Colorado looked lost and careless as they lost to Stanford 84-64. The team's defensive performance was the worst in a while and they let Stanford run away with it in the second half. Colorado had almost no bench scoring and rarely got to the free throw line. After Colorado almost beat California, it would have been nice to see them come out and beat Stanford, but that was not the case. Andre Roberson and Austin Dufault led the way once again; Roberson had 15 and Dufault added 14. Overall, it was a weak performance, but they get back to Coors Event Center this weekend and hopefully will end this small losing streak.
Things the Buffaloes did well: Colorado played decent in the first half and their offense helped them keep up with Stanford. Additionally, Austin Dufault kept up his impressive run of good offensive performances. Besides that, Colorado really did not doing anything too exceptional today.
Things the Buffaloes struggled with: Defensively, the Buffaloes struggled to say the least. They let Stanford shoot 53% from the field and let Stanford put up 84 points, the highest amount CU has given up all season. The rebounding was weak as well. Roberson only picked up 4 rebounds and 2 of them were offensive. Also, the bench play was poor, only contributing 8 points. In every aspect of the game, Colorado played more like the way they played in early non-conference play with bad decision making killing the Buffaloes all game. Ultimately, it was an uncharacteristic performance for the Buffaloes. This Buffaloes team still has a lot of work to do and cannot have defensive lapses like today if they want to contend for the Pac-12.
Up Next: The Buffaloes take on Arizona State at home on Thursday. Colorado should win this game, but Pac-12 play continues to surprise and anything can happen. With a victory, the Buffaloes would gain some much needed confidence before they take on Arizona.