Hurt feeling - The Longmont Times-Call
Jeff Bzdelik still has some things to prove at Colorado but let's face it, his comments and quotes are a breath of fresh air compared to what we are used to with the football program. In a press release by the University of Colorado late last year describing how "competitive" the football team was in 2009, Jeff Bzdelik says his program is not about being competitive but about winning. Amen.
"We expect to win," CU coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "This is not about being competitive. Please understand that. That’s why it hurts." He said his team’s lack of an inside scoring threat compounds its challenge, yet CU has now shot 50 percent or better against three ranked teams in a row. It shot 53 percent Saturday. And he concluded if CU had grabbed defensive rebounds when Kansas State missed shots, it could have held the Wildcats in the 30s.
The solution? "How we solve that problem falls on me to recruit," he said.
Colorado is clearly a factor in the Big 12 race this season and a difficult team to beat in Boulder. For anyone. But until the Buffs do something about their rebounding woes, they`re going to continue to lose close games to more aggressive and physical conference foes. Such as No. 13 Kansas State, which out-rebounded CU 44-27 during an 87-81 victory over the Buffs on Saturday at the Coors Events Center. The Wildcats had more offensive rebounds (20) than the home team had defensive rebounds (19).
Are you kidding me? Sixty-eight personal fouls (and one technical)? Ninety-four free throws? It's not often that I take the time to criticize officials publicly. In fact, in 30-plus years of covering sports, I've done it maybe a handful of times. Today, make it a handful plus one. That wasn't a basketball game Saturday afternoon at the Coors Events Center, it was an embarrassment to the Big 12. The conference that considers itself one of the best in the nation should be ashamed of the crew it sent to Boulder for Saturday's Colorado-Kansas State game. Not that anyone got cheated, at least not on purpose. This crew wasn't competent enough to slyly tilt their calls toward one team or the other. They were simply bad. Equal-opportunity terrible, on both ends of the floor, all day long. Believe me, if both coaches could talk freely, they'd tell you the same. As it is, the tongues of both CU's Jeff Bzdelik and Kansas State's Frank Martin are still bleeding today after they spent the afternoon biting them.
In a closely officiated game where almost every hand-check, bump or love tap was called a foul, Colorado’s offense didn’t have its patented rhythm. "They were officiating so tightly, cheap fouls and questionable fouls," said forward Marcus Relphorde, who added 18 points. "It really hurt us." The Buffs were called for a season-high 19 first-half fouls and their 36 total fouls tied the Coors Events Center record for most fouls made by one team (Northwestern State, Dec. 30, 1996). The 68 total fouls also marked a Coors Events Center record, surpassing the previous 63 vs. New Mexico State on Dec. 6, 1980.
The Events Center welcomed 10,852 fans today, the 17th best at CECC and the highest attendance total since Jan. 15, 2005 when Colorado played Kansas in front of 11,057 (KU won 76-61).
It was fun while it lasted. Colorado gave No. 13 Kansas State all it wanted in an intense, physical and foul-filled Big 12 showdown on Saturday at a sold out Coors Events Center.
Lakewood linebacker Joe Hemschoot visited Boulder last weekend and also is considering Stanford and Oregon. Arvada West punter-kicker Justin Castor is taking his official visit to CU this weekend. "I honestly can't say whether I'm leaning to Oregon, Stanford or CU," said Hemschoot, who is visiting Stanford this weekend and is scheduled for Oregon next weekend. The Pac-10 schools played in bowl games, but CU's struggles last fall are not an issue for him. "Coach (Dan) Hawkins is doing some really good things up there, and the winning is going to come," he said. "I would like to play in front of my parents and friends; that is a factor. When it comes down to it, it will probably be my overall feel around the coaches and players."