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2013-14 Arizona Preview #2

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    Earlier this week on WANE, the Pachoops.com podcast, I mentioned that Arizona State has an uncanny ability to drag the game and their opponent down to their level. *Contests with the Sun Devils are invariably gritty, physical affairs, more reminiscent of the old wars CU used to wage with Kansas State than anything usually found in the Pac-12. *As Coach Boyle said, "They’re a physical team and you’d better buck up and be physical back, otherwise they’ll punk you." Wednesday night, with postseason hopes on the line, Colorado came prepared for this style of ball, and brought a warrior mindset to bear against the visitors. *It worked, and CU out-muscled a team that has recently had their way with the Buffs, earning a vital 61-52 win in the process.
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    A huge win for Ski and the boys. *From: the BDC
    This was a program win, both in execution and result - if this were on the football side of campus, we'd be talking about bricks. *It meant something to the team, from Coach Boyle on down. *You could see as much from the intensity Colorado brought to the court, and the reaction from everyone after the game. *The Buffs wanted this win, bad, and would not accept defeat. *A month after a game with ASU marked the low-point of the season, it was good to see the team play with this kind of intensity and passion to make the statement that Colorado is back(!).

    The tilt was defined by the play down low between heavyweight post-men Josh Scott and Jordan Bachynski. These two share a brutal history, and I could tell from the opening possession that Scott was out for revenge. The Young Fundamental gave no quarter to the ASU center, routinely going toe-to-toe in the paint with the hulking brute. For all but a handful of instances in the first half, Scott got the better of the fight, controlling the game with a 13/13/2/1 line that towers over Bachynski's 4/4/1. *Further, while Josh played 35 minutes without a foul, his counterpart battled foul trouble for most of the second half, and left the arena with a bum ankle and a black eye. *All things considered, the judges scored it 12 rounds to 0: utter domination. While Josh can't remember the last time these two met in Boulder, he came up with a performance on Wednesday that will be hard to forget.
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    Scott dominated Lurch. *Wasn't even close. *From: the BDC
    If Scott's dismantling of Bachynski wasn't enough, CU controlled all other phases of the interior game. *They finished +21 on the boards (+20 in the second half alone), shut out the Sun Devils 12-0 in second chance points, and finished +8 in paint scoring. *Add in a level of defense not seen from the Buffs in weeks, and there was no chance ASU was going to steal this one.

    In victory, CU now leap-frogs the Sun Devils into 3rd place in the Pac-12, and takes a major step forward in the chase for their third-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. *It also marked their 20th win on the season, making the fourth 20-win campaign in as many tries for the great Tad Boyle. *That's pretty good value for a late-Wednesday evening.

    ... of course, it also sets the stage for tomorrow's titanic matchup with Arizona. *On a day when the marquee roadshow event in the sport comes to town, CU has a chance to erase all doubts that the late-January hiccup is behind them. *The stadium will be packed, the crowd will be electric, and the Buffs will look to send senior Ben Mills and Beau Gamble out in style. *Whatever it takes, get it done.

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    Tip-off from the CEC is set for 7pm on Saturday. *This is it, your last chance to see Colorado in Boulder this season.*The Keg should be foaming over for this one, so make sure you give yourself enough time to get to the stadium. *No one wants to be stuck in weekend traffic when the ball goes up... *Oh, and remember to WEAR BLACK for the blackout. *Coverage for those without*tickets*can be found on ESPN: Mothership, with Mark Johnson and*the radio call on 850 KOA.

    For reference, my preview from the first game can be found here.

    Click below for the preview...

    Read more »[​IMG]

    Earlier this week on WANE, the Pachoops.com podcast, I mentioned that Arizona State has an uncanny ability to drag the game and their opponent down to their level. *Contests with the Sun Devils are invariably gritty, physical affairs, more reminiscent of the old wars CU used to wage with Kansas State than anything usually found in the Pac-12. *As Coach Boyle said, "They’re a physical team and you’d better buck up and be physical back, otherwise they’ll punk you." Wednesday night, with postseason hopes on the line, Colorado came prepared for this style of ball, and brought a warrior mindset to bear against the visitors. *It worked, and CU out-muscled a team that has recently had their way with the Buffs, earning a vital 61-52 win in the process.
    [​IMG]
    A huge win for Ski and the boys. *From: the BDC
    This was a program win, both in execution and result - if this were on the football side of campus, we'd be talking about bricks. *It meant something to the team, from Coach Boyle on down. *You could see as much from the intensity Colorado brought to the court, and the reaction from everyone after the game. *The Buffs wanted this win, bad, and would not accept defeat. *A month after a game with ASU marked the low-point of the season, it was good to see the team play with this kind of intensity and passion to make the statement that Colorado is back(!).

    The tilt was defined by the play down low between heavyweight post-men Josh Scott and Jordan Bachynski. These two share a brutal history, and I could tell from the opening possession that Scott was out for revenge. The Young Fundamental gave no quarter to the ASU center, routinely going toe-to-toe in the paint with the hulking brute. For all but a handful of instances in the first half, Scott got the better of the fight, controlling the game with a 13/13/2/1 line that towers over Bachynski's 4/4/1. *Further, while Josh played 35 minutes without a foul, his counterpart battled foul trouble for most of the second half, and left the arena with a bum ankle and a black eye. *All things considered, the judges scored it 12 rounds to 0: utter domination. While Josh can't remember the last time these two met in Boulder, he came up with a performance on Wednesday that will be hard to forget.
    [​IMG]
    Scott dominated Lurch. *Wasn't even close. *From: the BDC
    If Scott's dismantling of Bachynski wasn't enough, CU controlled all other phases of the interior game. *They finished +21 on the boards (+20 in the second half alone), shut out the Sun Devils 12-0 in second chance points, and finished +8 in paint scoring. *Add in a level of defense not seen from the Buffs in weeks, and there was no chance ASU was going to steal this one.

    In victory, CU now leap-frogs the Sun Devils into 3rd place in the Pac-12, and takes a major step forward in the chase for their third-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. *It also marked their 20th win on the season, making the fourth 20-win campaign in as many tries for the great Tad Boyle. *That's pretty good value for a late-Wednesday evening.

    ... of course, it also sets the stage for tomorrow's titanic matchup with Arizona. *On a day when the marquee roadshow event in the sport comes to town, CU has a chance to erase all doubts that the late-January hiccup is behind them. *The stadium will be packed, the crowd will be electric, and the Buffs will look to send senior Ben Mills and Beau Gamble out in style. *Whatever it takes, get it done.

    --

    Tip-off from the CEC is set for 7pm on Saturday. *This is it, your last chance to see Colorado in Boulder this season.*The Keg should be foaming over for this one, so make sure you give yourself enough time to get to the stadium. *No one wants to be stuck in weekend traffic when the ball goes up... *Oh, and remember to WEAR BLACK for the blackout. *Coverage for those without*tickets*can be found on ESPN: Mothership, with Mark Johnson and*the radio call on 850 KOA.

    For reference, my preview from the first game can be found here.

    Click below for the preview...

    Read more »[​IMG]

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