|Tulo heads north of the border, and the Rox waive the white flag.|
Today in the bag, I'm talking the release of CU's non-conference schedule, an injury on the recruiting trail, and the 2015 Gold Cup.
Click below for the bag...
The non-conference slate is set -
Late last week, CU made known that they had completed the 2015 men's basketball non-conference schedule. The full schedule won't be 100% finalized until the Pac-12 gets around to marking up its half of the slate, but that's more of a formality at this point -- we know the travel pairings already, so this is it. Arriving a little earlier than expected (last year's didn't come out until well into August), the schedule dropped on a Friday afternoon (The West Wing's 'take out the trash day'), I think, so that it would take a while before anyone noticed how... underwhelming it is. Don't believe me? Take a look and see for yourself:
- 11/13 - vs Iowa State - Sioux Falls, SD
- 11/18 - @ Auburn - Auburn, AL
- 11/20 - vs Portland - Boulder, CO
- 11/22 - vs Nebraska-Omaha - Boulder, CO
- 11/25 - vs Air Force - Boulder, CO
- 11/29 - vs Northern Colorado - Boulder, CO
- 12/2 - vs Ft Lewis College - Boulder, CO
- 12/6 - @ CSU - Ft Collins, CO
- 12/12 - vs BYU - Boulder, CO
- 12/18 - vs Nicholls State - Boulder, CO
- 12/19 - vs Hampton - Boulder, CO
- 12/22-23 - Las Vegas Classic - Las Vegas, NV
It starts out fine enough. The Iowa State game, featuring a Cyclones team learning under a new head coach, is a lovely showcase game, and the sure-to-be nationally televised trip to the plains of Eastern Alabama will be tough follow-up challenge. After that, however, there's little to no meat on the bone among the games to be played in the Centennial State. A few of those games are contractual - i.e. tied to the Las Vegas Classic - but the remaining 'marquee' games against BYU and Air Force aren't nearly enough to get me excited in late July.
|Not a lot of heavyweights coming to the CEC this winter.|
Still, as 'soft' as the schedule looks to be at first glance, I am able to find four losses without much difficulty. I fully expect the squad to start out 0-2; a random home loss in December is never out of the question; and a trip up in the Fort or in Vegas would be far from surprising. Maybe, given that view, the easy wins against the UNO Mavericks and fucking Ft Lewis are necessary.
More on this when my season preview drops in early November. I should get started on that...
Cam Satterwhite injured -
The summer of ill-humor continues for the Colorado Basketball program. Following loosely on the heels of Xavier Johnson's torn Achilles, the future of the roster took a knock this past week as 2016 commitment Cameron Satterwhite went down with an as-of-yet undisclosed knee injury. At the time, Satterwhite was playing in Las Vegas as part of a summer AAU tournament, and came down awkwardly off of a dunk. The initial fears were of an ACL tear, but Cameron won't know for sure until the results of a forthcoming MRI are made known.
The timing is a dirty rotten shame, as Cam - the recruit with the best name since Spencer Dinwiddie - had been catching his groove on the AAU circuit. Throwing down wicked dunks and generally showing improved play, the lanky 6-3 guard prospect had been proving doubters wrong. See, back in February, Satterwhite's commitment came as a surprise to many. The word 'reach' was tossed around as a number of recruiting insiders scratched their heads at the move. Slowly, but surely, that narrative had been turning around. While nothing earth-shattering, analysts were passing along that they were now seeing some of the promise that Coach Boyle had seized upon.
|Satterwhite has been sidelined with a knee injury.|
To his end, Satterwhite promises to "...come back stronger than ever.' I certainly hope so, and continue to look forward to his days in Black and Gold. Get well soon, Cameron!
Gold Cup implodes around CONCACAF -
Where was Carli Lloyd when you need her?
The USMNT was a heavy favorite headed into the semi finals of the 2015 Gold Cup. Unfortunately, unlike their sisters on the World Cup stage, the men proved far less capable of reeling in the ultimate prize, twice stumbling on home soil. First, the stunner against Jamaica. Then, a follow through against Panama in the third place game. In both, the US struggled with the back line (big shock), and found themselves culpable of muting their own offensive attack. All-in-all, uncomfortable, questions-raising results; ones that allowed rival Mexico to steal through to the trophy, and force a play-in tilt for the right to appear in the 2017 Confederations Cup. *Blech*!
|Wha... wha happened?|
As it is, the Americans need to turn the ship around quickly, as the extended road to the 2018 World Cup starts this fall. There will be no excuses accepted for a failed qualifying campaign, so the summer hiccups better find their way into the rearview before then.
|Despite winning the Gold Cup, Herrera had a much worse week than Klinsmann.|
There's plenty you can say about CONCACAF. It's ass-backwards, corrupt, and a poor steward of the sport in a burgeoning region, etc. You can't say, however, that it's not entertaining. While the past few weeks weren't a particularly strong example of attractive futbol, it was sure-as-shit an engrossing display. So... kudos, I guess?