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Colorado Basketball

November 12th

… CU in the Arena … 

Poll Tracker – Who put CU into the poll

From College Poll Tracker

Highest ranking: 15th … by Bob Holt (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette); Joe Juliano (The Philadelphia Inquirer); Lauren Kirschman (Seattle News Tribune); and Mark Berman (Roanoke Times)

Notables … Seth Davis (CBS) – 17th … Jon Wilner (San Jose Mercury News) – 18th … Dick Vitale (ESPN) – 22nd

Totals … 29 voters put CU in their rankings … 36 did not place CU in their rankings …

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado debuted at No. 25 in the first regular season Associated Press Top 25 college men’s basketball poll, released on Monday.

Colorado piled up 151 points to claim its first AP Top 25 ranking since being slotted at No. 21 on Jan. 13, 2014. That ranking was the last of a six-week run for the Buffaloes in the AP Poll that had peaked at No. 15 a week earlier.

Colorado was the second team listed in the receiving votes category in the AP Preseason Poll released in October. The Buffaloes are also listed among those receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Preseason Poll. The first regular season coaches poll will be released at a later date.

Monday’s ranking is Colorado’s 40th all-time appearance in the AP Poll. It’s the earliest ranking for the Buffaloes by calendar date and the earliest by poll number since being listed at No. 10 in the 1969-70 Preseason Poll, back when the season didn’t begin until early December.

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November 11th – Veterans’ Day!

… CU in the Arena … 

CU enters the national rankings for the first time since 2014

Note … The last time CU was ranked was January 13, 2014. The Buffs were in the polls for six weeks between December 9th and January 13th (fluctuating between 15th and 21st) before falling out in the January 20, 2014 poll. CU was also ranked for two weeks in November during the 2012-13 season, but, before that, you have to go back to the 1996-97 team to find Colorado in the national rankings … before that, you have to go back to the 1969-70 campaign.

Put another way … CU has been in a total of 20 weekly polls … in the last 50 years. So, yes, it is a big deal for CU to be ranked! … 

From the Daily Camera … Apparently, voters liked what they saw out of the Colorado Buffaloes during their season-opening win in China.

For the first time in nearly six years, Colorado’s name was listed among the top 25 teams in the nation when the weekly AP top 25 poll was released Monday morning. The Buffs came in at No. 25 for the program’s first ranking since the week of Jan. 13, 2014.

The Buffs unofficially were ranked 27th in the preseason poll after finishing second among the other teams receiving votes. CU opened its season with an 81-71 win against Arizona State in which the Buffs outscored the Sun Devils 22-12 over the final 10 minutes after ASU had rallied from a 17-point deficit into a 59-59 tie.

Only two teams dropped out of last week’s poll, with the Buffs replacing Virginia Commonwealth at No. 25. VCU dropped out despite a 2-0 start, as did Purdue, which had been 23rd but lost at home Saturday against Texas. Pac-12 rival Washington, which led the others receiving votes in the preseason poll, entered this week’s poll at No. 20 after defeating then-No. 16 Baylor in Alaska (Baylor dropped to No. 24). Arizona moved up two spots to No. 19 and Oregon moved up one spot to No. 14.

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Associated Press poll … 

1. Kentucky (64)
2. Duke
3. Michigan State
4. Louisville (1)
5. Kansas
6. North Carolina
7. Maryland
8. Gonzaga
9. Virginia
10. Villanova
11. Texas Tech
12. Seton Hall
13. Memphis
14. Oregon
15. Florida
16. Ohio State
17. Utah State
18. Saint Mary’s (CA)
19. Arizona
20 Washington
21. Xavier
22. Auburn
23. LSU
24. Baylor
25. Colorado

Others Receiving Votes: VCU 137, Florida State 112, Texas 95, Marquette 67, Tennessee 49, Providence 23, Purdue 21, Houston 18, Utah 14, Missouri 13, Arkansas 11, Mississippi State 9, Georgetown 4, Liberty 3, San Diego State 2, Creighton 1, Dayton 1, Northeastern 1, Vermont 1.

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November 8th – Season opener!

… CU in the Arena … 

CU defeats Arizona State, 81-71, in Shanghai, China, to open the 2019-20 season

Team StatsGame story from CUBuffs.com

The Buffs did their best in the first ten minutes of the second half to give the game away, but rallied behind McKinley Wright to post an 81-71 win over Arizona State in a non-conference game in Shanghai. Four Buffs finished in double figures, led by Wright with 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Tyler Bey finished with a double-double, posting 15 points and 12 rebounds. D’Shawn Schwartz also had 15 points, while Evan Battey contributed 11 points and nine rebounds.

Colorado played well in the first half, and appeared to have the game in hand at the break. After Arizona State took its only lead of the game at 15-13, the Buffs went on a 10-0 run to take command. At the half, the Buffs were seemingly in control, at 42-29.

Enter ASU point guard Remy Martin. After a quiet first half (four points), Martin took over the game to start the second half. The Buffs opened up their largest lead of the game, at 46-29, two minutes in, before Martin went on a tear. The Sun Devil point guard scored 11 points over the next eight minutes as ASU came all the way back to tie the game, 59-59, at the midway point of the second half (Martin finished with a game-high 23 points).

Then, it was McKinley Wright’s turn to take over. Wright scored six of CU’s next eight points, as order was restored, 67-62. The Sun Devils were never within a single possession of the Buffs the remainder of the game, as the Buffs slowly pulled away for a ten-point victory to open the 2019-20 season.

“Good win against a quality team this time of year,” Tad Boyle said. “You don’t usually open with teams like this, especially so far away from home. It was a great week, winning makes this trip all worth while. I’m really proud of these guys, these two (Wright and Bey) played really well down the stretch, that’s what you need your veterans to do.”

NOTABLE: Colorado improved to 82-35 all-time in season openers….The Buffaloes are 8-2 under Tad Boyle and 35-5 in overall openers since 1980-81…. Colorado is 86-29 in nonconference regular season games under Boyle, including a 39-12 mark since 2014-15…It’s Colorado’s first win in an opener at a neutral site defeating Kansas in Kansas City on Jan. 3, 1932, but it’s also a small sample size – it’s only the fourth neutral site opener since that ’32 contest…Colorado improves its series lead over Arizona State to 11-9. The Buffaloes have won seven of the last 11 overall. Colorado held ASU to 38.5 percent from the field and had a plus-12 advantage on the boards (48-36). The Buffaloes are 60-5 under Tad Boyle when holding teams under 40 percent shooting and have a plus-8 or better margin on the boards.

McKinley Wright not interested in itinerary: “My main focus is to win the game”

From the Daily Camera … McKinley Wright’s tunnel vision isn’t so focused that he didn’t expect to enjoy some of the non-basketball amenities of the Colorado men’s basketball team’s trip to China.

Still, from the moment Wright took off with the rest of the Buffaloes nearly a week ago, that focus has been centered on one thing above and beyond everything else. For Wright, when the Buffs finally open a much-anticipated 2019-20 season against Arizona State in the Pac-12 Conference’s annual game in China, the win is the thing.

“As far as the itinerary, I could really care less about that. I’m just trying to just win a game and come back home to America,” Wright said. “It’s going to be a good experience, going to Disneyland and the boat tour. It’s going to be fun. But my main focus is to win the game.”

After a week of recreational tours and a lopsided exhibition match, the Buffs face a familiar foe in a season-opener that will be played as a nonconference contest. The matchup is the Buffs toughest season-opening hurdle since they took on a seventh-ranked Iowa State team in Sioux Falls, S.D., to open the 2015-16.

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Game Preview

From CUBuffs.com

THE SEASON: Colorado officially opens the 117th season of varsity men’s basketball by facing Arizona State in Shanghai, China, in the 5th annual Pac-12 Conference China Game.

FOR OPENERS: Colorado is 81-35 (.698) in all-time season openers. The Buffaloes are 7-2 under Boyle and 34-5 in overall season openers since the 1980-81 season.

The Buffaloes begin with a neutral site game for the first time in four years. The last neutral site opener came against Iowa State on Nov. 13, 2015, where the No. 7 ranked Cyclones outlasted the Buffaloes 68-62 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

NONCONFERENCE NUMBERS: Colorado is 85-29 (.746) in nonconference regular season games under head coach Tad Boyle, including a 38-12 mark (.760) over the past five seasons. The Buffs were 9-3 during in non-league contests last season.

ABOUT THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State opens the 2019-20 campaign, coming off its second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Sun Devils were 23-11 in 2018-19, finishing second in the Pac-12 at 11-6.

Junior guard Remmy Martin headlines Arizona State’s returning cast. The Cousy Award Watch List member averaged 12.9 points and 5.0 assists last year. Bobby Hurley is in his fifth year as the head coach at Arizona State and seventh as a collegiate head coach.

SERIES RECORDS: This will be the 20th meeting between Colorado and Arizona State with the Buffaloes holding a 10-9 series lead. The teams split the season series in 2018-19, each winning at home. Colorado has won six of the last 10 overall. There has been one neutral site game in the series, a 97-85 Colorado win in the first round of the 2018 Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas.

Tad Boyle is 8-8 against Arizona State as a head coach. Bobby Hurley is 3-4 against Colorado as a head coach.

BUFFS PICKED SECOND: Colorado was picked to finish second in the 2019-20 Pac-12 Conference men’s basketball race according to the league’s Preseason Media Poll.

Colorado tallied 288 points which included nine first-place votes. The Buffaloes nearly claimed the top spot, just being edged out by three points to preseason favorite Oregon, which had 291 points and nine first-place votes.

Colorado’s preseason conference poll selection is its best in either the Pac-12 or Big 12 eras. The three-point separation between the Buffaloes and Ducks is the fourth-closest preseason poll vote in league history (1988-89 – tie, 1994-95 – 2 pts, 2012-13 – 1 pt).

RETURNING PRODUCTION: Colorado boasts one of the top rosters, in terms of returning production, in the nation. Colorado returns all five starters, and all eight players that accounted for every start in 2018-19. Additionally, the Buffaloes returning roster accounts for every minute played over the final 19 games of last season.

Percentage of Returning Production:
Scoring – 94.9 percent
Rebounds – 96.2 percent
Assists – 96.0 percent
Steals – 94.5 percent
Minutes – 94.1 percent

Only Mount Saint Mary’s and Harvard sport more returning production in scoring, rebounds, assists and minutes. Colorado is fourth in returning steals, behind those two schools along with South Florida.

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November 6th

… CU in the Arena … 

Buffs blow out Chinese opponent in final exhibition game

From CUBuffs.com … No scouting report. No names. The opponent changed less than 24 hours before tip.

No problem.

Five players scored in double figures as the University of Colorado cruised to a 109-42 win over Tsinghua University in a men’s basketball exhibition Wednesday afternoon at the Suzhou Sports Center.

Tyler BeyDallas Walton and Maddox Daniels each had 12 points. Eli Parquet scored 11 off the bench while Evan Battey pitched in 10.

Colorado was originally scheduled to play Peking University from Beijing while neighboring Tsinghua was slated to face Arizona State in the nightcap. The state-side rivals using this as a final tune up for their own meeting – the 2019 Pac-12 China Game on Friday, Nov. 8 (8:30 p.m. MT, ESPN2).

However, the exhibition opponents were switched by Federation of University Sports of China officials Wednesday morning. Full names weren’t even available for the official box score.

It didn’t matter. Colorado blew this one open early with to a 23-0 run straddling the first and second quarters of the contest played under FIBA rules.

“You just prepare yourself for whatever is thrown out there,” Colorado head coach Tad Boyle said. “You don’t know if you’re going to see man, zone, you’ve just got to be ready for it. It’s good because you have to think on your feet, you have to understand personnel as the game goes on – who’s right handed, who’s left handed, who’s a driver, who’s a shooter, who’s a rebounder. All those things they have to figure out on the fly.”

The Buffaloes scored the first six points of the game, highlighted by a Bey alley-oop dunk from McKinley Wright IV. Colorado upped its lead to 12-1 after Bey scored on a nice post move, resulting in a traditional 3-point play.

Tsinghua pulled back to within nine at 20-11 on a 3-point field goal with 2:22 left in the first quarter. Parquet and Daniels answered with back-to-back 3-pointers give Colorado a 26-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, igniting the Buffaloes’ run.

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November 5th

… CU in the Arena … 

McKinley Wright becomes the fourth Buff ever to be named to Naismith Award preseason watch list

From the Daily Camera … With a much-anticipated season opener closing in for a much-anticipated 2019-20 season, the noise Colorado men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle insists his team must block out just grew slightly louder.

On Monday, junior point guard McKinley Wright IV was named to the 50-player preseason watch list for the Naismith Award, awarded annually to the men’s basketball Player of the Year. In early February a list of 30 potential candidates will be released, with the 10 semifinalists named on March 5, 2020, and the four finalists to follow on March 17.

The winner will be announced during the Final Four on April 5.

Wright is the fourth CU player to be considered for the honor, with Alec Burks (2010-11) and Andre Roberson (2012-13) getting named to the preseason watch lists earlier in Boyle’s tenure. David Harrison also was a candidate in 2003-04.

The junior has posted two of the top seven single-season assists totals in CU history, recording 175 as a freshman in 2017-18 (second all-time) and 167 last year (tied for sixth). His average of 5.5 assists in 2017-18 is the seventh-best single-season total in CU history. He goes into his junior season ranked ninth all-time at CU in total assists with 342.

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November 4th

… CU in the Arena … 

Seth Davis from The Athletic: CU will go the furthest of any Pac-12 team in the NCAA tournament

From The Athletic … With the college basketball season beginning next week, we’re taking an in-depth look at each power conference with the benefit of some of our expert voices. We continue on with the Pac-12, and Seth Davis (The Athletic College Basketball managing editor), Brian Bennett (staff writer), Doug Haller (Arizona State) and CJ Holmes (Arizona).

Who makes the NCAA Tournament, and which team advances the deepest?

Bennett: Arizona, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. Washington gets rolling late in the season when freshmen Isaiah Stewart and Jaden McDaniels and mid-year Kentucky transfer Quade Green start to gel. The Huskies make the Sweet 16.

Davis: Oregon, Colorado, Arizona, Washington, Oregon State and USC. I think Colorado will go the furthest. I love experienced guards, and this is the season when McKinley Wright IV finally gets the national recognition he deserves.

Haller: Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Arizona, Arizona State and USC. I don’t know if there’s a Final Four team here, but Oregon has the potential for a deep run. Dana Altman has a lot of new pieces, but he’s a master at getting them all to fit.

Holmes: I see the Pac-12 having five NCAA Tournament bids in Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State and Colorado. It’s hard for me to say which team will advance the furthest without knowing the field of 68, but I think Sean Miller and the Wildcats have a Sweet 16 run in them.

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November 3rd

… CU in the Arena … 

Buffs are off to Shanghai with a week in China before playing Arizona State Friday night

From CUBuffs.com … The 2019-20 season, in which many are anticipating as a historical one for the University of Colorado men’s basketball team, begins next week with a historical journey.

The Buffaloes are headed to Shanghai, China, on Saturday for an eight-day trip that will culminate with the season-opener against Arizona State. The two league rivals will meet in the fifth edition of the Pac-12 China Game presented by Alibaba Group. Longtime Pac-12 Conference partner Federation of University Sports of China (FUSC), which operates under China’s Ministry of Education, will serve as the co-host for the game.

The game will take place on Friday, Nov. 8, at 8:30 p.m. MST and air live on ESPN2 (Saturday, Nov. 9, 11:30 a.m. in Shanghai). The matchup between Colorado and Arizona State will not count as a conference contest as the teams are slated to meet only once during the Pac-12 regular season – on Jan. 16 in Tempe – as part of the league’s annual 18-game rotation model.

The Pac-12 China Game is the flagship event of Pac-12 Global, designed to grow the global popularity of Pac-12 athletic programs and universities, fostering cultural exchange through sport, and creating unique educational experiences for Pac-12 student-athletes. China is also an important country for CU Boulder recruiting. More than 1,100 Chinese students study at CU Boulder; they represent the campus’ largest population of international students.

Colorado will spend time with children from the Yao Ming Foundation. Founded by the Hall of Fame basketball player, the Yao Ming Foundation was created to improve the lives of children in the U.S. and China. The Buffaloes will have lunch and interact with the Yao Ming Foundation kids on Tuesday at Shanghai Disney and participate in a basketball clinic at Alibaba on Thursday.

Along with the kids clinic, the Buffaloes will take part in educational activities at Alibaba, China’s leading e-commerce company. The Pac-12’s partnership with the Alibaba Group is what has allowed the conference to fund team travel and other costs for this annual event.

There will be time for sightseeing in China’s largest city, with roughly 24 million people. The Buffaloes are set to tour Yu Garden and Jade Buddha Temple, a scenic area over 400 years old, highlighting ancient Chinese architecture. A trip to Shanghai’s Starbucks, considered the world’s largest, is also on the docket.

On Wednesday, Colorado will play an exhibition game in Suzhou, a city outside of Shanghai. The Buffaloes will play Peking University of Beijing, in a game that will tip bright and early in Boulder – 1 a.m. Mountain (4 p.m. in China).

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Sports Illustrated: CU the No. 25 team in the nation

From Sports Illustrated … Like we do every year, SI’s editors set out to project the top 25 teams in the nation entering the 2019–20 season. Then we expanded the projections out—way, way out—to include the other 328 teams in Division I. Without the benefit of a comprehensive projections model, we looked at each team’s returning production, multi-season trajectory and notable newcomers to assemble a full-field ranking of every team that might play a role, however small, in determining the 2020 national champion. Below are the results, with insights and information on the SI preseason Top 25 and dozens of notable teams on the outside looking in.

From the Pac-12 … 

17. Oregon (1st in Pac-12): Senior Payton Pritchard’s steady hand still guides the offense, and he’s joined by a new supporting cast, including two five-stars (big men N’Faly Dante and CJ Walker).

25. Colorado (2nd in Pac-12): With 6-foot junior point guard McKinley Wright IV (a contender for Pac-12 Player of the Year) and 6’ 7″ junior forward Tyler Bey (who led the team with 13.6 ppg and 9.9 rpg), the Buffaloes are sure to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish in the conference. They also get 7-foot center Dallas Walton back after his right-ACL injury.

32. Washington (3rd in Pac-12)

36. Arizona (4th in Pac-12)

53. Arizona State (5th in Pac-12)

57. USC (6th in Pac-12)is the only team down here bringing in two five-star recruits. If 6’9” Isaiah Mobley and 6’8” Onyeka Okongwu can make more of an immediate impact than Kevin Porter did last year, Andy Enfield’s team should be much better. And don’t forget, 6’11” star center Nick Rakocevic is still here

67. UCLA (7th in Pac-12) … Out west, UCLA is adapting to a brand-new philosophy under coach Mick Cronin. The Bruins were a mess last season, but Cronin’s strict defense and slow pace, along with addition of Shaq’s son, Shareef O’Neal, in his return from heart surgery, could make them a pain for Pac-12 teams

74. Oregon State (8th in Pac-12)

118. Utah (9th in Pac-12)

138. Stanford (10th in Pac-12)

174. Washington State (11th in Pac-12)

192. California (12th in Pac-12) …Unsurprisingly, Cal checks in as the lowest team of all the Power 5 or Big East, and Mark Fox has his work cut out for him in Year 1 (though senior point guard Paris Austin returns).

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November 1st

… CU in the Arena … 

Jerry Palm Bracketology: Buffs a No. 7 seed heading into 2019-20 campaign

From CBS Sports … The 2019-2020 college basketball season is less than a week away, which means it is time for the preseason NCAA Tournament bracket projection. It figures to be a season with a lot of familiarity.

The top four seeds are all teams we are used to seeing near the top of brackets. Michigan State, Duke, Kentucky and Kansas are projected, in order, as the four No. 1 seeds. Those four teams also happen to be playing a doubleheader on opening night with Duke facing Kansas followed by Michigan State vs. Kentucky on Tuesday in the Champions Classic at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

The order of those seeds is not dependent on the results of those games. They are based on a full season. This is the only bracket I do that looks ahead to what I think the final bracket will look like. All of the other projected brackets during the season are what I think the bracket would look like if the season ended on that particular day.

From the Pac-12 … 

  • No. 4 seed … Oregon
  • No. 6 seed … Arizona
  • No. 7 seed … Colorado
  • No. 9 seed … Washington
  • No. 11 seed … Arizona State

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October 31st

… CU in the Arena … 

CBS: Teams which will crack the national rankings this season (including Colorado)

From CBS Sports … Ranking college basketball teams is an inexact science, and yet every week during the college basketball season, we react and discuss them. We debate quality wins, strength of schedule, NCAA Tournament seeding ramifications. Then we debate them some more. The reality is that there is no perfect way to rank college basketball teams.

And so every year, teams begin the season unranked and, inevitably, work their way into the rankings. Since the NCAA Tournament field expanded in 1985, four teams have even started the season unranked and gone on to win the national championship, according to the NCAA. That’s why, despite the obvious chatter about ranked teams, an eye should be kept on the field, too. Teams often come from nowhere into the limelight unexpectedly. We’re here to make sure you’re not the one who gets caught off guard with five teams not ranked in the preseason AP Top 25 who could fit that profile.

  • 2018-19 record: 23-13
  • National title odds: 100-1

In our preseason predictions, the CBS panel of hoops experts came to an agreement: Colorado is a top four team in the Pac-12 this season. The Buffaloes return their top six scorers from last year’s team and have a clean bill of health for McKinley Wright IV, who dealt with a nagging shoulder injury most of last season. We have yet to see the ceiling of this team, but with Wright IV at full strength and Tyler Bey expected to make another leap, it’s a safe bet to think this team, when healthy, can give any Pac-12 team on any night a run for its money.

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October 28th

… CU in the Arena … 

CU picks up a 7’0″ center commitment from the Class of 2021, Lawson Lovering

Just the facts … Lovering is a 7’0″, 210-pound center from Cheyenne, Wyoming Rivals bio  247 Sports bio

What others say about Lovering … Lovering is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. According to Rivals, Lovering is the No. 30 center in the nation from the Recruiting Class of 2021. At 247 Sports, Lovering is also considered to be the No. 30 center in the country, the No. 1 player overall out of the state of Wyoming, and the 226 overall prospect in the country.

Lovering had other offers from … one other Power-Five school, Baylor. Lovering also had a number of offers from Mountain West schools, including Boise State, Wyoming, Colorado State, San Diego State, and Nevada.

 

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October 26th

… CU in the Arena … 

Buffs open season with a 87-56 exhibition win over Tad Boyle’s son’s Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens

From CUBuffs.com … Tad Boyle’s Colorado Buffaloes did what good teams are supposed to do in a Saturday exhibition, dominating Division III Pomona-Pitzer 87-56 at the CU Events Center.

Thanks to some hot shooting and solid defense, the Buffs jumped out to a big early lead and cruised to the win. The Buffs led by 17 midway through the first half, 27-10, and pushed the margin to 52-25 by halftime.

Boyle used 11 players in the first half and continued to substitute liberally in the second, with 14 Colorado players seeing the floor by game’s end.

HOW IT HAPPENED: The Buffs’ post players were especially dominant against the Sagehens from the beginning. CU’s 6-foot-8, 262-pound Evan Battey scored nine of Colorado’s first 11 points as the Buffs jumped out to an 11-2 lead. D’Shawn Schwartz then added a steal and dunk and another basket to push the lead into double digits, 15-4, and the Buffs steadily built on the lead for much of the rest of the game.

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6 Replies to “Colorado Basketball”

  1. I watched Univ. of AZ last night play what was advertised as a good Illinois team. It was close for about a half. The second half was all UofA as they were deeper, and they have 3 most likely, “One and Done” freshman that really put on a show. 62 or so combined points from the 3 Frosh out of 90 points. It irks me that CU only plays UofA this year here in Tucson. The schedule should really give CU a chance to meet them also in Boulder.

  2. Most anticipated hoops season since the White/Gordon/Fortune/Johnson 5th- year Senior loaded team which was disappointing to say the least (Derrick White held up his end, however) . I don’t see this crop of Juniors phoning it in like the supposed leaders on that team did. Not buying Howell’s excuse that that team hadn’t played together enough. Leadership from players (or lack thereof) let that team down.

    My only concern is Tad’s obsession with Tad-ball. If Parquet (who started the exhibition) and Strating get significant minutes I will be flummoxed. Unless those guys really improved over the off-season they were big-time offensive liabilities. Yes, they defend and rebound which is important–but so is offensive efficiency in today’s NCAA hoops. Would like to see Gatling/Kountz and Daniels get minutes with Wright. Strating should get limited minutes if Battey and Bey stay out of foul trouble and Siewert the good shows up, plus Walton on a pitch count. Also interested to see how CU responds to the 3-point line being moved out to the International distance.

    I get the feeling this may be Tad’s favorite team since he has been head coach. Go Buffs!

    1. I will go with that.
      I was really disgusted to see White’s only season wasted when I thought his addition would be the missing piece for an NCAA run. Turns out XJ and his fellow sleepwalkers were the “missing pieces.” At least Derrick is making some bank now.
      I have always wondered if Tad’s constant emphasis on D an rebounding was compensation for struggling to create “offensive efficiency.” Compounding this was his terrible luck in finding a consistent 3 point shooter. Will Daniels, Gatling or Schwartz end the jinx and break out in that respect.? A consistent 3 point shooter could be the missing piece for this year. Aside from Tad’s alien substitution patterns I dont see very many negative ” missing pieces”

      1. I’m sure Tad and staff is pretty solid with Wright/Bey/Battey and Schwartz being the “dudes.” The key is did Kountz, Gatling and Siewert improve (may just have to accept Siewert for being what he is at this point: inconsistent but not a bad option off the bench). I’m sure all this will play out as the non-conference schedule runs out.

        Strating is a guy you love on your team and can help in certain situations but will be exposed if he has to play significant minutes. Be interesting to see if Tad goes to Ryder or Dombek if Bey or Battey get in foul trouble and Siewert the bad shows up. Parquet has physical tools but was a complete non-factor on offense last year, which is a liability for a number 2 guard. Maybe he improved on that end over the off season. That’s why all of this will be interesting starting Friday night.

        Tad has assembled himself a really nice team. Can’t wait to see how this plays out.

  3. This is a gangly, long stride boy…………but it seems he knows how to use the glass (with what video I’ve seen)……. This is something I haven’t seen utilized proficiently with our teams in the past.

    SKO BUFFS

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