Colorado Basketball – March, 2021


Behind three-time first-team All-Pac-12 star McKinley Wright, Buffs cap one of the most successful seasons in CU history with a 23-9 record … Buffs finish regular season with the highest-ever seeding in the Pac-12 tournament (3rd) and the highest-ever seeding in the NCAA tournament (5th), taking out Georgetown in the first round of the NCAA tournament before falling to Florida State in the second round …

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With Sam Noyer out, the QB battle this spring will be between a transfer sophomore (J.T. Shrout), a second-year freshman (Brendon Lewis), and a true freshman (Drew Carter) … Who will emerge as the primary contender to incumbent Sam Noyer? …

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CU Recruiting Class of 2022

//posted 3.27.2021
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(3/27) CU recruit No. 5 is a three-star defensive back from Texas, Keyshon Mills … (3/19) CU picks up commitment from speedy three-star running back, Victor Venn … (3/17) Buffs pick up their quarterback from the Class of ’22, three-star dual-threat QB Owen McCown (son of NFL QB Josh McCown) …

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Remember Alex Fontenot? CU’s leading rusher in 2019 (874 yards; five touchdowns) will be looking to do battle with Jarek Broussard, the reigning Pac-12 Offensive Player-of-the-Year … Will this be a make-or-break spring for sophomores Joe Davis and Deion Smith? ….

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CU at the Dance

//posted 3.23.2021

McKinley Wright – By the Numbers … CU sets a dozen individual and team NCAA tournament game records in 96-73 win over Georgetown … McKinley Wright had more assists (13) than the entire Hoya lineup (12) … CU destroys record for three’s (16; old record 7) …

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Floors and Ceilings

//posted 3.21.2021

For years, the ceiling for CU basketball was a fifth-place seeding in the Pac-12, and a one-and-done in the NCAA tournament – that ceiling has now been raised … The CU football program also seems bent on moving the bar higher …

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The wide receiver corps at CU has annually been among the most talented and deepest on the roster … With the defection of K.D. Nixon and the undetermined status of La’Vontae Shenault, however, there are now concerns about who will be the starters in September …

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Rankings and Ratings

//posted 3.19.2021

ESPN: “The Moment Won’t be Too Big For the Buffs” … No CSU at the Big Dance: No replacement teams required … CFN: “Georgetown the sentimental choice, but Colorado is a whole lot steadier” … TeamRankings: CU wins 73% of computer simulated games v. Georgetown …

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Buffs not lacking for spring practice questions: Who will emerge as the primary challenger to Sam Noyer? … Is the wide receiver room not as deep as we thought? … Will this – finally – be the year of the tight end at CU? …

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one: This might be the year that CU effectively uses its tight ends … True, the tight ends produced only ten catches in 2020 (five by walk-ons), but a health Russell and a talented room may make a real contribution this fall …

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CU’s 2021 fall schedule is finally known – some initial thoughts … How much McKinley Wright has meant to CU? Tad Boyle: “McKinley Wright is going to go down as one of the greatest players in Colorado history” … Here are some of Kin-Kin’s numbers …

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The “big uglies” paved the way to CU being ranked 23rd in the nation in 2020, and all of the starters except for NFL-bound Will Sherman return … How well offensive line coach Mitch Rodrigue shuffles the deck to create the best starting five possible will be one of the stories worth watching this spring …

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