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2014-15 UCLA Basketball Preview #2: Looking for a Quality Hollywood Sequel

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    There've been times this season where I've openly pondered "what has to happen for this team to get a road win?"* Thursday night's tilt with the USC Trojans answered that rhetorical question: Askia Booker has to get medieval, and drop a historic amount of points.

    Playing in his home town, just minutes from the courts where the human jitterbug learned the game, Ski went off for 43 to almost single-handedly drag the Buffaloes across the finish line for their first road win in eight tries. Colorado needed every one of those points, as USC was holding on for dear life on their home floor.* Locked in a war of attrition, the two teams would battle on through three overtimes and six player disqualifications, stretching nerves and rosters thin.* CU, however, had the trump card - Booker - and kept playing it at just the right moments to secure a 98-94 win.* Finally, the sighs uttered across BuffNation were ones of satisfied exhaustion, rather than frustration.
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    Ski would not be denied on Thursday. From: the BDC
    There's no possible way to overstate how brilliant Ski was on Thursday.* It took him until the 6:28 mark of the first half to find the scoresheet, but, having finally woken up, it was game on.* He scored 10 points in just under two minutes, helping to all but erase a 10-point deficit headed into halftime.* In total, he would score 24 in regulation, powering CU to an 11-pont lead midway through the second half.

    About the only thing that could slow Booker down was a cheap shot from brutish USC center Nikola Jovanovic.* On a fast break with eight minutes to play in the second half, the galoot threw a shoulder and a leg into Ski, sending the point guard flying.* While he got up, and only sported a bruise after the game, the assault had its desired effect.* The spark plug was shaken, failing to score down the stretch, and committing a trio of turnovers in the immediate aftermath.* As a result, Colorado as a whole would go on a nearly 15-minute long drought without a made field goal. The refs, particularly clueless in a game marred by questionable officiating, only awarded a common foul.* Askia would have the final laugh, however.
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    Booker has never been better than he was in overtime.* From: CUBuffs.com
    Once into overtime, Booker began to shake off the cobwebs.* By the time the game got to the second extra period, the Scrat was ready to fully flip the switch back to 'on.'* From then till the final horn, Ski would score 17 of CU's 25 points, all without committing a single turnover.* He was everywhere - off the bounce, at the rim, on the step-back.* Hell, he even posted up a defender at one point.* It was Ski Season, in all its ride-the-dragon glory, and the high has never been so good.* For the game, he finished 13-23 from the floor, 13-15 from the line, and even dished out three of Colorado's eight assists in 51 minutes of action. The performance marked the most points by a Buff in a single game since Donnie Boyce's 46 against Oklahoma State in 1994, and stands as the fourth-most ever.* We take him for granted far too often, but that was a perfect example of a player refusing to lose; it was Ski Booker in a nutshell.

    It's a little unfair, but Ski's 43 overshadows some encouraging efforts from his teammates. Down two starters, with Jaron Hopkins joining Josh Scott on the inactive list with a bum ankle, the team needed others to step up. Xavier Johnson returned to the lineup for the first time in weeks to chip in 12/5, including the game-tying three pointer in the final minute of the first overtime.* Freshman forward Tory Miller, who has been performing exceptionally well over the last few weeks, submitted his first career double-double (11/13), which featured five huge points in the final frame of overtime to supplement the Ski-splosion.* Without them, and the little efforts chipped in by the other six Buffs who saw the court, the outcome would've been completely different.
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    Xavier Johnson returned to the court, and played a major role in extending the action.* From: the Post
    For the Trojans, they boasted their own historic offensive outputs, as Jovanovic and shooting guard Katin Reinhardt combined for 65 points.* Jovanovic bullied his way to 30/9 on 17 shots, getting most of the CU front line in foul trouble in the process.* Reinhardt went for 35, mostly on 9-18 shooting from deep.* Without Jaron Hopkins to help with defense on the perimeter, he was consistently getting loose on the wing for wide open shots, and was approaching Scott the Dick territory.* Thankfully, both fouled out, and Booker's heroics put an end to that nightmare.

    This has the potential to become a massive win.* Beyond just the cancellation of the road losing streak and Ski's bonkers night, the boost to overall team confidence cannot be denied.* The Buffs, as a team, showed more grit and determination on Thursday than I've seen from them all season.* I kept waiting for the shoe to drop, and the untimely the loss to follow, but, time after time, Colorado fought through it (even that damned 15-minute field goal drought).* If they can bring that same determination with them into tonight's meeting with UCLA, this road trip has the potential to become a season-saving moment.* Let's see what the Buffs have for an encore.

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    Tip-off from Pauley Pavilion, new court and all, is set for 8:30pm this evening. *Pac-12 Networks, complete with BILL WALTON, has the pictures.* 850 KOA, complete with MARK JOHNSON, has the sound.

    For reference, my preview from the first game can be found*here.

    Click below for the preview...

    Read more »[​IMG]

    There've been times this season where I've openly pondered "what has to happen for this team to get a road win?"* Thursday night's tilt with the USC Trojans answered that rhetorical question: Askia Booker has to get medieval, and drop a historic amount of points.

    Playing in his home town, just minutes from the courts where the human jitterbug learned the game, Ski went off for 43 to almost single-handedly drag the Buffaloes across the finish line for their first road win in eight tries. Colorado needed every one of those points, as USC was holding on for dear life on their home floor.* Locked in a war of attrition, the two teams would battle on through three overtimes and six player disqualifications, stretching nerves and rosters thin.* CU, however, had the trump card - Booker - and kept playing it at just the right moments to secure a 98-94 win.* Finally, the sighs uttered across BuffNation were ones of satisfied exhaustion, rather than frustration.
    [​IMG]
    Ski would not be denied on Thursday. From: the BDC
    There's no possible way to overstate how brilliant Ski was on Thursday.* It took him until the 6:28 mark of the first half to find the scoresheet, but, having finally woken up, it was game on.* He scored 10 points in just under two minutes, helping to all but erase a 10-point deficit headed into halftime.* In total, he would score 24 in regulation, powering CU to an 11-pont lead midway through the second half.

    About the only thing that could slow Booker down was a cheap shot from brutish USC center Nikola Jovanovic.* On a fast break with eight minutes to play in the second half, the galoot threw a shoulder and a leg into Ski, sending the point guard flying.* While he got up, and only sported a bruise after the game, the assault had its desired effect.* The spark plug was shaken, failing to score down the stretch, and committing a trio of turnovers in the immediate aftermath.* As a result, Colorado as a whole would go on a nearly 15-minute long drought without a made field goal. The refs, particularly clueless in a game marred by questionable officiating, only awarded a common foul.* Askia would have the final laugh, however.
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    Booker has never been better than he was in overtime.* From: CUBuffs.com
    Once into overtime, Booker began to shake off the cobwebs.* By the time the game got to the second extra period, the Scrat was ready to fully flip the switch back to 'on.'* From then till the final horn, Ski would score 17 of CU's 25 points, all without committing a single turnover.* He was everywhere - off the bounce, at the rim, on the step-back.* Hell, he even posted up a defender at one point.* It was Ski Season, in all its ride-the-dragon glory, and the high has never been so good.* For the game, he finished 13-23 from the floor, 13-15 from the line, and even dished out three of Colorado's eight assists in 51 minutes of action. The performance marked the most points by a Buff in a single game since Donnie Boyce's 46 against Oklahoma State in 1994, and stands as the fourth-most ever.* We take him for granted far too often, but that was a perfect example of a player refusing to lose; it was Ski Booker in a nutshell.

    It's a little unfair, but Ski's 43 overshadows some encouraging efforts from his teammates. Down two starters, with Jaron Hopkins joining Josh Scott on the inactive list with a bum ankle, the team needed others to step up. Xavier Johnson returned to the lineup for the first time in weeks to chip in 12/5, including the game-tying three pointer in the final minute of the first overtime.* Freshman forward Tory Miller, who has been performing exceptionally well over the last few weeks, submitted his first career double-double (11/13), which featured five huge points in the final frame of overtime to supplement the Ski-splosion.* Without them, and the little efforts chipped in by the other six Buffs who saw the court, the outcome would've been completely different.
    [​IMG]
    Xavier Johnson returned to the court, and played a major role in extending the action.* From: the Post
    For the Trojans, they boasted their own historic offensive outputs, as Jovanovic and shooting guard Katin Reinhardt combined for 65 points.* Jovanovic bullied his way to 30/9 on 17 shots, getting most of the CU front line in foul trouble in the process.* Reinhardt went for 35, mostly on 9-18 shooting from deep.* Without Jaron Hopkins to help with defense on the perimeter, he was consistently getting loose on the wing for wide open shots, and was approaching Scott the Dick territory.* Thankfully, both fouled out, and Booker's heroics put an end to that nightmare.

    This has the potential to become a massive win.* Beyond just the cancellation of the road losing streak and Ski's bonkers night, the boost to overall team confidence cannot be denied.* The Buffs, as a team, showed more grit and determination on Thursday than I've seen from them all season.* I kept waiting for the shoe to drop, and the untimely the loss to follow, but, time after time, Colorado fought through it (even that damned 15-minute field goal drought).* If they can bring that same determination with them into tonight's meeting with UCLA, this road trip has the potential to become a season-saving moment.* Let's see what the Buffs have for an encore.

    --

    Tip-off from Pauley Pavilion, new court and all, is set for 8:30pm this evening. *Pac-12 Networks, complete with BILL WALTON, has the pictures.* 850 KOA, complete with MARK JOHNSON, has the sound.

    For reference, my preview from the first game can be found*here.

    Click below for the preview...

    Read more »[​IMG]

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