Sure, there's a good argument to be made that this is just the natural progression of a young team and, if Spencer was there, we'd have an absolute juggernaut. And that may be true. But the point I'm making is that the team has adjusted on offense. They're moving the ball well and taking good shots. As we saw against UCLA, though, where this team is missing Spencer the most is on defense. With as good as the guards are in the Pac-12, I'm not sure we fully appreciated having a guy at guard who was a near shutdown defender when he drew a big assignment. For example, Arizona's Nick Johnson was always held in check by Spencer when they matched up. That's missing right now. Maybe tonight was a sign that the defense is coming around too, though. The competition makes it an asterisk performance, but the Buffs defended the perimeter well and held USC under 40% shooting for the game (about 32% in the 2nd half). If they can keep playing offense like they have lately and also have the defense come together, we're going to need to raise our expectations again. Especially with Fletch likely to come back this week and Wes getting himself healthy. The potential of winning the Pac-12 tourney is still there. The potential of advancing past the 1st weekend of the Dance is still there. We need to get our asses in the stands on Wednesday night for that 9pm tipoff and support this team. Beating ASU would validate so much of what is starting to happen and position the Buffs for the finish they need. Fans need to do our part to give the best possible home court advantage.