In their first game of the season, the Buffaloes looked stagnant and out of sync on offense and couldn't overcome Baylor's second half lead as they fell to the Bears 72-60. Tad Boyle's team managed only six points in the first eight minutes of the first half and shot 7-for-33 from the field and 0-9 from three in the opening 20 minutes. It didn't get much better for Colorado in the second half as they continued to look tentative. The Buffs were within six with less than two minutes to go, but couldn't get any closer. Josh Scott had 15 points and 11 rebounds while Spencer Dinwiddie and Askia Booker each had 10 points.
Things the Buffaloes did well:
Defensively, Josh Scott and Wesley Gordon held their own inside limiting Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson to 18 points on 5-of-14 shooting. Gordon was outstanding defensively all game and should cause problems for opposing forwards all season. He was active offensively as well scoring nine points on 4-of-6 shooting. Scott was the best player on the court and a beast on the offensive glass collecting five offensive rebounds and was 7-of-8 from the free throw line. As a team, the Buffaloes had 19 offensive rebounds and that was one of the main reasons they hung in the game. Xavier Johnson fouled out and didn't play that many minutes in the game, but he did show some aggressiveness inside and finished with eight points.
Things the Buffaloes struggled with:
The offense won't be this bad in future games because they missed so many easy open shots, but some of the problems from last year still remained. There were zero fast-break points in the first half and because of that Colorado only tallied 22 points in 20 first half minutes as they were unable to score consistently in the half-court. It didn't help that Xavier Johnson and Dustin Thomas got into foul trouble, but there was too much passing around the perimeter and not enough attacking. Askia Booker and Spencer Dinwiddie combined for 7-of-30 of shooting and the Buffs aren't going to win games with their backcourt playing like that. Jaron Hopkins, George King, Tre'Shaun Fletcher, and Dustin Thomas combined for eight points on 3-of-12 shooting, but they showed they can play against one of the elite teams in the Big 12 and should improve going forward.
The Buffs play Tennessee-Martin on Sunday at the Coors Event Center at 4:00 p.m. MT. Colorado won't be as ineffective as they were tonight offensively and should be able to put the game away early. It will be nice seeing the team back home, but will be hard to gather much from the game considering the inferiority of the opponent.