|The Ducks swarmed an under-performing bunch of Buffaloes. From: the Register Guard.|
I talked about Chris Boucher in my preview, and how his foul-limited 15 minutes of action in the Boulder leg artificially cut into Oregon's overall performance on the road. Given a full 35-minutes in this one, he controlled much of the action. Only seven points scored, but he also tallied 12 rebounds (helping UO trim CU's +14 rebounding margin in the first game down to only +4) and six blocks. Josh Scott and Wes Gordon each seemed to fear Boucher's lurking athleticism, even when he was away from the play. On a team of talented game changers, the JuCo transfer from tiny Northwest College in Wyoming may be the most unique. Oregon needed him as Dillon Brooks struggled, again, with foul trouble against CU, fouling out with only 10 points and a single rebound.
|Fortune and the Buffs struggled with the trapping zones and presses from Oregon. From: Seattlepi.com|
Colorado will now look to regroup in Corvallis. The goal of every road trip should be to at least get a split. Well, that's still on the table. It won't be easy, however. The Beavers still boast the league's single best all-around talent in Gary Payton II, defend their home court like madmen, and are coming off a big, Tournament-chances-boosting win over Utah. The Buffs are certainly capable of pulling off the upset, but will need to play very well in hostile territory to earn it. Can they right the ship, and return home with the much-needed split in Oregon? Dive into my preview to find out...
Hype Music for the Evening: "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire
Wednesday, Maurice White, a co-founder and lead singer of R&B super-group EWF, passed away. One of the most influential songwriters and performers of the 70s and 80s, he was a giant crossing multiple genres: R&B, Funk, Pop, Soul, and Jazz. In his honor, I present my favorite of the group's hits. Enjoy!
Tip-off from Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, OR is set for 6:30pm this evening. Televised coverage can be found on Pac-12 Networks, with the radio call coming over on 850 KOA.
For reference, my preview from the first game can be found here.
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