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San Francisco Wrap and 2014-15 CU vs Georgia Basketball Preview

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    Something is up with the usually defensive-minded Buffaloes. *While defensive rates are (mostly) on par with what we've seen with in the #RollTad era, the on-court play has been strikingly inconsistent. *A new-found tendency to switch on screens has everyone in Black and Gold confused, leaving opponents bizarrely wide open, and the rim, oftentimes, unprotected.

    This was on full display in the first half of Wednesday night's game with San Francisco, as CU's defense took on a Benny-Hill-ish tone. *Would-be defenders ran scrambling around, especially on transition, while numerous Dons got free releases to open space (including a number of runouts after missed shots, which nearly killed Tad). One possession even saw Josh Scott, Colorado's great post defender, lost (like a little puppy) some 30+ feet from the basket trying to defend a guard. *He looked as confused as those in the stands did. Capitalizing, San Fran would take the shambolic misadventures of the Buffs, and turn them into a 10-point lead at about the nine minute mark of the first half.
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    Tad was less than pleased with the defensive effort in the first half. *From: the BDC
    Luckily for CU, this did not turn into a repeat of the Wyoming debacle. *After a pair of first half timeouts (a rarity for Coach Boyle), the Buffs did a better job sticking with their assigned Dons, at least to the point that the run of broken possessions stopped. *They started forcing some turnovers, too, scoring 29 points off of 18 TOs for the evening. *From then on, it was a matter of reclaiming normalcy via the offense, which the Buffs did, climbing back to within two points at the break.

    In the second half, it was all about Askia Booker, who, if you're counting (and I am), has now produced three-straight efficient outings. *With Xavier Johnson out of the lineup with a hamstring tweak, CU needed someone to step up with the ball, and the lone scholarship senior was happy to oblige. *Booker would score 21 points on 8-12 shooting (5-6 from deep), leading the Buffs to a 72-55 win. *I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Colorado is unbeatable when Ski is going 5-6 from three point range.
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    #SkiSeason is starting to heat up! *From: the BDC
    Certainly, lapses like the second half against Wyoming and the first half against San Francisco are concerning, but not all is bad. *One of the big keys coming into this season was sharing the basketball, and the Buffs have been pretty good through six games. *They're 112th in the nation in assist:field goal ratio, which is a massive improvement over the 247th the team posted a year ago. *Since the trip north, where they couldn't generate anything on offense, CU is actually assisting on 64% of their made baskets, which is unheard of from #TadBall. *A positive reaction to the Laramie nightmare.

    Of course, that has all happened against some (mostly) underwhelming competition. *The lax portion of the schedule is about to come to an abrupt halt, however, as the team will now embark of their toughest pre-Hawai'i stretch. *First up: the Georgia Bulldogs, and the longest true road trip of the season.

    Tip-off from Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, GA is set for 10AM MT tomorrow. *Coverage is on the SEC network, which will finally give me reason to tune into that channel. *Station #s: Dish - 404, DirecTV - 611, Comcast (Boulder) - 706. *For those who can't figure that mess out, or don't otherwise get any of those, the radio call will be on 760 KKZN.
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    Something is up with the usually defensive-minded Buffaloes. *While defensive rates are (mostly) on par with what we've seen with in the #RollTad era, the on-court play has been strikingly inconsistent. *A new-found tendency to switch on screens has everyone in Black and Gold confused, leaving opponents bizarrely wide open, and the rim, oftentimes, unprotected.

    This was on full display in the first half of Wednesday night's game with San Francisco, as CU's defense took on a Benny-Hill-ish tone. *Would-be defenders ran scrambling around, especially on transition, while numerous Dons got free releases to open space (including a number of runouts after missed shots, which nearly killed Tad). One possession even saw Josh Scott, Colorado's great post defender, lost (like a little puppy) some 30+ feet from the basket trying to defend a guard. *He looked as confused as those in the stands did. Capitalizing, San Fran would take the shambolic misadventures of the Buffs, and turn them into a 10-point lead at about the nine minute mark of the first half.
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    Tad was less than pleased with the defensive effort in the first half. *From: the BDC
    Luckily for CU, this did not turn into a repeat of the Wyoming debacle. *After a pair of first half timeouts (a rarity for Coach Boyle), the Buffs did a better job sticking with their assigned Dons, at least to the point that the run of broken possessions stopped. *They started forcing some turnovers, too, scoring 29 points off of 18 TOs for the evening. *From then on, it was a matter of reclaiming normalcy via the offense, which the Buffs did, climbing back to within two points at the break.

    In the second half, it was all about Askia Booker, who, if you're counting (and I am), has now produced three-straight efficient outings. *With Xavier Johnson out of the lineup with a hamstring tweak, CU needed someone to step up with the ball, and the lone scholarship senior was happy to oblige. *Booker would score 21 points on 8-12 shooting (5-6 from deep), leading the Buffs to a 72-55 win. *I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Colorado is unbeatable when Ski is going 5-6 from three point range.
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    #SkiSeason is starting to heat up! *From: the BDC
    Certainly, lapses like the second half against Wyoming and the first half against San Francisco are concerning, but not all is bad. *One of the big keys coming into this season was sharing the basketball, and the Buffs have been pretty good through six games. *They're 112th in the nation in assist:field goal ratio, which is a massive improvement over the 247th the team posted a year ago. *Since the trip north, where they couldn't generate anything on offense, CU is actually assisting on 64% of their made baskets, which is unheard of from #TadBall. *A positive reaction to the Laramie nightmare.

    Of course, that has all happened against some (mostly) underwhelming competition. *The lax portion of the schedule is about to come to an abrupt halt, however, as the team will now embark of their toughest pre-Hawai'i stretch. *First up: the Georgia Bulldogs, and the longest true road trip of the season.

    Tip-off from Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, GA is set for 10AM MT tomorrow. *Coverage is on the SEC network, which will finally give me reason to tune into that channel. *Station #s: Dish - 404, DirecTV - 611, Comcast (Boulder) - 706. *For those who can't figure that mess out, or don't otherwise get any of those, the radio call will be on 760 KKZN.
    Click below for the preview...

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