Colorado picked up another easy win today as they blew out the Hartford Hawks, 80-52. Askia Booker and Josh Scott led the way for the Buffaloes as they scored 19 and 21 points, respectively. Andre Roberson had another easy double double as he picked up 14 points and 14 rebounds and wasn't tested on the boards whatsoever. Overall, the Buffaloes did what they should blowing out an inferior Hartford team and ended it early.
Things the Buffaloes did well:
Askia Booker seems to be out of his shooting slump going 8-13 from the field and that's good news for Colorado heading into conference play. Spencer Dinwiddie continues to play well as he added 6 rebounds and 6 assists to his 11 points. Offensively, the Buffs shot 49 percent from the field and managed to pick up 17 offensive rebounds with Josh Scott and Andre Roberson constantly crashing the boards combining for 24 rebounds, with 9 of them being offensive. Defensively, Colorado had 10 steals and limited Hartford to 34 percent shooting from the field and only allowed them 4 free throw attempts.
Things the Buffaloes struggled with:
The bench is still a problem. Despite Colorado scoring 80 points, the bench managed to do little against Hartford adding 12 points. Tad Boyle was so displeased with them that he had to bring the starters back into the game halfway through the second half. Other than Xavier Johnson, there is little depth to this team and if starters struggle or get into foul trouble, Colorado will be outmatched in conference play at times. Additionally, the Buffs turned the ball over way too much matching Hartford with 19 turnovers. Similar to the Northern Arizona game, there's not much to take out of this one as it was a blowout, however, if the bench continues to play like this, Colorado won't have as much success as expected in conference play.
The Buffaloes take on Arizona on January 3rd in Tucson. The last time Colorado took on a ranked opponent on the road was at Kansas and that didn't go so well. Although Arizona is ranked third in the nation, I don't think they are the third best team in the country and Colorado should be able to stay in the game, however, a win is unlikely. It'll be interesting to see what Tad Boyle does matchup wise because Sabatino Chen has started every game, but it doesn't make much sense to have him guard Solomon Hill, which he is slated to do right now. Without question, Arizona is the best team in the Pac-12, and Colorado will need to get out to an early lead if they want to have a chance to leave Tucson with the upset.