Today in the bag, I'm touching on a trio of smaller basketball notes, before closing with some talk about Canelo Alvarez v Amir Khan.
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Basketball Ephemera -
The search for the 13th and final BasketBuff for the 2016-17 season continues in the face of a stiffening wind, as targeted transfers begin look elsewhere. The big news last week was highly coveted Arkansas transfer Jimmy Whitt committing to SMU, which strikes as a major blow to us in BuffNation, as he was seen by many as CU's #1 target. To pile on, the other primary guard target, Dayon Griffin, chose to sign with Central Florida, leaving Colorado with few options in the backcourt.
|Olejniczak stands as the best hope for the 13th scholarship. From: bcsn.tv.|
Lo and behold, our prayers have been answered. After years of making due with a sound system essentially as old as many of the players toiling under it, the Coors Events Center is getting an aural boost in the form of some new speakers. No word yet on if this improvement will also come with some new, shiny visual toys, as well, but the new system will, at least, drastically improve the gameday experience at the Keg. Congrats to Rick George and crew for getting that sorted; this removes one item from my 'What if Rumblin wins the lottery' checklist.
|YES! From: @NeillWoelk|
Tre'Shaun Fletcher, formerly of the #RollTad Army, has apparently trimmed his college choices to a pair of southern destinations. Per this tweet from Jon Rothstein, he's looking at Arkansas and Louisiana Tech, which makes it seem as if the Arkansas native is looking to move back home. Were he to sign with the Razorbacks, it would actually make for two former Buffs on their roster, including old favorite Dustin Thomas, who will be coming off a redshirt this winter. As promised, wherever he ends up, I will continue to be a fan of Fletch; for him to end up in Fayetteville with Dustin would just make things easier.
Canelo Alvarez sets himself up for shot at GGG -
It was a weird set-up Saturday night in Las Vegas. Boxing's biggest remaining draw, middleweight Canelo Alvarez, was fighting under his weight against a good, but not great, welterweight in the form of England's Amir Khan. If it was the best fight available for Alvarez, which I doubt, it nonetheless made for a weak selling point for anyone outside the dependably dedicated legion of Canelo fans, and rang hollow after last year's post-Kentucky Derby card that featured the long awaited matchup between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. For a sport that continues to flounder in the era of cord cutting and MMA, to have this dud matchup pop up on one of the premier nights of the year seems like a major tactical error.
Still, belts were on the line, celebrities were in attendance, and the brand new T-Mobile Arena was beckoning for those willing to suspend disbelief that this was anything but a tune up for... whatever it is that Alvarez schedules next. And so, with the air of uncertainty and hope that proceeds any fight night, a most undesirable of matchups took place.
|Why was this a thing again? From: Sportbet.com|
Then, however, the weight of expectation seemed to lessen, and Canelo gained a foothold. He began to land some body shots, slowing down Khan, and those blazing combinations of the first few rounds were less accurate and less frequent. As round three bled into four and five, the fight was becoming more and more one-sided. It was only a matter of time, then, before a mistake would send Khan spiraling to the canvas. The moment of brutal poetry came in the 6th, as Alvarez feinted with his left to open up Khan before tossing a ferocious overhand right towards the Englishman. It landed, Amir was spun 'round, and knocked back flat on the canvas. One of the most picture-perfect KOs I've seen in a long time.
|Yo, that was wicked. From: tribune.com.pk|