Ryan Thorburn of the Boulder Daily Camera answered five questions about the struggling Buffs for us. Here they are:
1. Tad Boyle said Tuesday that he thought the team had moved on from the Arizona loss, but were not over it. Do you agree with that?
Yes. They moved on against Arizona State by getting off to a 17-4 start in that game. Their two losses since Sabatino Chen’s game-winning shot was overturned were not because they have a hangover from Tucson. But they aren’t over what happened in the sense that it could cost them in March when NCAA Tournament bids are handed out. Boyle does a good job of using snubs (like not making the NCAA Tournament two years ago or being picked to finish tied for 10th in last year’s preseason media poll) to motivate his players.
Those are the two issues the coaches have been harping on and they are fixable. CU defended and rebounded well during a 6-0 November, which included winning the Charleston Classic. Sometimes it’s just hard to get young players (Boyle has four true freshmen in the rotation) to do it every night. The Buffs have also cost themselves several games with poor free throw shooting (65.7 percent for the season).
I think they match up pretty well. Spencer Dinwiddie (6-6) and Chen (6-4) are good defenders. Askia Booker is very quick and seems to enjoy challenges like this. CU has frustrated some terrific guards (Baylor’s Pierre Jackson, Murray State’s Isaiah Canaan, Colorado State’s Wes Eikmeier) this season on the defensive end.
Boyle isn’t pleased with the shot selection but he also doesn’t want to give Booker a red light because the sophomore shooting guard can be so clutch in big games. Booker mixes it up with 3-pointers, floaters in the paint, fade away jumpers and drives to the basket.