Alabama beats Miami to advance to NIT semi-finals - We now know that CU will face the tough Alabama Crimson Tide Tuesday evening in NYC. Last night the Tide pressed a frazzled Miami Hurricanes to death to win comfortably 79-64. It was an impressive defensive victory as they held Miami to 40% shooting, 13% from behind the arc, and forced 18 big turnovers. The heavy use of the full-court press allowed Alabama to grab 29 points off of those turnovers, and they kept 'Canes at arms reach all night long.
|'Bama just blew past Miami last night, looking comfortable all night long. From: The Tuscaloosa News|
Wichita St will play Washington St in the other final. Should CU slip by Alabama, they could end up playing in another Pac-12 preview game.
Seein' Chauncey in the Garden - When CU is trying to break that press of Alabama, they'll have at least one famous New York resident cheering them on. Thorburn announced in the Camera today that hoops-father Chauncey Billups will be able to attend the semi-final game, and even the final should CU win Tuesday night. This is a big boost for the players, as Chauncey had been a visible positive influence on the program when he was playing for the Nuggets and catching games court-side at the CEC.
|The Buffs will get to see Chauncey again in NYC|
Naming rights for Folsom - In non-basketball news, one the most interesting development in off-field Buff-stuff was the "leaking" of the possibility of Frontier Airlines purchasing naming rights to Folsom Field. Starting with a picture taken by Allbuffs poster GoldenBuff that clearly showed one of the jumbotrons in Folsom displaying "Welcome to Frontier Stadium," it was later confirmed by the Camera that CU AD Mike Bohn is actively discussing a naming rights deal. The Camera speculates that the deal could be worth up to $1 million annually.
|It's not often that a message board gets to scoop a daily newspaper. Congrats GoldenBuff!|
Additionally, something like "Frontier Stadium" isn't as garish a possibility as some of the newer naming rights deals have been, most notably "Papa John's Cardinal Stadium" in Louisville. Frontier Airlines is a semi-local company, who has been an advertising partner with CU for a long time, so what I'm saying is it could be worse and it's only a name. It won't change the heart and character of the stadium, and I don't think Fred Folsom would mind if the money was put back into the program.
In the words of Steve Miller, "take the money and run."