KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 11: Head coach Tad Boyle of the Colorado Buffaloes speaks with Nate Tomlinson #1 during their game against the Kansas Jayhawks in the semifinals of the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 11, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The Colorado Buffaloes finally put together a complete effort dominating New Orleans by a score of 92-34. There is only so much to take from a win against such an inferior opponent, but the Buffaloes didn't get careless like the game against Texas Southern. The Buffaloes beat the Privateers in every aspect of the game. Carlon Brown led the way with 18 points while Andre Roberson added his usual double-double, scoring 12 points and getting 12 rebounds. Non-conference play ended with today's victory, and the Buffaloes came out looking much improved from how they looked in their first game in Puerto Rico. Finally, Colorado didn't play down to the level of their opponent and ended the game early like they should. Colorado held New Orleans to an atrocious 34 points and limited them to 20% shooting overall.
Things the Buffaloes did well: They played their first complete game of the year. They shot well, they defended well, and they rebounded well. The starting core looks like it is developing some chemistry and figuring out more and more where each person fits in Boyle's offensive system. Carlon Brown ended his scoring slump putting back to back high scoring games. Spencer Dinwiddie had his most complete game tonight. He had 12 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds, and only 1 turnover. Colorado needs to keep up its intense style and play like they did tonight each game in conference play. More importantly, this was a team Colorado was supposed to handle and they did just that.
Things the Buffaloes struggled with: Colorado really didn't struggle with anything tonight. The Buffaloes won by 58 points. When the margin is that large, it is hard to point out any flaws on the Buffaloes' part.
Up Next: Colorado plays Utah on the 31st, their first Pac-12 game. Utah is a very weak team this year and if Colorado brings this level of play to the Utah game, the Buffaloes should win their Pac-12 debut and continue their winning streak.