado renewed hope when the Buffaloes entertain No. 6-ranked Kansas tonight.
Robinson, a 6-7 junior, started Colorado's first six games, then lost his job to juco transfer Mark Dean before regaining it last Wednesday against Colorado State.
Robinson responded by making 10 of 14 shots for a game-high 23 points as the Buffs stopped their geographic rivals, 76-59.
Just when Robinson was beginning to feel comfortable as Colorado's sixth man, too.
"It kind of surprised me when coach (Joe) Harrington told me," Robinson said. "I was thinking, `Let me play off the bench. I'm comfortable with the role.' But if it was better for the team, it was fine with me."
ROBINSON, WHO scored 25 points in a reserve role earlier this season against Texas-San Antonio, will start again tonight when Colorado seeks to pull the rug on Kansas for the second year in a row. Colorado won, 79-71, here last year.
Tipoff is 7:08 p.m., Lawrence time, at the Coors Events Center. In Lawrence, cable channel 45 (Prime Network) will telecast the game live.
In addition to Robinson, Harrington will be looking for another solid performance from senior point guard Billy Law.
The 5-10 Law, who came here last season from Butler County CC in El Dorado, scored a career-high 20 points against Colorado State while contributing eight assists and six rebounds. Law has only 10 turnovers in the last eight games.
Meanwhile, Harrington is hoping freshman sensation Donnie Boyce comes out of his shooting slump tonight.
THE 6-5 FORWARD leads the Buffs in scoring at 14.6 points a game, but he's shooting only 28 percent in the last four games. Boyce has also missed four of his last 15 three-point attempts.
Boyce is one of eight players on the 13-man Colorado roster who have never played against Kansas.
Colorado drew a season-high 7,395 fans for Wednesday's Colorado State game, and tonight's crowd may surpass that total. Only about 1,000 tickets remained, excluding 4,000 student seats, as of Friday. The CU arena's capacity is 11,199.
Tonight's game is Colorado's last at home until Feb. 5. Kansas returns home next Saturday to entertain Nebraska. The KU-CU game in Lawrence is scheduled on Feb. 15.