Colorado can still make the NCAA tournament without Dinwiddie, but it cannot solely rely on victories over Kansas, Harvard and Oregon attained with its best player in the lineup. Instead it must prove to the selection committee that it's worthy of inclusion even with Dinwiddie watching from the bench.
2. Jaron Hopkins. So far this season, the true freshman guard has been a solid sixth man for the Buffs. Now, he's likely to take Dinwiddie's spot in the starting lineup. He's incredibly talented and can score in a lot of ways. Among the healthy CU guards, Hopkins is the best at finishing at the rim and the Buffs could use his aggressiveness on offense. Hopkins will need to get more consistent on defense, and he's got to work on his free throw shooting. Dinwiddie made 85.7 percent of his shots, getting to the line seven times a game. Hopkins is, by far, last on the team with a free throw percentage of 40.7.
Generally speaking, losing your point is the most devastating loss for any team. Think about how Oregon struggled without Dominic Artis last year, or how much Cal women's basketball struggled on offense before Brittany Boyd arrived on campus. You can't survive without a solid point guard. If Dinwiddie is going to miss major time, the question is this: Does Colorado have a capable back-up?
The Buffaloes plunged immediately into crisis mode when leading scorer and assist man Spencer Dinwiddie (28) tore his ACL against Washington on Sunday. Victories over Kansas and Oregon are great, but Colorado will be appraised by the selection committee on what it does over the next two months without Dinwiddie.
The 6-foot-9 Gordon scored 11 points and posted career highs in rebounds (13) and blocks (four). He was a beast right from the start, scoring CU's first four points and finishing the first half with nine points and 11 rebounds.
"After this weekend I think we are more confident that we were before," Roberson said. "We played really good basketball. I mean, with the exception of the last 6 minutes against Cal and then a few minutes here with Stanford. I think we have more positives to take away from this than negatives.
"It was hard on them, there’s no question. Emotion is a big part of this game at this level. So we’ll find out where he’s at, but I think it was definitely an emotional blow to our team in the second half. We finished the first half well. We must have been running on fumes or something. But in the second half we shot ourselves in the foot. When you turn the ball over 20 times against a good team and only have six assists, it’s a recipe for disaster. They shoot 66% in the second half, they got going, they have good shooters – they’re a good team. They have good players who are playing well right now. They beat us like a drum."
NCAA College Basketball Tournament Bracket Predictions - CBSSports.com - Colorado comes in as a four-seed in Spokane.
The Buffs were No. 10, lost at Washington and dropped … all the way to 25th. That’s a steep drop for one loss, but it’s wasn’t a normal loss. Colorado lost its best player, G Spencer Dinwiddie, in the first half, then got blown out in the second. And Dinwiddie is (unfortunately) finished for the season because of a torn ACL. Based on how the Buffs played without him, I felt compelled to drop them farther down the ballot that I otherwise would.
K: Mason Crosby, Colorado (2003-06) -- Crosby was three-time, first-team All-Big 12 selection, and twice was a consensus All-American even though he never won the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation's top kicker. He was also the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year as a junior, and converted 66 field goals in his career.
"I think we're doing a really good job of finding the right people," MacIntyre said. "I always tell the guys, 'Don't worry about the ones we lose. Worry about the ones we get, cause you're going to lose some, but make sure you get the right ones.' I feel like we've had a very good evaluation process, not only athletically but socially and academically. To me, that is important because we want staying power when they get here.
Good character man- MacIntyre, like his dad is, is very respected in the coaching community. As far as I know, no Spartans or Buffaloes have been locked up under his watch.
Low buyout, if any- Yes, he's in his second season Colorado, but I'm hearing he has little or no buyout.
"A lot of Pac-12 schools like CU, UCLA, USC, Stanford, Oregon and then Boise State, CSU, Nebraska ... and Vanderbilt sent me a lot of letters," he said.
"CU is one of my top schools; I really like it. Went up for a couple games this year. I just love the environment, love the fans, love the stadium, love the coaches, too. I think if I'm going to stay in state, it's definitely where I'm going to go."
Colorado - S Glen Ihenacho 6'0 185 Gardena, CA (Junipero Serra)
A great all-around safety, Ihenacho is athletic and physical, covering both bases for a college safety and is one of the best prospects at his position on the West Coast. Ihenacho considered some Pac-12 schools and Miami before committing to Oregon in November, but took a visit to Colorado in December, potentially opening the door for the Buffaloes. Obviously the Ducks offer more prestige, but the Buffaloes could offer more early playing time.
In the fight - Colorado, Miami, Oregon
John Strobel's era of playing football at the University of Colorado was much different from what goes on today below the Flatirons in Boulder. As is the case with almost anything, a lot has changed over the past 65 years. Strobel strongly agrees that the change in the head gear worn by football players has improved immeasurably, but he would prefer to see CU's sports teams wearing the silver and gold uniform colors of the past.