Wow. I didn't think the Buffs were going to win, but I didn't expect a 90-54 loss. There's no question that Colorado is still a good basketball team, but they just need to put this performance behind them. It's not indicative of how they want to play and it was just an embarrassing performance. They were certainly not prepared from the start as they were outmatched by Kansas in every facet of the game. The lone bright spot was Josh Scott as he had 19 points and was 9-15 from the field.
Things the Buffaloes did well:
Josh Scott played well and looked composed all game. He adjusted to the length of Jeff Withey and made difficult shots in the post with ease.
Things the Buffaloes struggled with:
Colorado shot 2-13 from three, shot 37 percent overall for the game from the field, and shot 12-21 from the free throw line. They also had 18 turnovers and allowed Kansas to shoot 54 percent in the game. Colorado was flat from the start and had so many careless plays; they just weren't ready for the environment. Offensively, they were out of sync as they passed the ball to their teammates when they weren't looking. Something that can be taken from the game is the fact that the defense still doesn't look that good. Since Tad Boyle has been at Colorado, his teams have been strong defensively, and it's been a key to his success, but this team isn't boxing out; they aren't rotating and recovering effectively; and, they just aren't active enough on defense. The offense is going to be fine with the likes of Josh Scott, Askia Booker, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Andre Roberson, but the defense has to improve if the Buffaloes want to contend for a Pac-12 title.
Colorado travels to Fresno State to take on the Bulldogs on Wednesday. For most of these players on Colorado, this is the worst loss of their careers and they should respond well, but road games in college basketball are always difficult. Additionally, Fresno State is a good team and will be looking to get back at Colorado after last year's loss in Boulder.