It's hard, then, to reconcile the fact that Colorado managed to beat the UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos, 76-68. Talent does, occasionally, manage to carry undeserving teams to victory, and that was the case here.
That's not to say the Buffs were completely out of sorts tonight. Lead by Spencer Dinwiddie's 24-point performance, many in white had nice offensive stat lines. While Josh Scott didn't score for the first 35 minutes of the game, others stepped up, and, in general, Colorado did enough with the ball in their hands. It certainly doesn't hurt that CU was 28-36 from the free throw line, while the Gauchos were only 5-8. The refs and an often times awkward whistle had a hand in victory.
|Those begging for 'the Mayor' to take charge got what they have been asking for Thursday. From: the BDC.|
The simple truth is that the Buffs have run out of time. The mental lapses, indecision, and 'lackadaisical' play that defined much of the opening six games will only bring them losses from here on out. They're largely lucky to be 5-1, but luck and talent alone won't be enough against teams like Harvard (Sunday) and Kansas (two weeks). Without some changes, and quick ones at that, the Buffs are in trouble.