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2014-15 CU vs Washington State Basketball Preview #2 - The End of the Road

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    As battered and broken as CU has appeared at times this season, they're nowhere near the plummeting depravity of the Washington Huskies.* They proved that Thursday night with a resounding 64-47 win over a team once ranked as high as 13th in the AP poll.* What a difference a couple of months make!
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    CU was just too much for UW inside.
    Given injuries and attrition, UW had next to nothing available from the forward position - they even had to play woeful 7-foot Belgian center Gilles Dierickx 34 minutes.* Against that front court, having Josh Scott available (bad back and all) is like playing with a cheat code.* The prized post, just now starting to regain his sea legs, went for 21/9 with two steals and a block in Seattle.* For much of the time, he was just toying with the Huskies, working off of Wes Gordon (three assists) to knife the zone defense.* Xavier Johnson would hit the paint in support, as well, chipping in 11/7 in 18 minutes.* All told, the Buffs would hold a 40-18 points-in-the-paint advantage.* Honestly, I'm surprised the spread was only 22.

    The goings on up front made up for a lackluster game from Askia Booker.* The sparkplug struggled to fire against the Washington zone for the second time this season, finishing 2-10 from the floor with only five points.* With his dribble-drive cut off, he was reduced to being a simple jump shooter, and he just couldn't find a rhythm.* Luckily, Xavier Talton was hitting, collecting 10 points on 2-4 shooting from three, or CU wouldn't have gotten much from their guards.
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    The defense swarmed from the outset.
    A special nod should be made towards the defensive effort put on display by Colorado.* They got physical with their downtrodden opponent, and rarely gave them a moment to breathe.* Overall, Washington was held to just over 30% shooting for the game, 8-31 in the first half.* Outside of a hot spell from Andrew Andrews to start the second frame, CU kept UW in containment, lancing any comeback opportunities before they could fester.

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    Attention now turns to Washington State and the regular season finale.* At this point, you may be asking: 'So, just what, exactly, is at stake this afternoon?' Well, the murky middle is as muddled as always in the Pac-12, with plenty still to be decided on the regular season's final day. For CU, they can finish anywhere from 8th to 10th.

    Here's the standings as of this morning:

    • #5 - Stanford - 9-8 - @ Arizona
    • #6 - ASU - 8-9 - vs Cal*
    • #7 - OSU - 8-10 - No more games
    • #8 - Cal - 7-10 - @ ASU*
    • #9 - CU - 7-10 - @ WSU
    • #10 - WSU - 6-11 - vs CU*
    Helpfully, Cal and Arizona State play their game before CU's, so we'll know the nitty-gritty by tip-off in Pullman. Assuming Stanford loses in Tucson, the Sun Devils are playing for 5th, as they would win any tie-breaker with the Cardinal.* A loss by the Devils, however, would make things significantly more interesting, with a four-way tie possible.


    Given a three-way-tie with Cal and Oregon State, the Bears jump up to 6th, (thanks to a 2-1 record against the others), ASU 7th (their win over Arizona), and OSU 8th. *Should ASU lose, and*CU beats Washington State this evening, then we have that damn four-way tie at 8-10.* Cal still has the advantage here, but OSU would jump up to 7th (their win over the Buffs helps), ASU 8th, and CU 9th.

    If ASU avoids that mess by beating Cal and Colorado wins in Pullman, then Buffs finish in 8th (highest possible), as they would lose the direct tiebreaker with the Beavers. Should CU lose today, they'd slip to 10th, as they'd lose a direct tie-breaker with the Cougars - based on their win over Oregon in the most bat**** insane game ever played, - and a potential multi-team tie-breaker with Cal and WSU.


    Got all that? Good, because tip off from Beasley Coliseum is set for 4:30pm this afternoon. Televised coverage can be found on Pac-12 Networks, with the radio call on 850 KOA.

    For reference, my preview from the first game can be found here.
    Click below for the preview...

    Read more »[​IMG]

    As battered and broken as CU has appeared at times this season, they're nowhere near the plummeting depravity of the Washington Huskies.* They proved that Thursday night with a resounding 64-47 win over a team once ranked as high as 13th in the AP poll.* What a difference a couple of months make!
    [​IMG]
    CU was just too much for UW inside.
    Given injuries and attrition, UW had next to nothing available from the forward position - they even had to play woeful 7-foot Belgian center Gilles Dierickx 34 minutes.* Against that front court, having Josh Scott available (bad back and all) is like playing with a cheat code.* The prized post, just now starting to regain his sea legs, went for 21/9 with two steals and a block in Seattle.* For much of the time, he was just toying with the Huskies, working off of Wes Gordon (three assists) to knife the zone defense.* Xavier Johnson would hit the paint in support, as well, chipping in 11/7 in 18 minutes.* All told, the Buffs would hold a 40-18 points-in-the-paint advantage.* Honestly, I'm surprised the spread was only 22.

    The goings on up front made up for a lackluster game from Askia Booker.* The sparkplug struggled to fire against the Washington zone for the second time this season, finishing 2-10 from the floor with only five points.* With his dribble-drive cut off, he was reduced to being a simple jump shooter, and he just couldn't find a rhythm.* Luckily, Xavier Talton was hitting, collecting 10 points on 2-4 shooting from three, or CU wouldn't have gotten much from their guards.
    [​IMG]
    The defense swarmed from the outset.
    A special nod should be made towards the defensive effort put on display by Colorado.* They got physical with their downtrodden opponent, and rarely gave them a moment to breathe.* Overall, Washington was held to just over 30% shooting for the game, 8-31 in the first half.* Outside of a hot spell from Andrew Andrews to start the second frame, CU kept UW in containment, lancing any comeback opportunities before they could fester.

    --

    Attention now turns to Washington State and the regular season finale.* At this point, you may be asking: 'So, just what, exactly, is at stake this afternoon?' Well, the murky middle is as muddled as always in the Pac-12, with plenty still to be decided on the regular season's final day. For CU, they can finish anywhere from 8th to 10th.

    Here's the standings as of this morning:

    • #5 - Stanford - 9-8 - @ Arizona
    • #6 - ASU - 8-9 - vs Cal*
    • #7 - OSU - 8-10 - No more games
    • #8 - Cal - 7-10 - @ ASU*
    • #9 - CU - 7-10 - @ WSU
    • #10 - WSU - 6-11 - vs CU*
    Helpfully, Cal and Arizona State play their game before CU's, so we'll know the nitty-gritty by tip-off in Pullman. Assuming Stanford loses in Tucson, the Sun Devils are playing for 5th, as they would win any tie-breaker with the Cardinal.* A loss by the Devils, however, would make things significantly more interesting, with a four-way tie possible.


    Given a three-way-tie with Cal and Oregon State, the Bears jump up to 6th, (thanks to a 2-1 record against the others), ASU 7th (their win over Arizona), and OSU 8th. *Should ASU lose, and*CU beats Washington State this evening, then we have that damn four-way tie at 8-10.* Cal still has the advantage here, but OSU would jump up to 7th (their win over the Buffs helps), ASU 8th, and CU 9th.

    If ASU avoids that mess by beating Cal and Colorado wins in Pullman, then Buffs finish in 8th (highest possible), as they would lose the direct tiebreaker with the Beavers. Should CU lose today, they'd slip to 10th, as they'd lose a direct tie-breaker with the Cougars - based on their win over Oregon in the most bat**** insane game ever played, - and a potential multi-team tie-breaker with Cal and WSU.


    Got all that? Good, because tip off from Beasley Coliseum is set for 4:30pm this afternoon. Televised coverage can be found on Pac-12 Networks, with the radio call on 850 KOA.

    For reference, my preview from the first game can be found here.
    Click below for the preview...

    Read more »[​IMG]

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