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2013 Off-week Preview #2

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    Despite a (relatively) dead crowd, a missing center, and a distracting scuffle in the tunnel, CU came through and got the gritty 60-50 win over Utah that they had to have. It was ugly. It was haltingly slow. It was at times sloppy.* But it was a win, and in the end, that's all that really matters.

    The big story was bench production.* Usually a group that has only been relied upon to fill the court with warm bodies, the bench mob came through with genuine production when CU needed them the most.* Without Josh Scott, who sat out the game with concussion symptoms, the Buffs were forced into roster scramble mode, and players like Sabatino Chen and Jeremy Adams answered the call.* Despite playing out of position on many possessions, the pair of regular substitutes (Chen started for only the 5th time in conference play) combined for 21/7 with only two turnovers in 36 combined minutes.*
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    Usually quiet offensively, Chen chipped in 12 huge points. From: the BDC
    Their scoring impact and defensive energy allowed Coach Boyle to go small with a five guard lineup for much of the game, keeping Andre Roberson keyed on the Utes' Jason Washburn. Given free reign against the Utah big man, Roberson turned in another fantastic defensive performance.* Despite being matched up with a longer, taller player, 'Dre grabbed 13 boards, notched four steals, and swatted two shots - all while only committing one foul.* His 10-point offensive performance only further padded his line, giving him yet another double-double.
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    'Dre kept Utah from exploiting their size advantage.* From: the BDC
    Washburn couldn't get anything going on 'Dre, and got most of his 10 points as a result of open looks from broken CU double-teams. When Roberson was on him, he was a non-factor.* The performance was enough to poke Coach Boyle in restating that Andre is the best defender in America.* It's hard to argue when he's having games like last night.

    Funny enough, a win over an RPI 150+ team like Utah actually costs the Buffs a few RPI slots, but it's better than the alternative.* As a result, they stay in outside contention for a top-four seed in the Pac-12 tournament, and remain comfortably 'in' the Dance for another week.

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    Travel partner dealt with, the Buffs now get to enjoy a final off weekend before a two-week race to the postseason.* With no CU game to occupy my attention, I'll preview the slate of games holding some larger interest for BuffNation.

    Click below for the preview(s)...

    Read more »[​IMG]

    Despite a (relatively) dead crowd, a missing center, and a distracting scuffle in the tunnel, CU came through and got the gritty 60-50 win over Utah that they had to have. It was ugly. It was haltingly slow. It was at times sloppy.* But it was a win, and in the end, that's all that really matters.

    The big story was bench production.* Usually a group that has only been relied upon to fill the court with warm bodies, the bench mob came through with genuine production when CU needed them the most.* Without Josh Scott, who sat out the game with concussion symptoms, the Buffs were forced into roster scramble mode, and players like Sabatino Chen and Jeremy Adams answered the call.* Despite playing out of position on many possessions, the pair of regular substitutes (Chen started for only the 5th time in conference play) combined for 21/7 with only two turnovers in 36 combined minutes.*
    [​IMG]
    Usually quiet offensively, Chen chipped in 12 huge points. From: the BDC
    Their scoring impact and defensive energy allowed Coach Boyle to go small with a five guard lineup for much of the game, keeping Andre Roberson keyed on the Utes' Jason Washburn. Given free reign against the Utah big man, Roberson turned in another fantastic defensive performance.* Despite being matched up with a longer, taller player, 'Dre grabbed 13 boards, notched four steals, and swatted two shots - all while only committing one foul.* His 10-point offensive performance only further padded his line, giving him yet another double-double.
    [​IMG]
    'Dre kept Utah from exploiting their size advantage.* From: the BDC
    Washburn couldn't get anything going on 'Dre, and got most of his 10 points as a result of open looks from broken CU double-teams. When Roberson was on him, he was a non-factor.* The performance was enough to poke Coach Boyle in restating that Andre is the best defender in America.* It's hard to argue when he's having games like last night.

    Funny enough, a win over an RPI 150+ team like Utah actually costs the Buffs a few RPI slots, but it's better than the alternative.* As a result, they stay in outside contention for a top-four seed in the Pac-12 tournament, and remain comfortably 'in' the Dance for another week.

    --

    Travel partner dealt with, the Buffs now get to enjoy a final off weekend before a two-week race to the postseason.* With no CU game to occupy my attention, I'll preview the slate of games holding some larger interest for BuffNation.

    Click below for the preview(s)...

    Read more »[​IMG]

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