|Seemed like a pretty cool scene up on campus. From: @CUBuffsTurf|
Additionally, the last time Folsom hosted a concert, the football team went on to win a conference title, and drop the most satisfying scoreline in the history of the program. Maybe, in that vein, the return of some touring musical karma will help the 2016 Buffaloes end the painful bowl drought...
Today in the Bag, I'm talking a huge pickup for Coach Boyle and the men's basketball team, tipoff in The Basketball Tournament, and a Euros update.
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Namon Wright picks Colorado -
Any worries that Colorado Men's Basketball would enter the 2016-17 campaign with an unfilled scholarship in hand were put to rest last week as news broke that Namon Wright, former Missouri Tiger guard, was headed to Boulder. Wright will have to sit a season, due to transfer rules, before completing his two remaining years of eligibility, but, with the commitment, the Buffs are back up to the full compliment of 13 scholarship players.
|The newest Buff is familiar with Black and Gold. From: Fox Sports|
Generally, Namon fits the mold of a prototypical Tad Boyle player. He has good size, can play a number of positions, and will provide a number of different looks on both offense and defense. Additionally, as he has two years to play, he continues the recent tradition of bringing players into the program for more than just one go. With off-court trouble at a minimum, there's a lot to like about this move, for both sides. Especially as Xavier Johnson is graduating out of the program after this season, there's a definite need for a wing who can make an impact both offensively and on the defensive glass -- Wright has an opportunity to fit nicely into that role.
|A big win for Coach Boyle on the recruiting trail. From: BSNBuffs|
Available minutes for next season were already at a premium, so there was never a thought of getting a 13th player to suit-up right away. Namon Wright not only fills a need, but fits in nicely to future depth charts. It's really a perfect fit for both player and program, one that I could easy see paying off for each.
Welcome aboard, Namon!
TBT tips off; Buffs look to improve on last year's early exit -
For the second-consecutive year, a team of former CU greats is suiting up for a chance to earn $2 million. Yep, the Basketball Tournament is back, and with it Team Colorado. Headed by founder Beau Gamble and GM Trent Beckley, the roster features luminaries such as Richard Roby, Marcus Hall, Marcus Relphorde, Austin Dufault, and Dominique Coleman, with Dwight Thorne (who just signed to coach with Rodney Billups and DU this winter) serving as head coach. Essentially a who's who of the last decade of Colorado basketball, it's a collection of a number of professionals who have a wealth of experience in the extended world of basketball. While no NBA stars are allowed in the field (leaving out CU-based talents like Alec Burks, Andre Roberson, Chris Copeland, or Spencer Dinwiddie), there appear to be more than enough talent at hand to field a competitive team.
|It's always good to see Roby repping for CU. From: the BDC|
This year, they look to improve on that unfortunate showing. To that end, the group has been working through a mini-camp in Boulder, featuring scrimmages with current players. In addition to solid practice, it has served as a nice reunion for the former teammates, while giving them a chance to work with and mentor the next generation of Colorado stars. Beckley's presence has been, especially, credited with a better understanding of roster makeup, and hopes are high that this year will be different.
|DT is back in Boulder, leading his fellow Buffs. From: CUBuffs.com|
Hopefully, Team Colorado will come through with a nice run. Their pursuit starts in earnest this weekend in Los Angeles as they face Shaare Zedek on Saturday at 10:15 MT.
Wales marches on; Iceland bows out; Germany still looks the team to beat at the 2016 Euros -
A quick roundup of action at the 2016 European Soccer Championship
- Wales 3 - Belgium 1 -
For first time entrants, the Welsh look mighty comfortable playing this level of international soccer. Behind the stalwart play of Gareth Bale (one of the top five or so players in the world) and a slew of EPL talents, they've been rampaging throughout the tournament. Against Belgium in the quarterfinals, they showed once again why dreams of a title for the smaller member of the United Kingdom aren't so far-fetched. Surrendering an early goal to the favored Belgians only seemed to spur the Dragons on, leading them to score three unanswered over the final 60 minutes to play. They out-coached, out-worked, and flat out-played their more heralded opponents, and earnestly deserved the win. What's more, with listless Portugal up next tomorrow afternoon (who have yet to win a game in regulation in France), there's a better than decent chance that Wales will advance to the final. Wouldn't that be a sight to see?
- France 5 - Iceland 2 -
While one Cinderella, Wales, dances on, another, Iceland, has seen their carriage turn back into a pumpkin. Iceland had been wooing the country with tales of their 300,000-strong island taking over the European continent, with part-time players taking down the feckless English. Chickens came home to roost, however, when they tussled with the host nation, France. From the opening kick you could tell this would not be a repeat of the dream matchup with England. The French dominated possession and chances, roaring out to a 4-0 lead before half. While Iceland wouldn't quit, the game was never again close. All credit where it's due, however, this Icleand team did more than could ever have been expected, and leaves France with their heads held high.
- Germany 1 (6) - Italy (5) -
This game started painfully slow, but wound up featuring plenty of drama, as it took a record 18 penalty kicks to decide the match between Germany and Italy. This was a gigantic moment for the reigning World Cup champs, who had historically struggled with Italian demons. Now, with this test in the rear view, the Germans appear to me to be the team to beat. While France will have the home field advantage in their upcoming semifinal (Thursday afternoon), Germany has proven to have the organization to keep the rampaging hosts at bay. Give me the Germans and a late two-goal margin over France, with a follow-up single-goal win over Wales in the final.