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Popping the Top in the Foam Dome

Posted by The Minkster on February 16, 2011

If you haven’t caught a CU men’s basketball game yet this year you might want to check that off your list before the Big 12 tournament tips off.  The Buffs are in the middle of the pack and seeding will come down to the last weekend of match-ups, but that isn’t the story.  The 2010-11 version of our Buffaloes is undersized and doesn’t have much experience off the bench, but they line up toe-to-toe in each game with the expectation of winning.  That’s a huge step in the right direction. 

Big kudos go out to Tad Boyle in finally moving the men’s basketball team in a new direction.  He has a team with lanky forwards hitting the boards while the only true center is a freshman coming off the bench.  When the scoring tandem of Higgins and Burks are having an off night other guys step up and throw down needed baskets.  It isn’t just about playing tough D anymore, but playing a complete game on both ends of the floor which translates to wins on the road.  Something CU fans aren’t used to seeing.

I’m excited about Boyle’s first recruiting class next year and the team getting another 12 months to become better students of the game of basketball.  At times this year it seemed that the guys were either tired or didn’t understand what needed to be done at key points in the game.  Knowing when to press, when to push the ball up the floor, how to take a quick shot or hold the ball has been the downfall of this team at times, but you can see improvements in their overall basketball IQ.  There is excitement under the Flatirons and I’m hoping that Burks will come back for his junior year to be part of the excitement.

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Throwback Time in Foam Dome

Posted by The Minkster on January 25, 2011

Were you able to catch the CU men’s basketball team last week on the road?  The first stop was in Lincoln followed by a Saturday afternoon brawl in Norman after big upsets of ranked Mizzou and K-State.  Both road stops were tough losses to teams that CU would probably could beat at home.  This is Boyle’s first Big 12 rodeo, so I can understand he wasn’t sure how to deal with the refs swallowing the whistles for the black shirts on the road.  CU didn’t see the charity stripe in the first half of the Nebraska game, which seems a bit odd for a team that was one of the best teams in the country in free throw attempts and percentage made. 

Ref holding ball

Big 12 Refs Tough on the Road

The Buffs are small, so their game is driving to the hoop and drawing fouls which opens up the outside shooters.  When you take the ability to get fouls away it’s frustrating for a club that doesn’t have the personnel to bang inside and can’t get good looks from the perimeter.  In both games you could see the frustration and lapses in concentration overcoming this shiny new Buffs team.  That’s something that Boyle will have to learn how to coach through, adjust the game plan and keep the guys focused.  I’m guessing it won’t get much better in the new Pac-12, so this is good practice.

Tonight provides an opportunity to prove the melt downs in those mid-western watering holes weren’t because the horses were tired, but shenanigans by the Cartwrights in stripes (that’s a Bonanza reference for you youngsters out there).  Kansas comes into Coors Events Center ranked #6 after an upset by Texas over the weekend to drop the Big 12 powerhouse to 18-1 overall.  It’s a little eerie that the last time CU beat KU at home the Jayhawks were ranked #6.  If one team gets hot in the second half then it will probably be a blowout, otherwise these two match-up well and it should be a great game.  For the first time in a long time there should be more black and gold in the building than blue.  The Buffs need this win to have a shot at getting an invitation to the Big Dance in March, so hopefully they have shaken off that road trip and are ready to bring it tonight!

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