Look good, play good. That’s what the Colorado Buffaloes told themselves when they suited up for today’s game against the Utah Utes. On Sox Walseth night, the Buffs wore 1968-69 throwback uniforms that have to be the best look in program history.
Honor The Past ✊ pic.twitter.com/3nfDx4xT62— Colorado Men's Basketball (@CUBuffsMBB) January 12, 2020
Wearing good ole fashioned uniforms, the Buffs gave the Utes a good ole fashioned whooping. They stormed out to a 14-2 lead with every CU starter scoring in those first four minutes. It was clear that the Buffs were there to beat up Utah, probably angry from last weekend’s demoralizing loss to Oregon State.
The Buffs dominated all over the floor. Evan Battey was ravenous as he snatched 6 offensive rebounds in the first half. Colorado’s elite defense held Utah to 33% shooting and Tyler Bey grabbed almost every defensive rebound. With Utah missing everything, the Buffs were able to run off of every miss, where McKinley Wright had a field day picking apart the Utes off the dribble.
Everyone got in on the action for Colorado. Wright and Battey led the way with 11 and 10 points in the half, respectively, but everyone was taking and making their own shots. Ten players suited up for Colorado and all ten scored at least a point in the half. Even Alex Strating, bless his soul, made a free throw after he tried to dunk on someone.
With everything clicking, the Buffs had a 44-22 lead at the break, extended the lead even more in the next ten minutes, and spent the final ten playing the bench.
After Battey and Wright scored the first handful of points, Bey had the the best moment of the game. Wright found him on a fast break alley-oop and he threw it down on some poor Utah defender. That dunk gave CU the 52-24 lead and incited flashbacks to CU superstar Cliff Meely, who rocked these uniforms back in his All-American days.
Throughout the rest of the half, it looked as if CU was trying to prove a point. They build a 30-point lead and they still kept their foot on the petal, like they were trying to win by 40 or 50. I think the point was that they’re not going to let another Oregon State collapse happen again. They’re not going to ease up again, no matter how big the lead.
When the buzzer finally sounded, the Buffs won 91-52. Wright finished with 16 points 8 assists and 7 rebounds. Battey had 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Bey put up 11 and 13, respectively. As a team, they shot 59% from the field, 39% from three, and outrebounded Utah 42-24. With all their offensive rebounds, Colorado made twice as many shots as Utah, 38 to 19. That’s just absurd.
Next up for the Buffs is a crucial road trip to Arizona State (Thursday, 7:00 pm) and Arizona (Saturday, 12:30 pm). The Buffs have already defeated the Sun Devils in a season-opening game in Shanghai; beating them again in Tempe would be another quality win. If they win at Arizona, it would be a statement win that the Buffs will compete for the Pac-12 title.