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2014-15 CU vs Stanford Basketball Preview - We Can't Have Nice Things

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    The Buffs seemed to have a lot going for them Thursday night against Cal. *For the first time in 2015, every eligible scholarship athlete was available, they were playing a 'beatable' team at home, and even 'The Mayor' Spencer Dinwiddie was in attendance. *Even still, Colorado struggled on both ends of the court, continuing to play a tentative brand of offense, while leaking like a sieve defensively. They would have a chance to steal the win late, but CU couldn't make the necessary plays, and lost yet another home game. *This time by a 68-61 final.
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    Bruh, I just need a TO. *From: the BDC
    I hate to repeat myself, but the same damn issues keep popping up. *Perimeter defense was typically porous, with Golden Bear shooting specialist Jordan Mathews allowed numerous undefended looks at the basket. He would finish with 19 points, buoyed by 4-of-6 shooting from three (overall, the Buffs allowed Cal to go 10-22 from beyond the arc). *The defensive woes didn't just stop there, however. With the Buffs clinging to life down the stretch, the Bears scored or got to the line on seven of eight possessions from the fourth minute onward. That's how you lose a close ballgame.

    This was particularly painful because the Buffs were still playing tentative and inefficient basketball on offense. *CU was held under 37% from the field, to only 3-of-10 from beyond the arc, and continued to pass up open looks to hit a cutter or shoot. It continues to amaze me that 19 year olds, many of them with the attention span of a gnat, are reluctant to fire one off. *I would think that you'd have to plead with them not to pull the trigger, but the reality is the opposite. *The result is yet another game scoring under one point per possession. *For the record, the Buffs are 9-2 this season when they're over that Mendoza line, 2-10 when they aren't. *The proof is in the pudding; sometimes, you just need to score some ****ing points.
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    Josh fought through lingering back pain for a nice night, but he was mostly alone. *From: the BDC
    And yet, knowing all of that, Colorado still had a chance to win the game in the final minutes. *A clutch three pointer from Askia Booker with 1:43 to play made it a two-point ballgame. *The Buffs wouldn't score again, however, as a Josh Scott baseline jumper on the next possession rimmed, deflating sails. *Booker and Scott, who combined to score 28 of CU's 61 points, just couldn't do enough to engineer the comeback. A few turnovers later, one each from Ski and Xavier Johnson (who's still not 100%), and the fate was sealed.

    CU has now lost seven of their last nine to slide into 10th place in the Pac-12. 10th? *Really, 10th? *Has it gotten*that*bad?*Yep, 10th. *sigh* *Another opportunity to right the ship presents itself this afternoon, as the Buffs will take on Stanford at home. *Tip-off from the CEC is set for 2pm today; television coverage will be on Fox Sports 1, with the radio call on 850 KOA.

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    The Buffs seemed to have a lot going for them Thursday night against Cal. *For the first time in 2015, every eligible scholarship athlete was available, they were playing a 'beatable' team at home, and even 'The Mayor' Spencer Dinwiddie was in attendance. *Even still, Colorado struggled on both ends of the court, continuing to play a tentative brand of offense, while leaking like a sieve defensively. They would have a chance to steal the win late, but CU couldn't make the necessary plays, and lost yet another home game. *This time by a 68-61 final.
    [​IMG]
    Bruh, I just need a TO. *From: the BDC
    I hate to repeat myself, but the same damn issues keep popping up. *Perimeter defense was typically porous, with Golden Bear shooting specialist Jordan Mathews allowed numerous undefended looks at the basket. He would finish with 19 points, buoyed by 4-of-6 shooting from three (overall, the Buffs allowed Cal to go 10-22 from beyond the arc). *The defensive woes didn't just stop there, however. With the Buffs clinging to life down the stretch, the Bears scored or got to the line on seven of eight possessions from the fourth minute onward. That's how you lose a close ballgame.

    This was particularly painful because the Buffs were still playing tentative and inefficient basketball on offense. *CU was held under 37% from the field, to only 3-of-10 from beyond the arc, and continued to pass up open looks to hit a cutter or shoot. It continues to amaze me that 19 year olds, many of them with the attention span of a gnat, are reluctant to fire one off. *I would think that you'd have to plead with them not to pull the trigger, but the reality is the opposite. *The result is yet another game scoring under one point per possession. *For the record, the Buffs are 9-2 this season when they're over that Mendoza line, 2-10 when they aren't. *The proof is in the pudding; sometimes, you just need to score some ****ing points.
    [​IMG]
    Josh fought through lingering back pain for a nice night, but he was mostly alone. *From: the BDC
    And yet, knowing all of that, Colorado still had a chance to win the game in the final minutes. *A clutch three pointer from Askia Booker with 1:43 to play made it a two-point ballgame. *The Buffs wouldn't score again, however, as a Josh Scott baseline jumper on the next possession rimmed, deflating sails. *Booker and Scott, who combined to score 28 of CU's 61 points, just couldn't do enough to engineer the comeback. A few turnovers later, one each from Ski and Xavier Johnson (who's still not 100%), and the fate was sealed.

    CU has now lost seven of their last nine to slide into 10th place in the Pac-12. 10th? *Really, 10th? *Has it gotten*that*bad?*Yep, 10th. *sigh* *Another opportunity to right the ship presents itself this afternoon, as the Buffs will take on Stanford at home. *Tip-off from the CEC is set for 2pm today; television coverage will be on Fox Sports 1, with the radio call on 850 KOA.

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