ALBUQUERQUE, NM - MARCH 15: Austin Dufault #33 of the Colorado Buffaloes drives to the basket against UNLV Rebels in the first half during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Pit on March 15, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The Colorado Buffaloes continue to surprise and are headed to the next round of the NCAA Tournament with their 68-64 victory over UNLV. Colorado nearly blew it, but they defeated the UNLV Runnin' Rebels with the help of their offense in the first half and defense all game long. For the Buffaloes, Askia Booker led the way with 16 points and Austin Dufault added 14. Most importantly, the Colorado Buffaloes won in the NCAA Tournament and are advancing to the next round.
Things the Buffaloes did well: The first half was brilliant and arguably the best half of basketball Colorado played all year. Yes, UNLV had some open shots, but the Buffaloes limited most of them. As always it seems, the defense won Colorado this game. Also, they got a necessary spark off the bench with great play from Askia Booker. Another consistent incredible performance for Andre Roberson, who had 12 points and 16 rebounds. The guy just never stops working on the glass. A key factor for Colorado on offense this game was the even distribution of scoring. Roberson had 12, Booker had 16, Dufault had 14, and Brown had 12. Four guys tallied double figures. Surprisingly, Colorado didn't even play their best performance and they got the win.
Things the Buffaloes struggled with: Colorado had 23 turnovers in the game, which was a season high. Consequently, they let a lead of 20 points evaporate. The Buffaloes made some errant passes inbounding and the Buffaloes looked scared to dribble up the court against UNLV's press. Ultimately, it didn't matter, but Colorado has to work on their press break if they want to win their next game.
Up Next: Colorado will take on the Baylor Bears this Saturday at the same venue in New Mexico. Colorado has to improve on offense, but this team will not be intimidated by Baylor. If Colorado continues this defensive style, who knows what could happen?