• This Week in BasketBuffs - 2/27/12

    LAST WEEK

    Men

    Women

    THIS WEEK
    Men:
    Thursday, March 1st
    8:30 PM
    Fox Sports Net
    Matthew Knight Arena
    Eugene, OR
    Women:
    Thursday, March 1st
    6:30 PM
    ROOT Rocky Mountain
    Coors Event Center
    Boulder, CO
    Colorado
    Offense
    Colorado
    Defense
    Oregon
    Offense
    Oregon
    Defense
    D1
    Average
    eFG% 49.3% 46.5% 52.1% 48.7% 49.0%
    Turnover % 19.7% 18.5% 20.3% 19.0% 20.4%
    Off. Reb % 30.0% 27.6% 32.1% 31.6% 32.1%
    FTA/FGA 43.8 31.6 39.4 31.2 36.5

    Men:
    Saturday, March 3rd
    2:00 PM
    Fox Sports Net
    Gill Colisseum
    Corvallis, OR
    Women:
    Saturday, March 3rd
    4:00 PM

    No TV
    Coors Event Center
    Boulder, CO
    Colorado
    Offense
    Colorado
    Defense
    Oregon St.
    Offense
    Oregon St.
    Defense
    D1
    Average
    eFG% 49.3% 46.5% 51.8% 51.2% 49.0%
    Turnover % 19.7% 18.5% 19.1% 23.5% 20.4%
    Off. Reb % 30.0% 27.6% 33.6% 34.2% 32.1%
    FTA/FGA 43.8 31.6 43.9 39.3 36.5

    Seriously, in the craziness that is the PAC-12 this season, is there anyone who doubts that we're going to end with a four way tie for first place? Don't think it's possible? Think again. IF:
    • CU sweeps the Oregon schools; AND
    • Washington loses at USC and UCLA; AND
    • Cal loses at Stanford; AND
    • Arizona beats Arizona State
    Then CU will tie for first with Washington, Cal and Arizona. If that happens by the way, your Colorado Golden Buffaloes will be PAC-12 champions due to the tie-breaker of head-to-head matchups (CU is 3-2, Cal & UDub are 2-2 and Arizona is 2-3). Seriously, it's the only logical ending to this season.

    But even if the Buffs don't finish first, they have a lot to still play for this week. A loss to Oregon guarantees them the five (or six) seed. A win guarantees them a first round bye. So it's safe to say that CU vs Oregon will be the PAC-12 game of the week. I know a lot of people are saying that they want the five seed because it gives us a chance at an easy win over USC to pad our numbers a bit before playing Oregon -- which we will likely have to do no matter what. I'm not in that camp. Fisrt off, I'm still holding on to that 5-10% chance that we can win the PAC-12 tourney. Is it unlikely? Yes. But honestly, outside of the bottom three teams, can you completely rule out ANYONE from winning the tourney? Wazzu sucks, but they did beat both Cal and Stanford this season. Oregon State has wins over Cal & UCLA. Stanford has made us their bitch along with a win over UCLA.

    Secondly, I don't want the five seed because it's not prestigous. I'm sorry, but in a year where we were picked to finish anywhere from 10th to 12th, we have a chance at a top four finish. Is there really any difference in between fourth and fifth? No. But saying "we had a first round bye in the conference tourney" just sounds better. I want that prestige. Plus, **** the Ducks. I want to prove that the win at the Keg wasn't a fluke and wasn't because of the officials (in a game in which both sides got jobbed horrendously at different points. Did Oregon get screwed on the last call? IMO, yes. But this wasn't a one way street).

    So while the men seem to be ramping up for the post-season tournament, the women, well... I'm not sure what's going on there. The Stanford blow out was expected and, honestly, understandable. The Cal game though? What happened there? Lappe's squad is definitely heading the wrong direction right now. My question is, can they get it under control long enough to hold on to the NIT bid that so many of us assumed was a given? The future is still incredibly bright for the women's team. Jen Reese was really starting to come around before she got hurt. Lexy Kresl has been great. Arielle will be ready as a redshirt frosh next year and we have a damn good recruiting class coming in, so I'm excited. But I'm really hoping they can still make the WNIT to keep a little momentum going. Hopefully we can get some people out to the Keg on Thursday and Saturday (and I do want to point out that neither of those games interfere with the men's games, so hopefully the people on campus and in Boulder can head over and help out) and help lead the women to victory.

    BTW, I worded the poll question that way so we don't get people saying "I voted no to the NIT because they're still going to the NCAA Tournament!" God bless the optimists of the world, and I hope you're right.
    Offensive
    Efficiency
    Defensive
    Efficiency
    Pace
    Colorado 103.0 94.0 66.7
    D1 Average 100.8 100.8 66.3
    RPI SOS
    Men 84 103
    Women 119 123
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