The hiring of Tad Boyle has been the best, and in my opinion, one of the only bright spots for CU Athletic Director Mike Bohn. After piling up the most wins in school history and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season, expectations were higher than normal. On top of last season, Boyle was able to ink a top 15 recruiting class, including two highly touted local kids. The Buffs handled their non-conference business early and found themselves ranked in the top 25 a few games into the season.
Pac 12 conference play for the Buffs opened up last Friday at #3 Arizona, clearly a top team in the country. The Buffs jumped out to a nice lead, but looked helpless as the Wildcats slashed points off the lead until the game was tied 80-80 with 9 seconds to go. One of the Buffs’ only seniors, Monarch High product Sabatino Chen, hoisted a three-pointer, seemingly before time expired, and banked it home for a Buffs win…so we thought, After official review, the basket was discounted, the game went to overtime where the Buffs went 1-9 from the field and ended up losing by 9. Chen’s three being disallowed was controversial as one camera angle seemed to clearly show the ball off his hand before time expired, but that should not have been the take away. The Buffs squandered a 9 point lead with 90 seconds to go with frantic play, and poor free-throw shooting. Arizona is a top 5 team and the Buffs handled themselves in a hostile road environment, the frantic and hurried play can certainly be attributed to the youth of the Buffs, but the poor free-throw shooting is a sure sign of an undisciplined squad. The potential is there for the Buffs, but sporadic play, a lack of poise, and poor free-throw shooting are facets of the team that must be addressed immediately. The Buffs need to grow up quick.