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Game Report

Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by jcatcher, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. jcatcher

    jcatcher Club Member Club Member

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    Just got home from the CEC. In a word, good. I didn't see anything bad nor anything great. They blew out an inferior team, which is not something that they have been doing in recent years.

    Starters were Spencer, Askia, Sabatino, Dre and Josh Scott. Four of the freshmen played, and all got good minutes. The other two were in street clothes so likely redshirting. This team is loaded at guard for years to come. The Mayor and Ski looked as good as ever and both can play the point. Stazler came in in the first half and didn't look like a freshman. He handled the ball well and hit a three pointer. Talton also looked good. I didn't expect to see him on the floor. Josh Scott is going to be the next great player for the Buffs. Good post moves and shoots with either hand. He got some nice boards and hit a ton of free throws. X Johnson also was active on the boards. Just a great athlete. Sabatino Chen hit a three pointer (also air-balled one) and played some surprisingly good defense. Other than a couple of lapses and some weak perimeter defense at the end of the game, the D was very good. Lots of blocks and steals.

    Overall a really positive first game. It looks like the refs are being told to call moving screens this year. Bad news for Michigan State, AKA Moving Screen U.
     
  2. Tractor

    Tractor Club Member Club Member

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    God, recapping wins is so much more fun! This is my long recap, coming from a perspective of somebody who's only a BBall fan because we're so bad at football.
    Keep that in mind:


    Of the freshmen, I was most excited to see Wesley Gordon play. Hearing that he's redshirting disappointed me.

    The Students were GREAT! They filled the place up, and were there EARLY! That was awesome, and I hope that continues. They were great. Way to go students. Us old folks showed up late, and didn't make the place look like a sell out. That said, it was a pretty good atmosphere in there. Especially, prior to the game. You could feel the excitement in the building. This is going to be a fun year.

    As for the team, I was really excited about our defense. They probably attempted <10 shots in the paint, and we blocked 2 of them. It was nasty down low, and we weren't letting them in. I thought our defense was great. We gave up a few offensive rebounds, but for the most part, I thought we were working hard on defense. After hearing about how defense was our weakness, I wasn't expecting this kind of opening night either. Kudos to our Buffs.

    The Mayor had the biggest impact of anybody on our team. He was outstanding. MVP of the game for me. Makes shots, without taking many. Terrific defense. I feel like he blocked 3 outside shot attempts in one game. Also just ripped a ball away from some guy from behind as he was going up for a shot. Finished with a dunk. What a mismatch on those small PGs. Also, great passing. He had a sick bounce pass on the break in the beginning of the game. No big mistakes I can think of, missed a few FTs. If he plays like that all year, I could see him thinking about the NBA draft. Not afraid to drive into contact. Not only is he talented, but he hustles. In the second half, the game was not in doubt, one of their guys took a shot that was an airball. May have been partially blocked by Chen (I think) or may have just been a terrible shot. Everybody's watching it bounce out of bounds and the Mayor comes out of nowhere and dives for it and tips it back to one of our guys. Gotta love that! Probably my most favorite play of the night. Leader! Thank God it was only a cramp when he went down. I thought it was his knee or something....PHEW.

    Askia is a pretty good starter. He's one of only 2 guys I think can get his own shot. He can make something happen, get around some guy and get a pretty good look. Still misses a lot of shots though. But I still feel confident when he puts it up, so I guess that's good. One thing I don't like about him is that he seems to get caught up in screens when he's playing defense. He seems to be a liability on defense still. I felt that way last year, and was hoping he would improve. Man can he jump. He looks like he can get up like 5 feet in the air.

    The only other guy on our team that can make something for himself is Josh Scott. Firstly, he looks like he's 35 years old. Big guy. I thought he had a "quiet" highest scorer on the team night. Kind of like how I thought Andre would have quiet nights in the last couple years, then see that he had 14 rebounds. But it is sweet to see us just pitch the ball down there and let him work. It's AWESOME that he's a good free throw shooter because we're probably gonna see him on the line a lot. Felt that "Jelly" nickname on his "fast break." He got a pass from Askia after Andre made that sweet block, and it was the slowest attack of the basket I've seen in a while. But he got fouled and make some FTs. He also had a great pass to Chen for an easy lay-up in the second half. Nice to know he can pass from down low too.

    Speaking of passing from down low, SHT looked pretty good all things considered. If he doesn't have to run, or move his feet quickly, he's got some...dare I say sneaky...plays. I actually like when he catches the ball with his back to the basket. He didn't do the SHT bounce pass to a cutter, which I always assumed was his only move. He's added moves to his game. It starts with the head nod, to clear out whoever's right in front of him. But seriously, he actually took some shots, had some step through plays. I chuckled every time he did something, but I thought he was surprisingly affective offensively. He was also present on defense. Just as long as he doesn't have to move. He still needs to work on defensive positioning for rebounds, but I thought he played well. Actually, I bet his play is why Tad's thinking he can RS Wesley Gordon.

    The freshman I was most impressed with was Xavier Johnson (#2). Dude was EVERYWHERE! Hustled. Played good defense. Rebounding machine. Super springy. Got the easiest first college bucket ever when Wofford forgot to defend him. He reminded me of Andre Roberson a little bit. Good defense. Excited to watch him for a few years.

    Eli Stalzer was pretty fun to watch. This probably isn't a compliment, but his picture makes me think of Dana Holgorsen. He looks like he's about 40 and a degenerate gambler. From what I heard about him, I was worried he would play Bball like I would. (Keep in mind, I'm 5-9 190, and white. I thought he'd be a passer 100% of the time, with all kinds of wacky passes. He had one play where he received the ball high for some reason and immediately did a cool bounce pass to somebody in the paint. I thought that was neat. But I was most excited that he can shoot. He's not gonna be taking 15 shots a game, but he'll make shots. Defenses are gonna have to remember that, and stay honest against him. Still getting used to defending at this level, but I'm glad he's on our team.

    Super Ninchendo had a super Ninchendo game. Good defense, I think he blocked a shot or 2 as well. I don't mind him being a starter for now. As XJ improves, I bet we'll see him to finish games instead of Ninchendo. Had a steal and a 10 second violation to start the second half that was pretty awesome. Made a 3, and also had some other bad shots. Stuck his nose in there for rebounds. Hair looked great too.

    Xavier Talton. He came in, and made a great defensive play breaking up an entry pass. Went screaming down the court with the ball. He made me say "Who is that guy?" and grab my program. He then skidded out. He reminded me of a puppy. Running all over the place, happy to be out there, but not really sure where to go or what to do. But he sure does go places quickly.

    And then there's Andre Roberson. I wasn't really buying the "look out, he's improved his offensive game" because I bought it last year. He was a complete non-factor in the first half. If I had to guess his first half stats, it would be 2 ish rebounds. That's it. Maybe they were staying away from him on offense, and actively trying to prevent him from doing anything when we were on offense, but I felt he had no impact on the game in the first half. It's pretty cool that he was still out there to do the opening tip (but he missed the ball there too) instead of our massive all everything NBA bound center. The second half was better for him. I think we did some stuff to purposefully get him involved. He had a sweet Lebron-esque trailing block that led to a fast break the other way. Never saw his help defense block, which is unfortunate. I love those. Got some steals and rebounds in the second half. But he is not going to beat anybody off the dribble, he's not gonna be a spot up 3 point shooter, he's probably not a face up offensive player, and he's not a back to the basket offensive player. He's a offensive rebound, putback, easy dunk type of player for offense. BTW, I hate the way he drives. He dribbles the ball once, then tucks it under his arm like a football and takes 2 big steps, then tries to get it out from that tuck and transition it up for a shot. Looks ridiculous. But if things go as planned, we won't need him to score 15 points a game. But I think we will need him to be getting 15 rebounds a game. Keep working hard Andre. You're a physical freak! I'm only on you tonight because you're a hoss.

    Tad Boyle is a God among men.

    Lastly, I try to get out of the CEC pretty quick after games so I can hear Mark Johnson give me the postgame recap and interviews right between the eyes. Whoever was the radio host for the post game SUCKED! Hopefully Mark Johnson wasn't there because he's still doing football.

    If you read this whole thing, you must have a slow day at work. Go Buffs!
     
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  3. RK

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    Mark called the game but had to leave right after to catch a flight to Arizona, don't worry.
     
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  4. BehindEnemyLines

    BehindEnemyLines beware the habu Club Member

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    thanx Tractor


    and btw, I'm not at work
     
  5. Jaximus

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    He said crap. Hehe.
     
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  6. Mick Ronson

    Mick Ronson Well-Known Member

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    we have a long tradition of sucky people on KOA for CU hoops.

    josh scott was the quiet scorer because he scored darn near all of them at the line. gotta like what you see. nice balance from us but let's call it like it is.

    we shot 30 FT's, Terriers shot 4 or something. are we good enough, rep enough, for outright homecooking? that's when you know you've arrived!
     
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  7. Ruckus

    Ruckus Peep my words. Club Member

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    Wofford shot 35ish 3 pointers. Not going to get to the line doing that. There wasn't any home cooking from the refs, IMO. They called it pretty tight all the way through.
     
  8. RK

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    The 5 moving screen calls in the first half was just stupid.
     
  9. Mick Ronson

    Mick Ronson Well-Known Member

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    my comment about home cooking was more about playing up our new home court advantage in a goofing it way. fooling around (and home life must be at Allen FH for example. but, that is quite a discrepancy.
     
  10. sliderNcider

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    Crowd-good not great
    Roberson-disappointing, and still not a threat from outside the paint
    Askia-he will be our leading scorer
    Scott- Super excited for him this year

    Wesley Gordon redshirting is disappointing:wtf:
     
  11. dply

    dply Doble hoja Club Member

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    It felt so good leaving campus with a victory.

    Thanks again to Goose, absinte, and AB for the tickets.

    BTW I saw someone that sits at those tables with their laptops on allbuffs during the game.
     
  12. jgisland

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    Scott may lead the team in scoring, Askia is a volume shooter, Scott is going to be a deadly assassin. You are going to look at the box score and be like wtf he had x amount of points.

    A couple things that haven't been addressed that I think are interesting.

    The spacing was atrocious on offense, this will get better, but several times there were 3 or 4 guys all bunched up on the block. SHT and XJ playing together could be good, if SHT can get the ball in the post and XJ can make cuts through the lane they will be effective b/c SHT can drop dimes, he showed it a little again last night.


    Tad didn't play units!!! He seemed to be trying several different lineups which was to be expected, but I hope we see more hybrid lineups and not the starters and a second unit.

    CU really took care of the ball, only turing it over on 15ish% of possessions.

    FT's, this was in a large part to Scott going 10-11 but CU shot 77.8% from the line. That huge improvement from early last year. They also got to the line a ton, their FTA/FGA was awesome, 76.6%, that shows they were being aggressive on offense and getting to the line.

    Offensive rebounding wasn't awesome, needs to get better with XJ and Dre on this team.
     
  13. sackman

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    The lack of offensive rebounds seemed to come from a lack of effort. They were going back on defense as opposed to trying for the offensive rebound.
     
  14. WasianCU

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    I thought XJ looked great this game. He seemed to be involved in every play and was busting it everytime; he really made things happen. SHT and Chen looked like they improved their game some from last season. It's great to see a big man like Scott inside with moves too. We got a little fast and sloppy in the second half for a bit but I can't wait to see what this team looks like in another month after playing a few more games together.
     
  15. torerobuff

    torerobuff Dancing is forbidden Club Member

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    That's not a lack of effort, that's a specific philosophy to get back and not allow easy looks in transition.
     
  16. Buffalo Brad

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    and it worked for them. We were not able to get the transition game working and it was really their only shot at staying in the game. They were not going to challenge our size so they had to throw up three's, hope they got hot and have CU go very cold. Wofford was well coached and played their scheme well. CU took care of business and if not for some sloppy play at the end we would have won by 20 plus. Nice job by the Buffs playing within their game for the first time out. That is a team would could have very easily lost to in past years.
     

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