The Colorado Buffaloes fell to the Washington Huskies 71-54 after an injury to point guard Spencer Dinwiddie shook the Buffs to the core. Obviously a road loss is a bummer but the result is almost meaningless in the wake of what seems to be a serious knee injury to one of college basketball's great players.
Things the Buffaloes did well:
Prior to the injury the Buffs were playing quite well, significantly better than they did in Spokane, and looked like a strong bet to pull away and stay undefeated in conference play. Spencer Dinwiddie was playing with an aggressiveness that we didn't see in the game against Washington State and the rest of the Buffaloes seemed to be in control without much effort.
Things the Buffaloes struggled with:
This was not a team prepared to play without their leader. Not many teams would be able to withstand a loss like that in the way that it happened but it was still a bit unnerving to see how quickly these Buffs fell apart after the injury. Once again Colorado was plagued with poor defense on the three-point line and the Huskies were poised to take advantage. The Buffaloes were a shell of their normal selves after the half and it will unacceptable to see that carry on past today. Askia Booker will have to take over for Dinwiddie as the leader of these Buffaloes and he came nowhere close tonight.
While the Buffaloes season is in flux until they know for sure the extent of Dinwiddie's injury, life will go on for this team either way. Luckily the Buffs head back home and welcome UCLA on Thursday and USC on Saturday to Boulder. Obviously UCLA without their point guard will be a major test for the Buffaloes and will be a gauge for what we can expect if Spencer is out for the long haul.