Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by Quattro, Mar 6, 2014.
Would be quite an accomplishment - period.
Winning road games is always tough. There was a time when CU basketball would have taken a decade to win 6 road games.
Amazing that the Buffs took another step forward on the road this season. Given the youth (and then losing Spencer), it would have been a year for regression. Building one hell of a strong program, guys.
Dammit we really are going to become a basketball school. ****.
Gordon is at a self professed 85%. Fletcher is starting to practice. As these guys heal, the team should only get stronger heading into tournament play. A win at Cal sets this team up to be mentally prepared as well.
Will Fletcher get any minutes? I was hoping to see him go into the Stanford game too.
I would hope these guys could get some quality minutes in the last game at Cal, and a few in the pac 12 tourney so that the team could play as a whole before the dance begins.
With a 1st round bye they could have 3 more games in the P12 tourney to gel as a team.
I like all the excitement, but I have to point out reality: With a win at Cal we would finish .500 on the road for the season, not league play. The best we can finish on the road in league play is .444, and that's if we win at Cal.
Regardless, a chance at getting a 4th league road win and 6th road win for the season is in another stratosphere from where the program was just 5+ years ago.
We've come a long way and we still have ways to go. That's okay
'11/12: 4 W 7 L (3 W 6 L conference play)
'12/13: 5 W 7 L (4 W 5 L conference play)
Not sure this year is really a breakout. Last year it seemed we turned a corner with 3 conference road wins in a row in Eugene, Corvallis and Palo Alto. Given our circumstances this year for Pac12 play, it wouldn't have been fair to expect more. I'm just not sure if we win at Cal it's a surefire sign our road play has changed for the better. It would be an encouraging springboard, no doubt.
This year's road play hasn't been breaking through. But it has been a progression even with the conference being better and deeper. Good sign.
If CU can consistently turn in no worse than a 4-5 road record in the Pac-12, the strength at home will put us in the Dance every year.
I'm going to drop this right here for everyone's reading please - Rialto, we don't miss you
[h=2] To this point, Boyle is an awful coach on the road [/h]
And 5-6 with the potential to go 6-6 is phenomenal any year, with everything that's gone down this year it's unbelievable.
This. Even with Spencer I would have been happy with 6-6 on the road. Truly impressive.
The old coach saying is .500 on the road and take care of your games at home
Seems like we are counting on a Win at Cal. I know they're tanking, but this will be senior night for them. It's a big game for them, too. I think this is a harder game than we are expecting.
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I think it will be a difficult game, but very winnable.
Cal is a desperate team at this point. This game makes me very nervous.
I know your nervous but you think Cal fans are too confident?
I couldn't care less about their fans. I care about Cobbs in his last home game, Solomon in his last home game, and Monty pulling out all stops with their tournament life on the line. We're not likely to see the dysfuncitional or disinterested version of Cal this weekend.
Solomon might be the conference MIP this year.
I don't see the progression. We are more likely to end up 3-6 which is below our own average the last two years.
And we got whipped pretty good vs Baylor and OSU on neutral courts.
There's some positives, but I think this one is a bit of a stretch.
Buffs are 5-5 in true road games this year and 3-5 in the Pac-12.
2012-13: 5-7 on the road (4-5 P12).
2011-12: 4-7 on the road (3-6 P12).
We did not regress this year and have a chance to turn in a repeat of conference road record. Despite the young team and all the injuries (plus a better/deeper Pac-12). Even if we lose, it's an overall progression.
So far, we haven't been as good at neutral sites this year. I'll give you that. We'll see if that changes as we enter the March Tadness neutral site games.
I get what you're saying here, but let's not forget about how well our senior night went ...
1. Difficulty went up.
2. Team got younger.
3. Team got injured early in conference play.
4. Still posted same or similar record on road.
conclusion: improvement, if not a lot of it.
Comparing the OOC neutral court games between last year and this year is an apples to oranges comparison though.
We were pretty mediocre in March neutral games last year, too.
The biggest progression to me is the way we've beaten the opponents we should, especially on the road. Road wins over Air Force, CSU, USC, Washington St, etc. are good signs. In prior years, we drop one if not two of those games.
I hope we meet UCLA in the pac 12 tourney. Sick of losing to those guys and there's no way they'll be as hot as they were last time out.
Very important (as it usually is) that we start strong at Cal. Cal's confidence is down and if we can punch them in the mouth early, they will have a "here we go again..." mentality.
It's like the UW game at home. Get out fast and coast to the win.
My initial OOC thought was we were going to go 1-2 in our big games (we did), but also lose a game we should win (Air Force, UCSB, Wyoming, CSU, etc).
It's so easy to forget that just a few seasons ago, 5 or 6 conference wins, TOTAL, would have been cause for celebration.
LOL I remember celebrating getting to the NIT Final Four.
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