"They shoot 50 percent as a team from the field, which we haven't sniffed that since we've been here," Boyle said. "They really shoot the 3 ball well and they've got a good post player. They're very efficient. "Our defense is going to be challenged. That's what we need right now. This is good for us. We're going to see: have we gotten better at guarding the 3-point line since early November?"
For a second year, CU coach Tad Boyle had his team participate in "The Program" – roughly 8 to 10 hours of highly regimented physical and mental conditioning overseen by former military personnel. Most CU hoops followers refer to it as "SEALs training," and former U.S. Navy SEALs can be involved. But this September’s training was conducted by a retired U.S. Army master sergeant and a former U.S. Marine Corps special ops man.
3. Colorado (9-1) - Coming off their exciting buzzer beater victory over Kansas, who had beat them 19 times in a row. Coach Tad Boyle has this team rolling again. The Buffaloes will be looking to return to the NCAA for the third straight year.
"Spencer has put the team on his back at times and I'm impressed," Booker said. So is Boyle, who had hoped Dinwiddie would emerge as a leader. "He's so much more vocal now," Boyle said. "You come to a practice, he's talking, you hear his voice. That wasn't the case when he was a freshman; it wasn't the case even last year so much. But, this year his voice is being heard."
"I feel like every year we've been here, we've started at a much higher level than we did the previous year," Lappe said. "That's what you should do, really, when you take over a program. The more years that you have more players on your roster that understand your style and the culture and those sorts of things, you should start at a higher level."
Scout.com: 2013 CFN All-Freshman Defensive Team - Sefo Liufau and Michael Adkins were honorable mention.
LB Addison Gillam, Colorado Gillam didn’t start playing high school football until his junior year, and he was largely overlooked coming out of tiny Palo Cedro, Calif., but he’s on the Pac-12 radar now. After enrolling early and nabbing the job in the middle, he went on to collect a team-high 119 tackles, seven stops for loss and three sacks. Gillam has the right size, range and toughness to evolve very quickly into an anchor in Boulder.
Post-injury Player of the Year - Paul Richardson WR Colorado It was nice to get Richardson back after losing an entire year to injury. Richardson was the best receiver in the conference this year not named Brandin Cooks.
"Bo used to gather the team at the beginning of each season and ask three questions," McCartney said.
"Who are we?"
"Where are we going?"
"How are we going to get there?"
"The answers to those questions will determine your course," McCartney said.