In the only showdown between top-25 teams, the Cowboys and Buffaloes meet in Las Vegas in the MGM Grand Showcase. Oklahoma State's lone loss was against Memphis in the Old Spice Classic. Colorado has rattled off 10 consecutive wins since starting the season with a loss to No. 15 Baylor. Two potent backcourts will face off. NBA prospect Marcus Smart powers Oklahoma State; Colorado is led by 6-6 catalyst Spencer Dinwiddie. Our pick: Oklahoma State
"It feels good just to be back and play," said Gordon, who missed two games after suffering a concussion on Dec. 3 against Colorado State. "I got to do some workouts and things and just didn't hop right into it. It was good. That was the upside of it."
How did Memphis beat Oklahoma St? In the first game of the season Oklahoma St. got out in transition and subsequently took 42.6% of their shots at the rim, it also didn’t hurt that Memphis couldn’t hit an outside shot to save their lives (23.1% from three).
It certainly won't be easy. Oklahoma State is rightly considered a top-10 team, possessing some of the best talent in the country, with a solid chance of making a Final Four this season. That's not to say CU is completely out-classed, however. In fact, we in BuffNation need to get used to the fact that the program belongs on this stage.
That said, the Pac-12 is far from a two-team league: Colorado has won 10 in a row since losing to Baylor on the first day of the season, a run that included a 75-72 win over Kansas. UCLA has shown it will be a tough out in Steve Alford's first season.
The senior guard sat on the shoulders of fans and cheered with all of them after the Buffs' stunning 75-72 upset of the Jayhawks. In his third year with the 20th-ranked Buffs (10-1), Gamble doesn't get a ton of playing time, but he's got a Pac-12 championship ring, played his first minutes as a Buff in historic Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan., last season and then had that glorious moment on Dec. 7.
Last week, I went to Colorado's victory over Elon College and wrote both a Field House blog and a feature story on Buffaloes' forward Xavier Johnson. The victory was Colorado's 10th consecutive, and it came up that it was the first time the Buffs had won that many in a row since 1961.
Booker's only real issue lies in differentiating between a good shot and a bad one. He takes the shot on 32.4 percent of his available possessions, per Pomeroy. That's 14 points higher than his supremely efficient backcourt mate Spencer Dinwiddie. Dinwiddie's 67.5 true shooting percentage dwarfs Booker's 46.7. Nothing wrong with being aggressive, but Booker's taken 49 threes already in this young season. He's made 13 (26.5 percent). His three-point attempts constitute nearly 40 percent of his total field-goal attempts. Finally, he's taken more threes than freshman forward Wesley Gordon has taken overall shots.
If safeties-free, all-balls performances like 17 points as a freshman in the NCAA Tournament, or a sizzling domination of a non-conference run in Charleston as a sophomore didn’t let you in on the secret, let me clue you in: Askia Booker was born to get buckets. Important buckets. Season-defining buckets.
It was good, it was definitely good was being echoed throughout the room. Then it began, the slow walk toward the TV, the room was hushed, the volume was cranked and everybody was gathered around a 52 inch high-definition TV.
Colorado football's 2014 recruiting class received its first two letters-of-intent with junior college long snapper Wyatt Tucker Smith and defensive back Ahkello Witherspoon, head coach Mike MacIntyre announced via a news release on Thursday.
The No. 9 moment of 2013 is Paul Richardson's junior season. The wide receiver set numerous CU records and declared for the NFL Draft.
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