|An intense Rex Walters brings his Dons to the CEC tonight.|
Of those still there, the best are forwards Kruize Pinkins and Mark Tollefsen. The junior Tollefsen is a dynamic threat, capable of playing almost every position on the court with his 6-9 frame. He's long, athletic, and a good shooter. Pinkins, a 6-7 senior, will be more attached to the paint than Tollefsen, but can also stretch out to the perimeter. Combined, they average 32/13 each night. Big 6-10, 242 lb transfer center Darrell Robertson will also feature up front.
|Tollefsen is a high flyer.|
After weeks of playing games against teams with a perimeter focus, tonight's against San Francisco will be a different story. The Dons possess a strong front line, and are more than willing to lean on them throughout 40 minutes of action. To-date, they're only allowing 40% shooting on all 2-point attempts, and take over 55% of their shots at the rim (best in the country, at the moment). They're also a good rebounding team, easily the best that has come to the CEC this season. San Fran has been particularly strong on the defensive glass, where they've been cleaning up over 75% of all missed-shots. Sure, a factor of who they've played compared to their size, but that's not an outlier, compared to recent years. Generally, they're a tough team inside the paint, a reality that will push the Buffs this evening.
|Good forwards, like Pinkins, will make life in the paint difficult for the Buffs.|
I think the Buffs will struggle with this one. This is a forward-focused roster, meaning Colorado's best players will be in focus, both offensively and defensively, tonight (assuming the guards can get them the ball...). If the Dons can come in, and prove to be effective up front (checking that front-line strength), it could make for a nervous evening. I think the game hinges on Wes Gordon, who practically sleep-walked through portions of the Lipscomb game. His effort on the offensive glass and defending San Francisco's versatile forwards will be vital. The Buffs should still win, but Gordon will go a long way to defining the timbre.
Tip-off from the CEC is set for 8pm this evening. Coverage can be found on Pac-12 Networks, for those without tickets. The radio call, with no football to compete against, is back on 850 KOA.
GO BUFFS! PROVE ME RIGHT, AND BEAT THE DONS!