|Josh had an excellent night, and moved to a perfect 4-0 record against his hometown school. From: Yahoo Sports|
Conversely, there were some issues defensively. No, the Falcons didn't get off the torrent of back-cuts that I was worried about, but they did get going from deep, draining 10-22 three point attempts. They also swiped 12 offensive rebounds, a number that is way to high against the rebound-minded and more athletically gifted Buffaloes. I just don't get the feeling that CU was all that into the action defensively, even after the UNO lesson, and could've had their wings singed a bit had their own shots not been falling. Overall the team did a good job limiting Falcon star Trevor Lyons (four points and two turnovers in 23 minutes), and there was no layup line to the basket like we saw last weekend, but it wasn't dramatically efficient, either.
|Oh, Tory. Not the kind of stories you want to see after a big win. From: USA Today.|
Anyways, with the Falcons behind them, the Buffs can now look forward to a visit from Northern Colorado on Sunday. The Bears were pretty well throttled in Boulder last year, allowing 1.52 points per possession to an offensively challenged CU squad. The final, 93-68, stands as one of the best offensive performances from the Buffs in recent memory, and I would expect something similar this Sunday. Much like last year, the Bears are a severely challenged defensive ballclub, allowing over an adjusted 1.17 ppp and an eFG over 63% through four games against D-1 competition. Unsurprisingly, they've lost all four of those tilts, with their most recent effort being a 20-point defeat to those damn UNO Mavericks that pushed CU so hard last weekend. Omaha put up 64 points in the first half alone, finishing with 105 total up in Greeley. Simply: UNC leaks like a sieve, and Colorado should be able to take advantage.
|Cameron Michael can fill it up. From: College Court Report.|
Look, there's always the chance that the Bears could come in and pull an Omaha (give the Buffs far more than they ready to deal with on a Sunday afternoon), but I just have a hard time seeing it. They haven't played a lick of defense this season, and aren't the kind of offensive club who can make up for it. Cameron Michael is a really nice piece, and could get red hot from deep, but the newcomers built around him just shouldn't be enough to trouble Colorado too much. I expect CU to be ready to go this afternoon, and quickly and efficiently roll UNC out of the gym. Probably a win in the 20-point range.
Tip-off from the CEC is set for 1pm this afternoon. Coverage can be found on Pac-12 Networks, with the radio call on 760 AM.
GO BUFFS! PROVE ME RIGHT, AND BEAT THE BEARS!