The Rumblings of a Deranged Buffalo: My Massive Basketball Preview 2014-15: Keeping it Real - This is Ben's incredible, massive opus. Must read for Buffs fans.
It is. I’m blessed every day I come to work. I look at the flatirons and I see how beautiful Boulder is and our campus—what a special place this is to work, what a great institution the University of Colorado is. And I’m very thankful. I feel the same way today and I’m as excited today as the day we had our press conference here when I was hired. I’m very fortunate to be the head coach at Colorado, it’s something I don’t take lightly. I love it.
There was a time - five years ago, to be precise - when winning on a consistent basis at Colorado appeared almost improbable and getting fans to regularly attend downright difficult. 5 photos + caption Then in stepped coach Tad Boyle, who has the program reaching heights that were once hard to imagine.
The Buffs already have worked toward replacing their leading scorer and NBA draft pick Spencer Dinwiddie after he went down with an ACL injury in the beginning of Pac-12 play. Guard Askia Booker (13.7 ppg, 3.3 apg), forward Josh Scott (14.1 ppg, 8.4 rpg) and swing-man Xavier Johnson (12 ppg, 5.9 rpg) lead the way for Colorado, who should be a serious contender for a NCAA tournament bid.
In this middle ground segment, we break down Colorado basketball through the numbers, a favorite topic of mine on social media outlets and on this blog. The focus will be on several key statistics that the Buffs must improve on to take that next step into becoming an NCAA Tournament threat to advance, as well as some other numbers that I think you all will find interesting.
The story of Askia Booker is no less known, particularly after the Daily Camera’s Brian Howell authored his poignant profile on Booker a year ago. Growing up in the inner-city, Booker was exposed to all of urban society’s ills, short comings and treacherous temptations. Through basketball, he found a way to navigate his own path, to author his story and own his future.
"We're going to keep going at it hard," Lindsay said when asked if it would be hard for the Buffs to continue to hold things together over the final three weeks of the season, including a bye week this week. " We're going to keep going at it like we're going to a bowl game because we will be in a bowl game. We'll be in a bowl game next year for sure.
Afterward, MacIntyre stated emphatically that Liufau is still his quarterback, despite the turnover issues. Colorado has an open date this coming weekend and Liufau, if healthy, is expected to start in its next game, Nov. 22 at Oregon. However, MacIntyre did acknowledge after the game that Liufau "needs to play better."
The Buffs are taking their lumps and seem destined for a winless season in Pac-12 play. That doesn't exactly scream progress, but there is still a feeling that Colorado seems headed in the right direction. Before landing at CU in 2013, Mike MacIntyre had two losing seasons in three years at San Jose State (1-11, 5-7) before he turned the Spartans into a Top 25 team in Year 3. Patience is owed.
Turns out Liufau was the second Buffs' signal caller to score his first career touchdown on a reception. Plati reports that David Williams caught a 73-yard pass for a touchdown from tailback Billy Waddy versus Iowa State in Boulder on Oct. 6, 1973.
Colorado has essentially been in a constant state of rebuilding since the disastrous end to the 2005 season, but for the first time the progress feels real, like it means something, like there's something substantial there.
Foundation is there in Boulder: This isn’t exactly a new revelation, but even though Colorado is winless in the Pac-12 (0-7) you can tell that second-year coach Mike MacIntyre has built a solid foundation for the program to grow from. No one wants to be the best 2-8 team in the country, but Colorado is that team. Every week, the Buffaloes seem to start competitive, only to fall off as the game goes on. Chalk that up to inexperience. They have a long way to go, but the progress is apparent -- even if it hasn’t resulted in wins.
Colorado is likely not going to climb into the upper half of the recruiting rankings in the conference until they can climb into the upper half of the conference in terms of winning on the field. Until then, Mike MacIntyre and his staff are going to keep doing what they are doing and working to find players that can develop into much better players in college than they are in high school like Aaron Haigler. I think the Buffs have the right man for the job. It's just not going to be an easy job to pull off.