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USA Today predicts a 5-seed for the Buffs

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  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    PATH TO THE DANCE: Pac-12 at-large bid.
    PROJECTED TOURNEY SEED: No. 5 seed.

    TEAM STRENGTH/WEAKNESS: This Buffaloes will be long, versatile and athletic. Boyle has a lot of players who can play multiple spots. If 6-9 sophomore forward Wesley Gordon (5.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and 6-6 sophomore guard Jaron Hopkins (4.8 ppg) can improve and take on increased roles, Colorado will have plenty of weapons to improve on an offense (72.4 ppg) that ranked ninth in the Pac-12 last season. There needs to be more of a commitment on the defensive end, Boyle said. The glass will be an area of strength, where the Buffs ranked 16th in rebounding margin (5.9).

    Read more (lots of good stuff)... http://www.usatoday.com/story/sport...basketball-countdown-no-18-colorado/17251567/
     
  2. InTheBuff

    InTheBuff Club Member Club Member

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    oooo the dreaded 5/12 game
     
  3. wyobuff

    wyobuff Well-Known Member

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    Indeed. Keep in mind though, usually we are usually the low seed in those games.....this could be a special season, even without spencer.
    I occasionally daydream about what the team would have been like had alec, dre (and now spencer) would have stayed all 4 years. Alec's senior year would have been redic.
     
  4. jcatcher

    jcatcher Club Member Club Member

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    That guy's got some serious love for Askia Booker. "Sleeper All-American" I've never heard that said about Ski before. I think he's in for a big year, but not that big.
     
  5. rolandftw

    rolandftw Club Member Club Member

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    I could see that high of seed. Just need some kind of stability at the guard positions.
     
  6. wyobuff

    wyobuff Well-Known Member

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    Agreed. Our front court is probably going to eat people alive this year (barring injuries) it's the guard play that i'm concerned with.
     
  7. CVilleBuff

    CVilleBuff Club Member Club Member

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    Hope to be at least a 7.
     
  8. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    I just hope to make the dance. I have very low expectation this year.
     
  9. L Buff

    L Buff Commissar of the Albuffs Collective Left Club Member

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    Pourquoi? :huh:
     
  10. CVilleBuff

    CVilleBuff Club Member Club Member

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    We held the line in Pac12 play minus Spencer and got an 8 last season. I agree making the Dance should always be valued no matter what, but there's no reason we can't take a step forward this season.
     
  11. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    I think we got that 8 because of Spencer not despite him. I think we are a .500 conference team until they prove me otherwise.
     
  12. CVilleBuff

    CVilleBuff Club Member Club Member

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    Not so sure about that. Kansas obviously helped our seeding, but counting UW, we played 18 games minus Spencer heading into the Dance. Can't ride completely ride coattails for 2/3 of a season.
     
  13. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    The pac12 tourney made all the difference but they were a serious bubble team before that and they were only a bubble team because of Spencer.
     
  14. CVilleBuff

    CVilleBuff Club Member Club Member

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    I think it's a mistake to assume we'll be a carbon copy of post-SD injury Buffs of last season. I have my questions about some guys, but as a whole, this is going to be a better team than the Buffs of last March. Our front court is no joke. If Josh, XJ and Wes are even marginally improved we'll be better than a 9-9 Pac team even if the backcourt ends up being the worst-case scenario. I'm hardly expecting 15-3 here, but 9-9 is selling us short in this Pac12.
     
  15. FLounder

    FLounder The Buffs will rise again! Club Member

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    I expect 14-4
     
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    tante Club Member Club Member

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    I haven't looked closely as to how our schedule will break against the Pac 12, but I am expecting something closer to a 9-9 (I see 11 wins) finish over anything else. I want to see if we have any kind of offense. I want to see if we start playing tad defense and I really want to see if the blueprint to beat us by doubling Scott is finally busted before I make any predictions.

    Right now Arizona and Utah are both better than us and I don't know if we can beat UCLA yet.

    I guess I am cautiously optimistic until we stay playing.
     
  17. CVilleBuff

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    We'll likely lose 1 or 2 home games. Say we lose 1, that means 6-3 on the road against: Utah, Arizona, Arizona St, USC, UCLA, Oregon, Oregon St, Washington, Washington St.

    Arizona, UCLA and Utah are likely losses. Do we win in both Seattle and Eugene and avoid a potential land mine like USC? Doubt it.

    So we'd either go undefeated at home (difficult no matter who you are) or win every swing road game.
     
  18. FLounder

    FLounder The Buffs will rise again! Club Member

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    Yes
     
  19. CVilleBuff

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    My early guess is 11-12 (I count 12 but subtracted 1 for potential homerism)

    also, love what Krystkowiak is doing at Utah but I'm not ready to just move aside and let them jump us just yet. Let's see how they handle the big time instead of sneaking up on people during an afternoon matinee. Given that they're our partner, we should be right with them in the standings nearly all season.
     
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  20. rolandftw

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    I think we need 12 conference wins to really take a step forward. The Pac should be down this year. Arizona will be great, Utah should be a tournament team. UCLA/Stanford have a lot of youth but the potential is there. We're better then Cal and Washington, and the rest of the conference there should be a fairly sizable gap in talent.

    If CU goes 6-1 against the have nots of the Conference, they would only have to go 6-5 in the rest of their conference games. Need to take care business against the teams that we should beat, and 12 wins is very manageable. Anything less then that seems like an underachievement to me, unless I am just underestimating how deep this conference is.
     
  21. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    7-2 at the Keg and 5-4 on the road for 12 wins in-conference is a very reasonable expectation to put on this team.

    Tad's probably set his sights on 9-0 / 6-3.
     

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