The Colorado Buffaloes looked like a completely different team back at the Coors Event Center on Thursday night as they beat the Stanford Cardinal 75-54. Andre Roberson had arguably one of his best games of the year ending up with 12 points, 20 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks, and was dominant all over the floor. Xavier Johnson threw up a variety of explosive dunks and also hit threes against the Stanford zone as he had 11 points. Overall, the Buffaloes let their strong rebounding and defense fuel their transition play as Stanford had no answers for any of the Colorado starters as they all finished in double digits.
Things the Buffaloes did well:
The way Colorado played tonight was why many thought they could contend or possibly win the conference title. Offensively, the Buffs attacked the rim relentlessly and weren't settling for any jumpers. They fed Josh Scott the ball in the post and got out and ran the fast break as much as they could. Scott had another great game hitting his usual hooks adding 12 points and 5 rebounds. Defensively, Colorado was active all night creating problems for the Stanford offense limiting Stanford to 31 percent shooting from the field, 30 percent from three, and caused 10 turnovers.
The frontline of Josh Scott, Andre Roberson and Xavier Johnson showed its potential tonight combining for 35 points and 28 rebounds. Roberson fueled the transition with his defense and rebounding; Johnson was there to throw it down on the fast break; and, Josh Scott was there to finish in the post. Spencer Dinwiddie showed why he's so important to this team tonight commanding the offense all over the floor while adding 12 points and 4 assists. Dinwiddie along with Askia Booker were there to answer every time Stanford tried to get back into the game in the second half driving to the hoop. Booker had some key jumpers and floaters as well. The Buffaloes also got back to shooting well from three as they shot 44 percent and were able to hit some key threes against Stanford when they went zone. Ultimately, this was the game everyone wanted to see out of Colorado. They were agressive all night and didn't let up on the offensive or defensive side of the ball and showed why they are so tough to beat at home.
Things the Buffaloes struggled with:
Considering their recent play, it's hard to point out anything they did wrong. The free throw shooting continues to be inconsistent as Colorado went 11-22 from the line, but at least the offense is back in sync and the defense continues to play well.
Colorado will take on Cal at the Coors Event Center on Sunday. If the Buffs come out with the intensity and aggressiveness they did tonight, they should be able to walk away from the weekend with a sweep of the Bay Area teams.