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AllBuffs Season Preview - Non-Conference Opponents (The First 5)

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  1. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    It's October, so it's time to start looking at the upcoming season for the Buffs. While many smarter people than I (looking at [MENTION=945]RumblinBuff[/MENTION]) will come up with grand previews, think of this as your Cliff Notes's version. These are our opponents this season. Who should you look out for? Who's better than you think? Who is absolutely horrible (hi Oregon State)? Today we're going to look at the first five games the team will play this year. Tomorrow will get the next 4 and then Thursday we'll look at the Diamond Head Classic. Next week is all about the Pac-12.

    So with that, dig in and tell me how stupid I am.

    Drexel


    Drexel is a slow down team that will win games by grinding it out on defense and hitting the opportune 3 point shot. Due to injuries the last few years, the team has underachieved a bit, but they should be an NCAA tournament team this year. The team will be led by Damion Lee. Lee lead the Dragons in scoring with 17.1 ppg in 2012-13 while battling injuries and then only played five games last season before blowing out his knee. Also keep an eye on 6'7" forward Tavon Allen who put up 11.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game last season.

    Auburn

    Bruce Pearl is back in the SEC. There's a 99% chance that this ends with Aubrun on probation in 5 years and Pearl once again being forced to work for ESPN, but the Tigers are going to be a good team in years 2, 3 and 4. Fortunately for the Buffs, they won't be ready to go this year. The team will be led by KT Harrell. The senior was sixth in the SEC in scoring last year and can hit it from everywhere on the court.Helping him out will be Antoine Mason (son of Anthony Mason) who averaged 25.6 ppg last year for Niagra before transferring to Auburn as a graduate transfer. With those two leading the way, the Tigers will be high powered in the backcourt. And Pearl's teams at Tennessee liked to run and they liked to put up points, so this will be a good early test for the Buffs defense.

    Wyoming

    The Mountain West is legit once again. And while lots of people are (rightfully) talking about CSU being a spoiler who could win the conference, not enough people are talking about Wyoming and potential MWC POY Larry Nance, Jr. Nance tore his ACL last season after leading Wyoming in points (15.4), rebounds (8.6), blocks (2.1) and steals (1.4). Despite the injury in February, Nance was still named first-team all-conference and the MWC Defensive Player of the Year. If he's healthy, you can expect him to add even more hardware to the trophy case. Another player who is familiar to Buff fans is Boulder native Riley Grabau who put up 10.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists a game last year along with leading the team in three point shooting (42%). Add in coach Larry Shyatt - who is wildly underrated - and one of the best home court advantages in the conference, and Wyoming could make a run for the conference title.

    Air Force

    While a lot of teams in the MWC are ready to make their name heard this year, Air Force is not one of them. The Falcons lost their best player - Tre' Coggins - after the season when he decided that academy life wasn't in his future. Coggins then transferred to Cal State Fullerton, but all four of the other starters from last year's squad returns. The Falcons will once again be slow and deliberate, and will have to rely on their bigs to keep them in games while their backcourt figures out what is going on. There are a few bright spots such as Max Yon - the 6'4" senior who was the only Falcon to start all 30 games last year. But ultimately, this is a rebuilding year for Air Force.

    Lipscomb

    The Bison return four starters from last year's team that all averaged over double digits in scoring. Leading the way is Martin Smith - a four year starter who has a solid all around game (15.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg) and his brother Malcolm (13.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.5 apg). Joining the Smiths will be graduate student (and incredibly large human being) Chad Lang. Lang is 6'11", 310 lbs and gives the Bison a post player that they were lacking last year as they didn't have one starter taller than 6'6". It was Casey Alexander's first year coaching the team and they rallied late - winning eight of its last 10 before bowing out in the conference tournament. With Lang in the middle, the team should shift away from it's bombs away from 3 technique a bit and be a little bit more well rounded.
     
  2. jgisland

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    Well, so...a team that plays to CU's kryptonite in game one....
     
  3. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Tad did a good job of scheduling a variety of styles in the non-con to get the team prepared for the Pac-12 and beyond.

    We need two things to happen if we're going to sweep the early season: hit jumpers to zone bust and make pack lines pay + stop allowing one guy to go off with the game of his life at Coors.
     
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    I can't imagine Nance will be cleared to play by then. He tore his ACL a couple of weeks after Spencer tore his. Still, Wyo in Laramie is always tough. I'm not sure how much Georgia brings back, but that will be tough as well. I'm hoping for a 9-1 non-con run with a sweep as a possibility.
     
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    Still think Auburn will do better than people think. KT Harrell can ball (I'm very familiar with him as he's a UVA transfer) and Pearl has hit the transfer market for a few nice pieces.

    Wyoming on the road scares the **** out of me. But one of these times we have to win there, right?
     
  6. Darth Snow

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    Not with our new offense!

    Ugh, hope they come out dialed in and ready to make a statement.
     
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    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    As an aside, I hope Goose is getting the rep thanks he should be for this (and the ones that will follow). Once again, AllBuffs will have the most comprehensive season preview and discussion by a mile. This forum is exceptional. Thank you, Goose.
     
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    :nod: Much rep given, more rep to give as this progresses.

    The ESPN insider preview won't touch what Allbuffs can do.
     
  10. Goose

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    Georgia's going to be solid. You'll see their preview tomorrow, but that one is a potential loss (especially being on the road).

    That said, 9-1/8-2 needs to be the expectation. The non-conf is just enough challenge to make us sweat without hitting us (hopefully) with any bad losses.

    But there's always a Texas Southern game that people never expect that scares the **** out of you...
     
  11. absinthe

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    yeah there are a numebr of places we could trip up, if we come back as the 1ppp team we saw at times late last year it could be a bumpy non-con while we get things to gel.
     
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    Scott, Wes, & XJ need to beast on Drexel's weak front court. Their sense of urgency earl on will be a deciding factor.
     
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    I have a feeling that nance is going to play this year in all the games (if they let him). He's too much of a competitor not to.

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    @ Wyoming is potentially the toughest game in the non-conference schedule. They will likely sit in a 2-3 zone and make us stand around. And there crowd will be going nuts all game. Josh Adams and Riley Grabau are Colorado kids and they would love to show Boyle what he is missing out on. You know both kids would have loved to be Buffs. Derek Cooke Jr is a stud, and obliviously Nance is a player. I expect Wyoming to be a tournament team this year winning almost every game at home, besides our game :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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