Look, we are all watching a random preseason game in an empty stadium in Kansas because we love Colorado Basketball. There are a lot of reasons to love Colorado Basketball, past the emotional. Tad Boyle is a great coach, Evan Battey is a great man, and McKInley Wright is one of the best college players ever in the state. In this game against the old Big 8 foe Kansas State, Wright showed why is one of the best.
The game started very slow for the Colorado Buffaloes. No one could hit any shots and there was zero movement on the offensive side of the ball. The score was 22-9 at one point before things started to happen. A flagrant foul against McKinley occurred simultaneously with a shooting foul against the Kansas State Wildcats. The four straight free throws, plus the ball, seemed to be the catalyst for the rest of the team. We saw an angry team that seemed to be a half-step quicker on defense and a little more coordinated on offense. Some contributions from Jeriah Horne and Jabari Walker (how fun is he???) meant that CU cut the deficit to 31-30 at halftime.
in the second half, the gloves came off. Eli Parquet came alive on offense and continued his great defense against some lethal Kansas State guards, Maddox Daniels continued to gun it (mostly unsuccessfully on his way to 10 points), and the engine that is McKInley Wright went into 5th gear. His defense was faultless, he rebounded with the big guys, and pulled every trick out of his big to humiliate and abuse Nigel Pack and the rest of the Wildcats.
24 points, 10-16 shooting, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and only two turnovers. That is unreal. That is disgusting.
It is because of McKInley Wright that the Buffs are 2-0 after two road games, no small feat. They will have two conference games next, pending COVID clearance, at Arizona and hosting Washington State, before hitting the non-conference circuit again.
Enjoy your McKInley Wright while you can, Buff fans.