Josh Scott is helped off the floor after suffering a concussion against Arizona State on Feb. 16.
Josh Scott is helped off the floor after suffering a concussion against Arizona State on Feb. 16. ( CLIFF GRASSMICK )

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Josh Scott was back on the practice court on Thursday.

Colorado head coach Tad Boyle said he is "hopeful" the 6-10 freshman forward will return to the starting lineup on Saturday against Cal here at Haas Pavilion (3 p.m., ESPNU).

Scott has been out since suffering a concussion on Feb. 16 against Arizona State. He participated in the Buffs' light workout Thursday, which consisted of free throws, shooting and a preliminary walk-through of Saturday's game plan.

"He would be pretty important because of the matchups against Cal," Boyle said.

If Scott is cleared to play he and Xavier Johnson would be able to defend Cal forwards Richard Solomon (6-10) and David Kravish (6-9), which would free Andre Roberson up to shadow 6-6 shooting guard Allen Crabbe.

Crabbe scored 21 points during the Bears' 81-71 loss at the Coors Events Center on Jan. 27, but the Pac-12's leading scorer also took 21 shots from the field.

Solomon and Kravish scored a combined 11 points on 5-for-14 shooting with five rebounds. Scott had five points and three rebounds while Johnson exploded for 18 points and 12 rebounds.

"Our confidence is at an all-time high," Spencer Dinwiddie said after CU escaped Maples Pavilion with a 65-63 win without Scott. "I think the best part of Cal is we'll get even more of a confidence boost because Josh Scott will probably be back. That will be great. As long as we keep getting these road wins everybody will be happy."


Shane Harris-Tunks did not take a shot and grabbed one rebound in five minutes against the Stanford. Roberson guarded Josh Powell (12 points, seven rebounds) and Johnson tangled with Josh Huestis (four points, nine rebounds) most of the evening.

Sabatino Chen started and grabbed six rebounds. Jeremy Adams had eight points and four rebounds off the bench.

"It was a tough game for us to put Shane in because the matchups were not that good for us," Boyle said. "I thought he played well in the minutes he gave us in the first half. Jeremy and Sabatino stepped up again. They were big."

The Buffs (19-8, 9-6), already feeling good after three consecutive road wins, would certainly get a boost in Berkeley if their big man plays.

Scott is averaging 11.4 points and 5.0 rebounds this season.

"It's helping our team get deeper. Guys like Jeremy and Xavier Talton are playing amazing right now," Chen said. "When Josh comes back, who knows how good we'll be? It's very exciting."

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