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Buffaloes can’t overcome hangover, lose to Utah

Colorado starts the new year with a disappointing loss.

NCAA Basketball: Colorado at Utah Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Buffaloes have been known to sleep walk through the opening minutes of their games this season. Today is a new year, and the Buffs were ready to play from the opening tip, but that was all they came to play.

The Buffs started the game with a 10-2 run. From then on, the first half was a game of runs. Unfortunately for the Buffs, all of those runs were Utah’s. In the final 38 minutes of play, Utah outscored the Buffs 74-50 and came away with the 76-60 victory.

Only a couple minutes into the game, Wesley Gordon picked up his second foul of the game. Colorado doesn’t have much depth at big man, so any foul trouble from Gordon can be a death blow to the defense, especially considering the defensive struggles of Gordon’s backups, Lucas Siewert and Tory Miller. Needless to say, once Gordon left the court, so did Colorado’s defense.

The Utes outscored CU 34-19 for the rest of the half to lead 36-29 at the break. Someway, somehow, the second half was even worse for Colorado.

As the defense continued to flounder, Colorado’s offense looked just as bad, if not worse. Derrick White was able to create some points for the offense — he had 15 points and 8 assists — but that was pretty much it for the positives.

You don’t want to read about a blowout and I don’t want to write about one, so let’s just end it here, yeah? Awesome.

Colorado’s next game is at Arizona State on Thursday, January 5th. The game will air at 7:00pm on Pac-12 Networks.