"Ski's the one who is affected probably the most from (Dinwiddie's injury)," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "He's got to understand, we need him to score, but we also need him to make plays for his teammates, as well. He's trying to do that and that's all I can ask."
Overall, in the past three games, Booker has hit 48 percent of his shots, scored 15.0 points per game and produced 12 assists and only eight turnovers. He has only four turnovers in the past five halves combined.
Bracketology - NCAA College Basketball Brackets and Predictions - ESPN - Colorado listed as a nine-seed in Milwaukee taking on Florida State.
NCAA College Basketball Tournament Bracket Predictions - CBSSports.com - Colorado comes in as a ten-seed in Orlando.
Said Thompson: "I think this one will be a little easier for the committee, because they know what Colorado did with Spencer Dinwiddie for more than two months, and now they'll see what kind of team they are without him for two months. "It may not affect Colorado as much as a late-season injury because they have time for other players to step up and show, 'Hey, look. We're almost the same team without Spencer. With him, we're really special. But here we are. We didn't drop dramatically.'
Colorado: Buffs are at Arizona Thursday night and ASU Saturday night. It’s probably a bit much to ask for another game on the order of the Sabatino Chen-non-buzzer-beater of last year, so the crucial game — unless CU is capable of a blockbuster upset — is the one at ASU. And it’s worth remembering: All the good work the Buffs did in running up a 14-3 record with Spencer Dinwiddie is essentially null and void in the eyes of the NCAA basketball committee. They need to show that they’re good without him, because that’s what they have on the floor in March. I’m guessing they’ll pass muster.
Making the case for Richardson: When we started putting together the preseason top 25, Richardson was an interesting name. Everyone knows he’s talented, but the Pac-12 blog had tempered expectations, considering the new coaching staff at Colorado, Richardson’s injury the year before and questions at quarterback. Let's wait and see, we thought. So much for tempered expectations. Richardson was explosive and one of the most dangerous receivers in the league. A first-team All-Conference pick, he set single-season school records in receptions and receiving yards. Of those 83 receptions, 51 went for first downs and his 10 touchdowns spanned 470 yards – giving him an average of 47 yards per touchdown reception. Eight of his 10 scores this year went for 28 yards or longer – including two 75-yard touchdown receptions and an 82-yard score. Few players in the country were able to stretch the field the way Richardson did in 2013.
Leaving: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado The replacement: It was probably going to be Jeff Thomas before he transferred. Now it’s probably going to be a rotation of D.D. Goodson, Devin Ross, or redshirt freshmen Bryce Bobo or Elijah Dunston. Nelson Spruce has been solid, but he’s not the breakaway threat Richardson was. This will be a key spring battle to watch.
"It was a surprise to me," said Lindgren, who is also the team's quarterbacks coach. "He was one of the leaders on the team and did some good things for us early in the year. I just think he was a big part of the team this year even when he wasn't playing, from a leadership standpoint. I think he had a lot invested in the program. It was surprising and disappointing on our end. I really wish that he would have seen his last year out. I think he would have helped us."
Colorado has been unable to get out of the cellar in the South since joining the conference three years ago. With quite a few starters returning on both sides of the ball, the Buffs could challenge Utah for fifth place.
Colorado - Defensive end The Buffaloes don't lose much from 2013, but pass-rushing specialist Chidera Uzo-Diribe will be hard to replace up front. Prospects - Colorado has done a great job of locking up defensive end prospects as they already have five commitments at the position for 2014. Jase Franke is the top-rated of their commits and has the size at 6'4 260 to maybe contribute next season. The rest of their commits are prospects that will most likely take a few years to develop before they see the field.
12. Colorado - The good news for the Buffs is that they don't lose a ton of overall talent, but they do probably lose their best offensive player and maybe their two best defensive players. Overall though, they lose only four starters on offense and three on defense. Key losses - WR Paul Richardson, DE Chidera Uzo-Diribe, LB Jordan Webb