1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

ESPN's Season Preview Ranks CU 2nd

Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by wyobuff, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. wyobuff

    wyobuff Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2013
    Messages:
    1,589
    Likes Received:
    54
    Emphasis mine on booker - totally agree with this. The guy seems to really step it up in big games (I think he's been the leading scorer in all 3 tourney games in the last 2 years), but for some reason just cant always get it done on the road.

    Edit: Forgot link http://insider.espn.go.com/mens-col...atop-pac-12-power-rankings-college-basketball
     
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2013
  2. Daaah

    Daaah Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2007
    Messages:
    17,462
    Likes Received:
    1,059
    2nd in what? Got a link?
     
  3. CarolinaBuff

    CarolinaBuff Weekend Poster Club Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2006
    Messages:
    18,651
    Likes Received:
    523
    Yea that can't be 2nd nationally
     
  4. Pale Ale

    Pale Ale Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2008
    Messages:
    1,184
    Likes Received:
    109
  5. NW Buff

    NW Buff Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2007
    Messages:
    7,124
    Likes Received:
    741
    Without seeing the insider stuff, you can see what they have about Arizona (who is ranked 1st). I find it interesting that we are that well regarded in the rankings but there is almost no mention of the Buffs in shootaround. They get mentioned in the lists where all of the teams are mentioned but not in the other discussion areas. I think that's a good sign since it doesn't sound like they have a lot of questions around the team for the year (just high expectations).
     
  6. Quattro

    Quattro Banned BANNED Club Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2010
    Messages:
    26,503
    Likes Received:
    761
  7. jgisland

    jgisland Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2007
    Messages:
    2,468
    Likes Received:
    471
    I think it's important to note that Miles Simon wrote this preview. He saw/was announcing in Charleston last year where Booker lit it up, Simon has been high on him sense.
     
  8. CVilleBuff

    CVilleBuff Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2010
    Messages:
    19,527
    Likes Received:
    1,610
    Road games are the key if you want to win a conference. There's plenty of decent teams that win the vast majority at home but can't win on the road. You want to give yourself a great shot to win the Pac, you go 6-3 on the road.
     
  9. BuffTE41

    BuffTE41 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2012
    Messages:
    301
    Likes Received:
    10
    Man everyone is down on Askia. It was a sophomore slump, he's going to have a huge year.
     
  10. rolandftw

    rolandftw Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2012
    Messages:
    1,701
    Likes Received:
    52
    I agree, although think CU did all right on the road. Had 4 wins, and should have had 5. The two home losses are more of a disappoint to me, then our road performance. Hold serve at home, play around .500 on the road, and CU would have a great chance to win the conference.
     
  11. CVilleBuff

    CVilleBuff Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2010
    Messages:
    19,527
    Likes Received:
    1,610
    We did well given our situation last year, improved from 3-6 the previous year to 4-5 last year (5-4 in reality of course), but there's a ton of room for improvement. Those Utah, Washington and Arizona State games still make me shudder. Add in that OOC abomination at Wyoming, and we've got a ways to go to be playing with poise on the road and consistently winning. I don't care how we win on the road, just win, but christ we made it ugly last year.

    It's hard for me to ever expect us to go undefeated in conference play at home. It should be a goal and it can happen, but it's often the nature of the beast of a 35 game basketball season where you have one of those nights where you are just off and drop one. The killer last year was dropping that 2nd home loss to ASU.

    That early game at Colorado State will be very telling to see how this team will be able to handle the road games this year once conference play comes around.
     
  12. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2005
    Messages:
    10,562
    Likes Received:
    1,548
    Agreed.
     
  13. CUFan

    CUFan Welcome back Club Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2010
    Messages:
    6,963
    Likes Received:
    470
    If that happens, we could see something special this year.
     
  14. Shldr2Shldr

    Shldr2Shldr Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2011
    Messages:
    16,848
    Likes Received:
    5,003
    I have to contain my excitement for this season, but man could it be special. Possibly even historic for our university.
     
  15. rolandftw

    rolandftw Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2012
    Messages:
    1,701
    Likes Received:
    52
    I agree that our road play has huge room for improvement. A 6-3 road record and a more fluid offense, would certainly be a step towards CU contending for a regular season conference title. At the same time, the teams that usually win conferences, rarely lose at home. Of the 9 best conferences, 10/12 teams that won at least a share of a conference title, finished with 0 or 1 home conference loss. Running the table is probably unrealistic, but losing at home should be very rare for CU. All 3 of our home losses last year were the 2nd game of a home stand.

    To me, that screams of a team that was immature and overconfident. Hopefully this year, that is not the case, as an 8-1 or 9-0 home record in conference would really go a long way for CU taking the next step from "bubble team" to "top 25 team."
     
  16. sackman

    sackman Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2005
    Messages:
    48,531
    Likes Received:
    4,519
    I think 6-3 on the road is absolutely possible. Maybe even 7-2. This is a really good team. Not many holes.
     
  17. jgisland

    jgisland Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2007
    Messages:
    2,468
    Likes Received:
    471
    Let's not forget how difficult it is to win on the road. Road teams win conference games 38% of the time. Tad has a 41.17% record on the road at CU in conference games. UCLA won the regular season last year and went 6-3 on the road. Cal, Oregon and Arizona all went 5-4. National Champion Louisville also went 6-3 on the road in conference games.

    If you look at our road conference schedule there are only 3 games that I would say CU "should win", they are the Wazzu, USC and Utah, everything else is a toss up. And it's usually a given that you drop at least 1 of the games that you "should win" (Utah last year).

    Jan. 8-12 at Washington
    at Washington State

    Jan. 22-26 at Arizona,
    at Arizona State

    Feb. 12-17 at USC,
    at UCLA

    Feb. 26-Mar. 2 at Utah

    Mar. 4-8 at California
    at Stanford

    If they go .500 I'll be more than happy.
     
  18. CVilleBuff

    CVilleBuff Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2010
    Messages:
    19,527
    Likes Received:
    1,610
    Road in college basketball is nasty. I'm just stating to realistically win the conference, 6-3 on the road is probably what it takes unless you take the undefeated at home and 5-4 on the road route. I would be ecstatic with 6-3, but I do not expect it. 5-4, however, I do expect given where we stand this year.
     
  19. wyobuff

    wyobuff Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2013
    Messages:
    1,589
    Likes Received:
    54
    I agree that the road is a tough place to play, but I think we can do pretty well there this year. They showed some true stones on the OR road trip in 2012/2013, unlike the year before where they let an opening round bye in the p12 tourney dribble down their legs because they lost 3 of the last 4.
    i'm hoping for 5-4 or 6-3 this year, and would be happy with anything better than that.
     

Share This Page