Colorado never overcame its sloppy start and played lackadaisically all game long as they lost to Oregon St. 64-58 today ruining Senior Day at the Coors Event Center. The Buffaloes were outworked and outcoached and as a result, suffered their worst loss of the season. Spencer Dinwiddie was the only Buffalo in double figures as he finished the day with 18 points, five rebounds and five steals. The disappointing loss leaves Colorado at 20-10 overall and 10-8 in the Pac-12 to end the regular season.
Things the Buffaloes did well:
There weren't any bright spots in the loss.
Things the Buffaloes struggled with:
That was 40 minutes of terrible basketball. Oregon St. defended Colorado with a 2-3 zone and the Buffaloes decided to settle around the perimeter passing the ball and heaving up threes. The Buffaloes flat out failed attacking the inside of the zone. Colorado shot an awful 28 percent from three and a less than stellar 35 percent from the field.
On defense, the Buffaloes weren't any better. Colorado continuously struggled to box out and gave up 12 offensive rebounds to the Beavers. The man-to-man defense was atrocious as Oregon St. cut to the hoop at will due to the fact that no Buffalo could keep his eye on his man and the ball consistently.
Tad Boyle wasn't at his best either. Around the middle of the second half, Boyle took out Xavier Johnson, Josh Scott, Askia Booker, and Spencer Dinwiddie and Oregon St. was able to take an eight point lead. Despite the panicked defensive effort down the stretch, Colorado couldn't muster up enough to get back in the game and part of that was due to Boyle's reliance on the bench. The Buffaloes also didn't foul in the last 30 seconds of the game for whatever reason when Oregon St. had a two point lead and the Beavers made a layup with thirteen seconds left virtually ending the game.
There was so much wrong with Colorado today. They lost to a team who had one road win in the Pac-12 prior to the game and only three total wins in the Pac-12. They were at the Coors Event Center for the last time this year and they were passive and lethargic. At some point, Colorado was going to have penetrate the zone and not settle for three point shots, but they never did. Spencer Dinwiddie didn't attack the rim until the end of the game and was 2-8 from three and 4-12 from the field. Askia Booker continued to shoot his questionable jumpers going 3-13 from the field.
Going forward, the Buffaloes are going to have win at least one game in the Pac-12 Tournament if they want to get into the NCAA Tournament. If they get left out, however, it'll be all on them and not the committee. They had a tourney bid locked up with a win, but now their future is in doubt. Colorado will be the five seed in the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas and take on the 12 seed and will play at 3:30 p.m. MT on Wednesday.