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2013 Oregon St Basketball Preview #2

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    After last night, I'm convinced that I no longer understand basketball.

    Without defensive leader Andre Roberson, I thought the Buffs would be in big trouble against the conference leading Oregon Ducks. *When the entirety of the starting lineup was saddled with first half foul issues,*I knew*the Buffs would be in trouble. *Instead, in an act of defiance against conventional wisdom, CU utilized another incredible performance from the bench mob to push around a sleep-walking Oregon team to the tune of a 76-53 win.
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    No Andre, no cry.* From: the BDC
    The Buffs so clearly out-hustled their overrated opponents that I began to feel sorry for Oregon halfway through the second half. *They just didn't have the heart, energy, and focus required to crack the Buffs in their best whole-team performance in years. * From Spencer Dinwiddie and Xavier Johnson to Shane Harris-Tunks and even Beau Gamble, every player in home silver played above their normal. *Against that kind of landslide, few would have a hope in hell, but Oregon looked particularly out-of-place on the court.* It was shocking to see how easily they rolled over. The Ducks were ostensibly playing for a conference title, yet came out*dispassioned*and lazy, missing free throws and lay-ups ad nauseum. *Maybe no one wants to win this damn league...
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    Not 'Boyled.' Roasted.* From: the BDC
    Credit to the Buffs, they took advantage of this terrible Oregon performance. *Without the nation's leading rebounder, the Buffs still managed to out-rebound a solid rebounding basketball team by four. *Without the league's best defender, the Buffs still managed to play such wrenching defense that Oregon seemed to sag at the mere thought of attacking it, shooting 2-12 from deep, and a lousy 27% from the field in the first half.

    On offense, despite foul trouble suppressing minutes, Spencer Dinwiddie and Xavier Johnson led the way by combining for 39 points. *XJ in fact got his 22 in as many minutes of play, which hurts my head even thinking about it. *As for Dinwiddie, his 17/7/6/1 statline is a thing of beauty, restating his case for Pac-12 POY consideration.* Additionally, his withering defense held Oregon star E.J. Singler to only two points on five shots.* Singler was so lost with Dinwiddie locking him down that I thought his momma was going to have to come out and save him.
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    Spencer conducted another master class Thursday.* From: the BDC
    But the win goes deeper than the starters. *Jeremy Adams, Shane Harris-Tunks and Xavier Talton all played huge reserve minutes, keeping the team afloat when Oregon looked poised to get up off the mat. *The trio combined for 14 points, and brought buckets of heart to the court in every one of their combined 54 minutes

    The win silences critics who*bizarrely*thought the Buffs were creeping towards bubble-danger territory, and keeps dreams of a first-round bye in the Pac-12 tournament on life-support for another 36 hours. *It also marks the third-straight 20-win season for the Buffs, a program record, and keeps a record-tying 21-win regular season campaign in reach. *A win Saturday against OSU would end the season in style, sending the team off to Vegas on a high-point, and setting them up for a signature Tad Boyle post-season run.

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    Happy Senior Day Eve! *There's*surprise late add to the festivities that I'll have more on later today. *Beyond the ceremony, however, the Buffs*have a chance to cap the season with a big home win. *Of Colorado's nine losses this season, seven of them have come in weekend games (five of seven in*conference), leaving me to hope that the positive distraction of a Senior Day celebration will shake up the weekend rut.

    Seeds are at stake in Boulder. *A win clinches at-worst a #5-seed for the Buffs, and OSU needs the win for any hope to stay out of the conference basement. *Should CU prevail, this could be a preview of the first-round matchup in Sin City.

    Everybody, drive safe, stay patient despite the*snow, and I'll see you in Boulder Valley tomorrow.

    Tip-off from the snow-capped CEC is set for 2:30pm MT Saturday. *Coverage can be found on Pac-12 Network, with Mark Johnson moving his radio broadcast to AM760 because of Rockies baseball.
    For reference, my preview from the first game can be found*here.

    Click below for my preview of the rematch...

    Read more »[​IMG]

    After last night, I'm convinced that I no longer understand basketball.

    Without defensive leader Andre Roberson, I thought the Buffs would be in big trouble against the conference leading Oregon Ducks. *When the entirety of the starting lineup was saddled with first half foul issues,*I knew*the Buffs would be in trouble. *Instead, in an act of defiance against conventional wisdom, CU utilized another incredible performance from the bench mob to push around a sleep-walking Oregon team to the tune of a 76-53 win.
    [​IMG]
    No Andre, no cry.* From: the BDC
    The Buffs so clearly out-hustled their overrated opponents that I began to feel sorry for Oregon halfway through the second half. *They just didn't have the heart, energy, and focus required to crack the Buffs in their best whole-team performance in years. * From Spencer Dinwiddie and Xavier Johnson to Shane Harris-Tunks and even Beau Gamble, every player in home silver played above their normal. *Against that kind of landslide, few would have a hope in hell, but Oregon looked particularly out-of-place on the court.* It was shocking to see how easily they rolled over. The Ducks were ostensibly playing for a conference title, yet came out*dispassioned*and lazy, missing free throws and lay-ups ad nauseum. *Maybe no one wants to win this damn league...
    [​IMG]
    Not 'Boyled.' Roasted.* From: the BDC
    Credit to the Buffs, they took advantage of this terrible Oregon performance. *Without the nation's leading rebounder, the Buffs still managed to out-rebound a solid rebounding basketball team by four. *Without the league's best defender, the Buffs still managed to play such wrenching defense that Oregon seemed to sag at the mere thought of attacking it, shooting 2-12 from deep, and a lousy 27% from the field in the first half.

    On offense, despite foul trouble suppressing minutes, Spencer Dinwiddie and Xavier Johnson led the way by combining for 39 points. *XJ in fact got his 22 in as many minutes of play, which hurts my head even thinking about it. *As for Dinwiddie, his 17/7/6/1 statline is a thing of beauty, restating his case for Pac-12 POY consideration.* Additionally, his withering defense held Oregon star E.J. Singler to only two points on five shots.* Singler was so lost with Dinwiddie locking him down that I thought his momma was going to have to come out and save him.
    [​IMG]
    Spencer conducted another master class Thursday.* From: the BDC
    But the win goes deeper than the starters. *Jeremy Adams, Shane Harris-Tunks and Xavier Talton all played huge reserve minutes, keeping the team afloat when Oregon looked poised to get up off the mat. *The trio combined for 14 points, and brought buckets of heart to the court in every one of their combined 54 minutes

    The win silences critics who*bizarrely*thought the Buffs were creeping towards bubble-danger territory, and keeps dreams of a first-round bye in the Pac-12 tournament on life-support for another 36 hours. *It also marks the third-straight 20-win season for the Buffs, a program record, and keeps a record-tying 21-win regular season campaign in reach. *A win Saturday against OSU would end the season in style, sending the team off to Vegas on a high-point, and setting them up for a signature Tad Boyle post-season run.

    --

    Happy Senior Day Eve! *There's*surprise late add to the festivities that I'll have more on later today. *Beyond the ceremony, however, the Buffs*have a chance to cap the season with a big home win. *Of Colorado's nine losses this season, seven of them have come in weekend games (five of seven in*conference), leaving me to hope that the positive distraction of a Senior Day celebration will shake up the weekend rut.

    Seeds are at stake in Boulder. *A win clinches at-worst a #5-seed for the Buffs, and OSU needs the win for any hope to stay out of the conference basement. *Should CU prevail, this could be a preview of the first-round matchup in Sin City.

    Everybody, drive safe, stay patient despite the*snow, and I'll see you in Boulder Valley tomorrow.

    Tip-off from the snow-capped CEC is set for 2:30pm MT Saturday. *Coverage can be found on Pac-12 Network, with Mark Johnson moving his radio broadcast to AM760 because of Rockies baseball.
    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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