The Colorado Buffaloes put together an inconsistent effort tonight beating Texas Southern 56-51. It was a tale of two halves. In the first half, the Buffaloes played great defense and the offense was patient, making smart decisions. In the second half, they looked lost and didn't know how to beat Texas Southern's defense. Colorado got the win, but this game strengthened their case that they cannot score efficiently against any defense besides man to man. That needs to change if Colorado wants to have success in conference play. As for individual performances, Spencer Diniwiddie led the way with 18 points and Andre Roberson and Carlon Brown each put in 11 points.
Things the Buffaloes did well: Against the zone in the first half, Colorado shot the ball better than previous games and worked the ball around the perimeter waiting for their right shot. Spencer Dinwiddie showed off his game changing abilities shooting 5-6 from behind the arc and continues to improve. The defense in the first half was exceptional only allowing 16 points. Andre Roberson was incredible on the glass putting up 16 rebounds. He continues to impress each game and is one of the best rebounders in the nation.
Things the Buffaloes struggled with: The Buffaloes came out lackadaisical in the second half and turned a blowout into a close game. Their transition defense really struggled in the the second half and the players were more concerned with making a play on the ball rather than getting back on defense, allowing easy baskets. Colorado struggled on offense throughout the second half dealing with Texas Southern's press and a half-court trap defense. They would play into the trap defense rather than using all of the floor. The turnovers hurt the Buffaloes as well, turning it over 21 times. Along with the turnovers, the shot selection and decision making were poor in the second half. Players continue to make low basketball IQ moves such as driving baseline or jumping in the air without knowing what they are going to do next. The free throw shooting was inconsistent, going 12-20 from the line. Overall, the key thing the Buffaloes need for the upcoming conference play is consistency and they need to make smarter decisions. If they can play at a consistent level and not commit sloppy turnovers, they'll be a much better team.
Up Next: The Buffaloes play the 1-4 New Orleans Privateers on the 28th, a contest that shouldn't bring any trouble for the Buffaloes. The Buffaloes need to come out like they did in the first half against Texas Southern and continue that pace into the second half and they should get the easy victory.