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2014-15 CU vs Washington State Basketball Preview #1: Battling to get back above .500

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    You had to see it coming. *Locked in a 50-50 tie Thursday night with the Washington Huskies, Colorado took the ball out of a timeout with just over 40 seconds to play, looking for a leveraging score. *The designed set for Jaron Hopkins was for naught, however, as the sophomore slipped into a held ball, flipping possession back to UW. *They would capitalize, as Andrew Andrews canned a jumper from the elbow for the win. *52-50 final; another heart-breaker for the Buffs.
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    Andrews didn't flinch with the game on the line.
    The loss overshadows a series of gritty, encouraging performances from oft-maligned sophomores like Hopkins, Wes Gordon, and Tre'Shaun Fletcher. *Gordon was particularly good, posting a monster 10/17 line, while helping to swarm Washington's imposing front line. *Hopkins, whose offensive game is really starting to develop, lead the team in scoring, while Fletcher had an all around affair. *I can't help but say their contributions would've been more than enough had junior star Xavier Johnson been active for this game, but such is life.

    Overall, this was an ugly, slow, defensive show. *Both teams struggled offensively, with layups and easy opportunities missed left and right. *CU hit their numbers on 'D,' holding the 'Dawgs to 36% from the floor (25% from three) while out-rebounding them by five, but couldn't solve the Washington zone. *There were plenty of terrified looks on the faces of Colorado players when the ball came their way, and there was a lot of pointless passing (as opposed to effective passing) going on. *It makes sense, with two of their best offensive players - Josh Scott and Johnson - on the bench, but the molasses drip of scoring made for uncomfortable viewing.
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    Scrappy, defensive play was the name of the game. *From: the BDC
    It's hard to keep this in perspective, but the Buffs have been playing some pretty good competition (all four of the last few games have been against teams in KenPom's top-60) without two of their three best players. Yet, to their credit, the team has been battling their asses off, and deserved to win at least the last two. *It's small consolation, but there are some signs of life if you peel back the fat flaps. *This season will not end in the NCAA Tournament, it may not even end up in the NIT, but I'm learning a lot about the character of those on the bench, and who could be on the front line for next winter. *Frustrating? Yes, but just as informative.

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    The attention now turns to tonight's battle with Washington State. *Both mired at .500 overall, the two teams are seemingly headed in different directions after the opening weeks of conference play. *As opposed to Thursday's offensive struggle, those in attendance should at least see some fireworks, as the Cougars bring with them a willing offensive mindset and a porous defense. *I guarantee that more than 102 points will be scored in this one.

    Tip-off from the CEC is set for 6pm. *Coverage can be found on Pac-12 Networks, with the radio call on 850 KOA.

    Click below for the preview...

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    You had to see it coming. *Locked in a 50-50 tie Thursday night with the Washington Huskies, Colorado took the ball out of a timeout with just over 40 seconds to play, looking for a leveraging score. *The designed set for Jaron Hopkins was for naught, however, as the sophomore slipped into a held ball, flipping possession back to UW. *They would capitalize, as Andrew Andrews canned a jumper from the elbow for the win. *52-50 final; another heart-breaker for the Buffs.
    [​IMG]
    Andrews didn't flinch with the game on the line.
    The loss overshadows a series of gritty, encouraging performances from oft-maligned sophomores like Hopkins, Wes Gordon, and Tre'Shaun Fletcher. *Gordon was particularly good, posting a monster 10/17 line, while helping to swarm Washington's imposing front line. *Hopkins, whose offensive game is really starting to develop, lead the team in scoring, while Fletcher had an all around affair. *I can't help but say their contributions would've been more than enough had junior star Xavier Johnson been active for this game, but such is life.

    Overall, this was an ugly, slow, defensive show. *Both teams struggled offensively, with layups and easy opportunities missed left and right. *CU hit their numbers on 'D,' holding the 'Dawgs to 36% from the floor (25% from three) while out-rebounding them by five, but couldn't solve the Washington zone. *There were plenty of terrified looks on the faces of Colorado players when the ball came their way, and there was a lot of pointless passing (as opposed to effective passing) going on. *It makes sense, with two of their best offensive players - Josh Scott and Johnson - on the bench, but the molasses drip of scoring made for uncomfortable viewing.
    [​IMG]
    Scrappy, defensive play was the name of the game. *From: the BDC
    It's hard to keep this in perspective, but the Buffs have been playing some pretty good competition (all four of the last few games have been against teams in KenPom's top-60) without two of their three best players. Yet, to their credit, the team has been battling their asses off, and deserved to win at least the last two. *It's small consolation, but there are some signs of life if you peel back the fat flaps. *This season will not end in the NCAA Tournament, it may not even end up in the NIT, but I'm learning a lot about the character of those on the bench, and who could be on the front line for next winter. *Frustrating? Yes, but just as informative.

    --

    The attention now turns to tonight's battle with Washington State. *Both mired at .500 overall, the two teams are seemingly headed in different directions after the opening weeks of conference play. *As opposed to Thursday's offensive struggle, those in attendance should at least see some fireworks, as the Cougars bring with them a willing offensive mindset and a porous defense. *I guarantee that more than 102 points will be scored in this one.

    Tip-off from the CEC is set for 6pm. *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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