I honestly just don't know what everyone expected last night. If you ask me, I was pleasantly surprised. Tad's game plan last night was perfect if you ask me. The team had phenomenal ball movement, and I thought the defensive scheme was pretty damn smart (I'm not thrilled about the Wes & DT guarding Kyle Anderson part, but he didn't burn us too badly, so obviously the risk was worth it). I thought the bench was great. Ignore the shooting numbers at the end there, and that was one of XT's best games in a long time. He looked solid on D, he looked aggressive on offense. He finished 2-of-7, but I'm willing to say that 3 of those shots came in the last 90 seconds when we were jacking things up. DT was the most aggressive I'd seen him in months. If he can keep that up, it'll help a lot. Eli even played some solid ball. He had an ugly shot at the end of the game, but I'm willing to overlook that. He looked like the player he was pre-Kansas last year, which is what we need from him. Ski & Josh were phenomenal. Jelly did what he's done all year, only slightly better. That's what we need. He was great. As for Ski, I honestly don't know what you can say. He shot great shots, he was efficient, and he kept the team rolling. Will he shoot 70% the rest of the season? Hell no. But there's no reason to think that Ski can't help carry us in the backcourt. XJ, JHop & Wes did not have the best games. And they know it. XJ is bothered by the knee, so I'm willing to give him a little bit of a pass, but he's the guy we need to step up. He has the talent, he's done it before, he'll do it again. Wes... was bad. He was just bad. And he knows it. JG made a great point on the drive home that his rebounding numbers were bound to suffer as he was guarding UCLA's PG, but he didn't look great on D (that was a bad matchup for him) and he struggled on O. As long as he can go back to playing great D and rebounding, I'm fine with this. As for JHop, I actually had a feeling this game may be coming. I said something pre-game to Rugged about how I could see him forcing too much to try to prove that he was ready to fill Spencer's shoes, and that's exactly what he did. He tried to do too much. And you know what, we're gonna have 3-4 games like that from him the rest of this season. But we're also going to have 3-4 games where he DOES fill Spencer's shoes and shows why Tad is convinced he's a future star. And Tad's not wrong on this one. I guess I'm just struggling to see why everyone is so down on this game. We had the #25 team in the nation, a team that's a matchup nightmare for the Buffs and a team that CU has NEVER BEATEN IN PAC-12 PLAY coming in to our gym 4 days after our best player and a key bench reserve went down for the season. We hung with them through ~30-35 minutes before they pulled away late. What part of this is surprising? Why is everyone so down all of a sudden on this? The Buffs are going to win Saturday. They're going to lose next week in both Arizona and Arizona State. But they're going to come together. We're not going to know what we have on this team until Saturday, February 1st when we host Utah. By that point, things will have settled, guys will have figured things out, and the staff will have put things together. This isn't going to be the dream season we thought it was going to be. It's going to be ugly. It's going to be #TadBall. It's going to be B1G basketball. And instead of the drama of "will we be a top 4 seed?" on Selection Sunday, we're going to be nervous about even making the tournament. But this team will figure it out, and they will be dancing. And I'm really hoping that everyone just sits back and realizes that the next two weeks are a new training camp, and we need to be patient. We don't know a lot about this team right now. We will on February 2nd. Wait until then to decide what's going on.