Arizona State put a through beating on the Buffaloes and sent Colorado back to Boulder with an 0-2 record on their road trip through Arizona with a 72-51 win. The Buffaloes played an uninspired, turnover-heavy game of basketball that left them without any chance of staying in the game. The Buffs are now 15-6 overall and 4-4 in Pac-12 play.
Things the Buffaloes did well:
Colorado didn't play with the same energy or urgency that they had in the last three games (even against Arizona) and there wasn't a whole lot that went right for the Buffaloes in Tempe. Xavier Johnson played with a tenacity that we hadn't seen this season for the second game in a row, finishing with 12 points and 5 rebounds, but he also committed 5 turnovers.
Josh Scott had another nice game inside, ending up with 11 points and 7 rebounds, but it felt like he could have done much, much more.
Things the Buffaloes struggled with:
Can I just skip this part and say everything? The Buffs made a multitude of mistakes throughout the game and weren't helped by any breaks. They couldn't get anything going offensively and played porous defense for all forty minutes.
Then there were the turnovers. Oh so many turnovers. The stats say that the Buffs committed 19 turnovers but it sure felt like a lot more throughout the game. Askia's streak of good games ended with a 10 point, 5 assist, 6 turnover effort and the team finished 2 for 11 from the three-point line. Not the way to play on the road if you're hoping for any kind of win.
The Buffaloes get a week off to lick their wounds and figure out what went wrong before the return to the Coors Event Center for the next three games. The Buffs are going to have to get three wins in their next three games to reasonably stay in the hunt. Utah (who put up a much better fight against the Sun Devils) is up first on Saturday followed by Washington State on Wednesday and Washington the following Sunday.