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2013 Oregon Basketball Preview #2

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    It's weird to note that, with only one weekend of action to go, the Buffs could still finish anywhere from 4th to 8th in the Pac-12.* A home sweep of the Oregons, combined with an Arizona loss to ASU, and the Buffs are gifted a first-round bye that they don't really deserve.* Conversely, a pair of stumbles in the season's final two games, and Colorado would need another USC loss to avoid a humbling 8th-place car wreck finish.

    I dismiss both of the extreme possibilities for the Buffs.* I just can't imagine this team finishing in 8th place - they're simply better than that - and I have a hard time believing that ASU will beat their betters on Saturday.* So 5th-7th it is.* Given those possibilities, I think CU will stay were it is, with at worst a 1-1 finish over the final two, and not enough happening with the rest of the middle to leave the squad in 5th.

    Of course, the Buffs aren't the only team hoping to avoid an ignominious finish.* Should Arizona find a way to lose to ASU, and slip out of the top-four, it would be the culmination of a humiliating collapse for the squad picked to carry the league.* The Cats have gone 3-4 over their last seven, coughing up any hope of a league title along the way.* 'Zona simply couldn't handle the best the Pac-12 had to offer, as they went 1-6 against the rest of the league's top-five, with that lone win coming via general shenanigans.

    I find a lot of comfort in the fragility of the vaunted Wildcats.* Compared to the old Big XII, the front-running teams in the Pac appear... fallible... flawed... human.* Could you imagine Kansas slipping to 5th, regardless of circumstances, in any given Big XII campaign?* Throw in Missouri, K-State, and Texas when they were good.* All those programs seemed invincible at times.* It may be a product of the Buffs being better over the past few years, but I just don't fear anyone that this conference has to offer, and it seems that feeling is mutual considering how chaos continues to reign in the West.

    Case-in-point, who spiked the Gatorade on*the*UCLA sideline? *A shocking defeat (first time @WSU in 20 years) at cellar-dwelling Washington State has possibly cost them the conference title. *As a result, Cal - yes, Cal - had a chance to claim the #1 seed last night, but imploded against*archival*Stanford in a game where the majority of the Cardinal coaching staff was ejected... *... ... ... wait, what?

    ESPN's John Gasaway was right:
    Please don't treat the Pac-12 like a normal conference. Treat it as a random result generator.
    — John Gasaway (@JohnGasaway) March 7, 2013
    --

    Get a good look.* There's only two remaining chances to see the Buffs live in Boulder.* First up, a titanic rematch with the Oregon Ducks.* Three of the last four meetings between CU and UO have finished in one-point Colorado victories.* The games were furiously contested, showcasing some of the grittiest play of the Tad Boyle era.* Will tonight be a repeat of the closely contested battles of the past two seasons, or will one of the teams take a step past their rival?

    Tip-off from the CEC is set for 7pm MT.* Coverage, if you can't find tickets, can be found on ESPN2, with Mark Johnson and the radio call back on 850 KOA.

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

    Click below for my preview of the rematch...

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    It's weird to note that, with only one weekend of action to go, the Buffs could still finish anywhere from 4th to 8th in the Pac-12.* A home sweep of the Oregons, combined with an Arizona loss to ASU, and the Buffs are gifted a first-round bye that they don't really deserve.* Conversely, a pair of stumbles in the season's final two games, and Colorado would need another USC loss to avoid a humbling 8th-place car wreck finish.

    I dismiss both of the extreme possibilities for the Buffs.* I just can't imagine this team finishing in 8th place - they're simply better than that - and I have a hard time believing that ASU will beat their betters on Saturday.* So 5th-7th it is.* Given those possibilities, I think CU will stay were it is, with at worst a 1-1 finish over the final two, and not enough happening with the rest of the middle to leave the squad in 5th.

    Of course, the Buffs aren't the only team hoping to avoid an ignominious finish.* Should Arizona find a way to lose to ASU, and slip out of the top-four, it would be the culmination of a humiliating collapse for the squad picked to carry the league.* The Cats have gone 3-4 over their last seven, coughing up any hope of a league title along the way.* 'Zona simply couldn't handle the best the Pac-12 had to offer, as they went 1-6 against the rest of the league's top-five, with that lone win coming via general shenanigans.

    I find a lot of comfort in the fragility of the vaunted Wildcats.* Compared to the old Big XII, the front-running teams in the Pac appear... fallible... flawed... human.* Could you imagine Kansas slipping to 5th, regardless of circumstances, in any given Big XII campaign?* Throw in Missouri, K-State, and Texas when they were good.* All those programs seemed invincible at times.* It may be a product of the Buffs being better over the past few years, but I just don't fear anyone that this conference has to offer, and it seems that feeling is mutual considering how chaos continues to reign in the West.

    Case-in-point, who spiked the Gatorade on*the*UCLA sideline? *A shocking defeat (first time @WSU in 20 years) at cellar-dwelling Washington State has possibly cost them the conference title. *As a result, Cal - yes, Cal - had a chance to claim the #1 seed last night, but imploded against*archival*Stanford in a game where the majority of the Cardinal coaching staff was ejected... *... ... ... wait, what?

    ESPN's John Gasaway was right:
    Please don't treat the Pac-12 like a normal conference. Treat it as a random result generator.
    — John Gasaway (@JohnGasaway) March 7, 2013
    --

    Get a good look.* There's only two remaining chances to see the Buffs live in Boulder.* First up, a titanic rematch with the Oregon Ducks.* Three of the last four meetings between CU and UO have finished in one-point Colorado victories.* The games were furiously contested, showcasing some of the grittiest play of the Tad Boyle era.* Will tonight be a repeat of the closely contested battles of the past two seasons, or will one of the teams take a step past their rival?

    Tip-off from the CEC is set for 7pm MT.* Coverage, if you can't find tickets, can be found on ESPN2, with Mark Johnson and the radio call back on 850 KOA.

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

    Click below for my preview of the rematch...

    Read more »[​IMG]

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