|The Buffs met Arizona at the top of the mountain, and sent the champs tumbling back down. From: CBS Sports.|
The Big Damn Hero for the evening was Josh Scott. In his penultimate home game as a Buffalo, he was everywhere on the court, playing with a hungry intensity that you don't always see from the calming senior. He would finish with a mighty 26/9/3, as the Colorado native carried the team on his back, particularly in the second half. On one stretch, from 10:07 to 6:36 of the second frame, he scored on five of six possessions to help keep Arizona at arms length, a stretch that proved to be decisive. Overall, J40 would finish with 12 of the team's final 14 points, playing an oversize David to 'Zona's Goliath. He was supported in his efforts by his running mate, Wesley Gordon. The lanky power forward from the Springs continued his burgeoning run of stellar play, chipping in 8/12 and a whopping total of six assists. This was a forwards-first performance from the Buffs, and Scott and Gordon lived up to their billing as one of the best front court duos in America.
|Josh Scott would not be denied. From: the BDC|
|Such a cool scene, I don't really care what anyone else thinks about it. From: @B_Brynestad and @CUSnowBuff|
However, I am particularly tired of this ground, and it distracts from what was, otherwise, a very entertaining basketball game. Was it the most well-played exhibition of the sport ever put on? Certainly not. What it was, however, was a high level experience for all of those willing to make the commitment to show up. I'm happy I was there to see it, and I hope the thousands of other students and fans who hand't been making Colorado Basketball a weekly part of their winter lifestyle will use this as an impetus to return both this afternoon and next season. With that atmosphere at their back, CU becomes a deadly serious basketball entity, one that few are going to be able to contend with.
Looking forward, it's time to bring the home portion of this season to a close. Arizona State comes to town for the home finale, looking to spoil the surge in emotion generated in the wake of the win over the UofA. It wouldn't be the first time, either. Back in 2013, just days after the Valentine's Day Massacre, the Sun Devils clipped the Buffs in over time; a loss that ultimately cost the team a first round bye in the Pac-12 tournament, and left them playing Arizona, again, in the quarterfinals. It'll be up to the Buffs to make sure history doesn't repeat itself.
Hype Music for the Evening: "Hell" by Streetlight Manifesto
The original version of this song is by the Squirrel Nut Zippers, and is fantastic, and makes for a SPECTACULAR basketball band song (sadly lost from the CU book, as far as I can tell). This version, by Streetlight, is a masterpiece, somehow improving on the original. It's a cherished centerpiece of my ska rotation, and deserves a place in yours, as well. Enjoy!
Tip-off from the CEC is set for 2:30 this afternoon. There is no excuse not to follow-up Wednesday's crowd with another just as strong for this one. The senior class, and particularly Josh Scott, deserves as much for their final home game. For the alums, that means use your damn tickets. For the students, that means take advantage of a number of promotions, including $1 tickets, free food, and giveaways of sunglasses and rally towels. Fill the Keg, no excuses.
For those unwilling or able to heed the call, the action can be found on either Pac-12 Networks or 850 KOA.
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