|Uh oh, here comes Wyo.|
At least in the last two meetings, it's been because they were able to out-work the Buffs on both sides of the ball. Driven by bullish power forward Leonard Washington, the Cowboys pushed around the wilting Buffs through two upset victories over Tad Boyle's much more heralded squads. Big Leonard roughed CU up for 38/14 over the two games, and set a physical tone for play that the Buffs were never able to match. Thank the basketball gods that Washington is gone and graduated, never to torment Colorado again.
|CU is glad to have Leonard Washington in their rear-view.|
If there's any hope that Colorado can shake their Cowboy Curse tonight, it rests in the fact that the heart of the Wyoming roster from the last two seasons is gone. Key stars like Washington, Luke Martinez, and Derrious Gilmore are graduated, and with them much of the institutional memory that ground CU into powder. They're much more guard oriented now, without the interior strength of previous seasons. That's not my way of saying that the Cowboys no longer have the talent to pose a threat - quite the contrary, in fact.
|Luke Martinez aint coming through that door.|
In contrast, the front lines have been wracked by roster turnover. Almost alone upfront, Larry Nance, Jr is the only remaining serious threat in the post. Nance, the son of a former NBA star, enjoyed a solid 14/7 game against the Buffs last December, and is looking to live up to the legacy of the departed Washington. He won't be enough on his own, however, and the Cowboys will need someone else to step up in the box.
The change up front is enough of a reason for me to feel that CU should break their Cowboy Curse this evening. There's a cautious side of me that looks at the series history, and freaks out with Wyoming coming to town, but, this isn't the same bunch of Cowboys that has taken the Buffs out behind the woodshed. They're a team in transition, and, at home, Colorado should find a way to win.
Tip-off from the CEC is set for 7pm this evening. No Bronco game excuses, I expect a full stadium to greet the Buffs when they charge out of the tunnel. Coverage for those who can't make it can be found on Pac-12 Networks, with the radio coverage on 850 KOA.
GO BUFFS! PROVE ME RIGHT, AND BEAT THE COWBOYS!