Well, this was never close. Colorado came out ready to play against Northern Arizona, winning handily 98-51. The Buffs were led by Askia Booker who had 17 points, and Xavier Johnson who had 17 points as well. All the starters besides Sabatino Chen were in double figures as Andre Roberson had 10, Josh Scott had 11, and Spencer Dinwiddie had 15 points. Northern Arizona certainly isn't the hardest opponent on Colorado's schedule this year, but the Buffaloes came and blew out the Lumberjacks and did what they were supposed to do.
Things the Buffaloes did well:
They played just about as good of a game as a team can; the defense was outstanding from the start as Askia Booker and Spencer Dinwiddie were wreaking havoc in the passing lanes and the Buffs forced 16 turnovers as a team. They also held Northern Arizona to 31 percent shooting from the field and 26 percent from three. On offense, Booker and Dinwiddie were just as impressive. Booker had 17 points, but he was much more efficient than usual shooting a ridiculous 8-9 from the field. Dinwiddie had 15 points, but also managed to pick up five assists and six rebounds. The bench played well in the first half while the game was still somewhat close. As a unit, they had 39 points and shot well from behind the arc with Xavier Johnson, Jeremy Adams, and Xavier Talton combining for six threes. There's not too much to take out of this game because Northern Arizona is not a very good team and Colorado isn't going to shoot 55 percent from three and 66 percent from the field every night, but a blowout like this is nothing to complain about.
Things the Buffaloes struggled with:
This is nitpicking, but Colorado did give Northern Arizona too many open looks for three. Granted, they did not make them, but it's still never good for a defense to let the opposing team shoot open threes. Additionally, I don't see why Tad Boyle had his starters playing at all in the second half. It was a 36 point halftime lead, and a comeback from Northern Arizona just wasn't going to happen.
The Buffaloes will take on Hartford on December 29th, at 12 p.m. MT at the Coors Event Center, and they should win this game. There's potential for a trap game with Colorado playing its biggest game of the year against Arizona in Tucson after they play Hartford, but if Colorado can come out with the same intensity and aggressiveness that they did tonight, they should be fine.