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2014-15 CU vs Oregon State Basketball Preview: Uncomfortable in Corvallis

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    Hoping to capitalize on a strong home effort against Stanford, Colorado headed to Eugene on Wednesday to take on the surprising Oregon Ducks. *It started off well enough, as the Buffs jumped out of the gate to an 11-4 lead, but a 24-4 UO run mid-way through the first half canceled that out in a heartbeat. *The culprit was sloppy play on both sides of the court, but the result was that CU headed into the first half down 17; their largest deficit at the break of the season. *In the second half, play was better. *They were able to chip away at the Ducks, at one point getting the margin down to five points with four minutes to play. Unfortunately, that first half performance proved too much to overcome, as the Buffs settled for a 73-60 loss. *Back under .500, *sigh*
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    Wide-eyed, the Buffs none-the-less struggled in Eugene.
    What else can you say, the periodic scoring droughts are killing this team. *Long a feature of the #RollTad era, we've seen peak drought this winter, with the game in Oregon a prime example. *After taking that 11-4 lead at the 16:24 mark, notably on a Wes Gordon put-back, CU went the next seven and a half minutes without a field goal, missing layups and open looks aplenty before Gordon cracked the glass ceiling with a layup at 9:03. *The spell wasn't broken with that bucket, however, as the team would go another four minutes before yet another layup from Wes. *Still not finished, it was a further two minutes before the rest of the team decided to get into the action, when Xavier Johnson burst through with a layup at 2:40 on the clock. In total, CU players not named Wesley Gordon went 13 and a half minutes only scoring two damn points (free throws from Ski Booker).

    Two thoughts: 1) Wes needs to be more aggressive offensively, 2) this magical vanishing offense has become a tired joke. *In total, CU posted an eFG of 24-****ing-percent in the first half, capped off with a 3-8 run from the line. *This coincided with them allowing the Ducks to shoot 59% from the field, as the focused effort on either end completely collapsed. *While the team played better over the final 20, there's just no coming back from that. As Coach Boyle said in the post-game:
    “We’re having trouble putting the ball in the basket. When you do that, it’s tough, it just makes it really hard to win games... It’s hard to win even when you play well defensively because our margin for error is so small...*We just couldn’t finish possessions by rebounding it and obviously we can’t put the ball in the basket. It’s unbelievable."​
    Indeed.
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    Repeated empty possessions allowed Joe Young to put this one out of reach. *From: Rivals.
    Silver and Gold linings:

    • Wes Gordon, and his 6-7 shooting from the field. *The sophomore has been really efficient from the floor this season (116 Ortg), but his effort on offense comes and goes (possibly with the tide?). *In this game, he was on.
    • Josh Scott collected a career-high 17 rebounds to fuel the 19th double-double of his tenure in Boulder. Combined with Gordon, the front court pair collected 13 of CU's 20 offensive rebounds.
    • Ski cracked 20 points, again. *He needed 17 shots to get there, but was clutch from the line, going 10-12. *0-5 from three, however, and only handed out two assists. *I wonder how recovered he is from those hip pointers, as his jump shot isn't there right now.
    • CU played pretty good defense in the second half, holding the Ducks to 24% from the floor. Combined with a +8 rebound margin over the game, and you can see how Colorado was able to crawl back into this one.
    Duck hunting difficulties behind them, the Buffs will look to end the road trip on a high point this evening as they shoot up I-5 to Corvallis. I'm almost frightened to see what this one will look like, as the Oregon State Beavers play some of the best zone defense in America. *The word of the day will be patience, as the painfully-slow Beavs look to lull opponents into slumber. *Conveniently, tip-off from Gill Coliseum is set for 9pm. *Won't need the melatonin tonight...

    Coverage can be found on Pac-12 Networks, with the radio call on 850 KOA.

    Click below for the preview...

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    Hoping to capitalize on a strong home effort against Stanford, Colorado headed to Eugene on Wednesday to take on the surprising Oregon Ducks. *It started off well enough, as the Buffs jumped out of the gate to an 11-4 lead, but a 24-4 UO run mid-way through the first half canceled that out in a heartbeat. *The culprit was sloppy play on both sides of the court, but the result was that CU headed into the first half down 17; their largest deficit at the break of the season. *In the second half, play was better. *They were able to chip away at the Ducks, at one point getting the margin down to five points with four minutes to play. Unfortunately, that first half performance proved too much to overcome, as the Buffs settled for a 73-60 loss. *Back under .500, *sigh*
    [​IMG]
    Wide-eyed, the Buffs none-the-less struggled in Eugene.
    What else can you say, the periodic scoring droughts are killing this team. *Long a feature of the #RollTad era, we've seen peak drought this winter, with the game in Oregon a prime example. *After taking that 11-4 lead at the 16:24 mark, notably on a Wes Gordon put-back, CU went the next seven and a half minutes without a field goal, missing layups and open looks aplenty before Gordon cracked the glass ceiling with a layup at 9:03. *The spell wasn't broken with that bucket, however, as the team would go another four minutes before yet another layup from Wes. *Still not finished, it was a further two minutes before the rest of the team decided to get into the action, when Xavier Johnson burst through with a layup at 2:40 on the clock. In total, CU players not named Wesley Gordon went 13 and a half minutes only scoring two damn points (free throws from Ski Booker).

    Two thoughts: 1) Wes needs to be more aggressive offensively, 2) this magical vanishing offense has become a tired joke. *In total, CU posted an eFG of 24-****ing-percent in the first half, capped off with a 3-8 run from the line. *This coincided with them allowing the Ducks to shoot 59% from the field, as the focused effort on either end completely collapsed. *While the team played better over the final 20, there's just no coming back from that. As Coach Boyle said in the post-game:
    “We’re having trouble putting the ball in the basket. When you do that, it’s tough, it just makes it really hard to win games... It’s hard to win even when you play well defensively because our margin for error is so small...*We just couldn’t finish possessions by rebounding it and obviously we can’t put the ball in the basket. It’s unbelievable."​
    Indeed.
    [​IMG]
    Repeated empty possessions allowed Joe Young to put this one out of reach. *From: Rivals.
    Silver and Gold linings:

    • Wes Gordon, and his 6-7 shooting from the field. *The sophomore has been really efficient from the floor this season (116 Ortg), but his effort on offense comes and goes (possibly with the tide?). *In this game, he was on.
    • Josh Scott collected a career-high 17 rebounds to fuel the 19th double-double of his tenure in Boulder. Combined with Gordon, the front court pair collected 13 of CU's 20 offensive rebounds.
    • Ski cracked 20 points, again. *He needed 17 shots to get there, but was clutch from the line, going 10-12. *0-5 from three, however, and only handed out two assists. *I wonder how recovered he is from those hip pointers, as his jump shot isn't there right now.
    • CU played pretty good defense in the second half, holding the Ducks to 24% from the floor. Combined with a +8 rebound margin over the game, and you can see how Colorado was able to crawl back into this one.
    Duck hunting difficulties behind them, the Buffs will look to end the road trip on a high point this evening as they shoot up I-5 to Corvallis. I'm almost frightened to see what this one will look like, as the Oregon State Beavers play some of the best zone defense in America. *The word of the day will be patience, as the painfully-slow Beavs look to lull opponents into slumber. *Conveniently, tip-off from Gill Coliseum is set for 9pm. *Won't need the melatonin tonight...

    Coverage can be found on Pac-12 Networks, with the radio call on 850 KOA.

    Click below for the preview...

    Read more »[​IMG]

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