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2013-14 Oregon Basketball Preview

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    Well, that went about as expected.

    Oregon State is a team designed to frustrate Colorado, which is exactly what they did Thursday night throughout CU's 64-58 win. *Through their zone defense (interestingly enough, a 2-3, rather than their knuckleball 1-3-1) and occasional spates of press, the Beavers do a great job shackling a fast-break team like the Buffs into uncomfortable half-court situations. *Far too often through the course of the game, CU would find themselves with a short shot clock, and little, if anything, moving towards the basket. *As a result, the Buffs became perimeter-happy and passive for large stretches, settling for desperation heaves, rather than working for quality shots underneath.
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    Josh could've used the ball more, as usual. *From: the BDC
    For a while, it looked like CU was going to get uglied*into a second-straight home loss to OSU. *The Beavers controlled much of the first half, sustaining a lead through the first 10 minutes of play. *The insertion of Xavier Talton at the point, however, seemed to kickstart the Colorado offense, as the direct point guard sped right at the OSU zone. *From then on, it was CU's game to lose, and, while it may not have pretty, they avoided the embarrassment of a loss.

    Colorado was lead by a combination of Josh Scott, Askia Booker, and Jaron Hopkins. *Scott, once again, proved to be be more than capable of banging with quality big men, as he dropped 13/10 while helping to hold OSU's heralded front line trio of Devon Collier, Angus Brandt, and Eric Moreland to only 14 combined points. *Booker didn't show the efficiency he had been in recent weeks, but collected four rebounds with as many steals and two assists to go along with his 13 points; another all-around performance from Colorado's bulldog two-guard. *Finally, Hopkins provided a much needed scoring spark off the bench, notching 13 points on 5-8 shooting.
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    Hopkins' aggressiveness served him well on Thursday. *From: the BDC
    The key here is not that CU struggled against the Beavers. *The key is that they found a way to escape with the 'W.' *They weren't able to accomplish that last season in a similar situation against Oregon St, giving me hope that the team is more capable of coping with uncomfortable situations than they were in '12-'13.

    Having survived the conference opener, the attention now turns to Oregon. *In what is most certainly the marquee matchup of the first round of Pac-12 play, the #10 Ducks and the #20 Buffaloes meet in what is one of the more highly anticipated games of the entire college basketball weekend. *The winner not only gets to start out their conference slog 2-0, but will also enjoy a major boost to their national profile and Tournament resume. Regardless of who ends being that winner, I'm expecting a fast-paced, entertaining display of basketball. *Should be a hell of a show.

    Tip-off from the Coors Events Center is set for 3pm on Sunday. *Coverage can be found on Fox Sports 1, with the radio call on 850 KOA.

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    Well, that went about as expected.

    Oregon State is a team designed to frustrate Colorado, which is exactly what they did Thursday night throughout CU's 64-58 win. *Through their zone defense (interestingly enough, a 2-3, rather than their knuckleball 1-3-1) and occasional spates of press, the Beavers do a great job shackling a fast-break team like the Buffs into uncomfortable half-court situations. *Far too often through the course of the game, CU would find themselves with a short shot clock, and little, if anything, moving towards the basket. *As a result, the Buffs became perimeter-happy and passive for large stretches, settling for desperation heaves, rather than working for quality shots underneath.
    [​IMG]
    Josh could've used the ball more, as usual. *From: the BDC
    For a while, it looked like CU was going to get uglied*into a second-straight home loss to OSU. *The Beavers controlled much of the first half, sustaining a lead through the first 10 minutes of play. *The insertion of Xavier Talton at the point, however, seemed to kickstart the Colorado offense, as the direct point guard sped right at the OSU zone. *From then on, it was CU's game to lose, and, while it may not have pretty, they avoided the embarrassment of a loss.

    Colorado was lead by a combination of Josh Scott, Askia Booker, and Jaron Hopkins. *Scott, once again, proved to be be more than capable of banging with quality big men, as he dropped 13/10 while helping to hold OSU's heralded front line trio of Devon Collier, Angus Brandt, and Eric Moreland to only 14 combined points. *Booker didn't show the efficiency he had been in recent weeks, but collected four rebounds with as many steals and two assists to go along with his 13 points; another all-around performance from Colorado's bulldog two-guard. *Finally, Hopkins provided a much needed scoring spark off the bench, notching 13 points on 5-8 shooting.
    [​IMG]
    Hopkins' aggressiveness served him well on Thursday. *From: the BDC
    The key here is not that CU struggled against the Beavers. *The key is that they found a way to escape with the 'W.' *They weren't able to accomplish that last season in a similar situation against Oregon St, giving me hope that the team is more capable of coping with uncomfortable situations than they were in '12-'13.

    Having survived the conference opener, the attention now turns to Oregon. *In what is most certainly the marquee matchup of the first round of Pac-12 play, the #10 Ducks and the #20 Buffaloes meet in what is one of the more highly anticipated games of the entire college basketball weekend. *The winner not only gets to start out their conference slog 2-0, but will also enjoy a major boost to their national profile and Tournament resume. Regardless of who ends being that winner, I'm expecting a fast-paced, entertaining display of basketball. *Should be a hell of a show.

    Tip-off from the Coors Events Center is set for 3pm on Sunday. *Coverage can be found on Fox Sports 1, with the radio call on 850 KOA.

    Click below for the preview...

    Read more »[​IMG]

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