Last year Colorado’s magical postseason journey, one that included winning four games in four days to claim the Pac 12 tournament and then a first round upset over No. 6 UNLV, was ended by the Baylor in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bears used an onslaught of three-pointers, nine from Brady Heslip alone, to win going away 80-63.
Now as the two teams are set to meet again in the semifinals of the Charleston Classic, Colorado is looking forward to exacting some revenge against their former Big 12 foe.
“Love to see it” Tad Boyle said on facing Baylor after Colorado’s opening round 67-57 win over Dayton. “It will be a great opportunity for our guys to redeem themselves that were here last year and some of our new guys to prove themselves because they’re a good basketball team.”
The loss left a sour taste in Colorado’s mouth because they believed that they could have beaten the Bears and if not for Heslip’s career day they might have. Even with Baylor going 11-20 from beyond the arc Colorado was only down by one with 7:50 to play but then Baylor closed the game on a 19-3 run.
It ended the most successful postseason that Colorado had in the history of its program and one of the guys from last year’s team wants a little payback.
“We want Baylor” exclaimed sophomore guard Askia Booker after the Dayton game. “We want revenge.”
Booker was Colorado’s leading scorer against Baylor last year and he is continuing that trend for the Buffs this year. So far through two games he’s averaging 14.5 points and his play sparked Colorado to a win in their opening game of the Charleston Classic. Transitioning from a sixth-man role last year it seems that Booker is the leading candidate to be Colorado’s leading scorer in 2012.
For Colorado to upset Baylor they will have to shore up their rebounding as they gave up 13 offensive rebounds to Dayton. If a team like Baylor gets 13 second-chance opportunities then Colorado does not stand much of a chance. Boyle always stresses defense and rebounding so the players are well aware of what he expects from them against the Bears.
This won’t just be another game for Colorado. They have a grudge to settle and they will look to take full advantage of the opportunity.
David LaRose is one of the featured College Basketball writers for Rant Sports covering the Pac 12 and the University of Colorado. He’s also a member of the U.S. Basketball Writer’s Association of America. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page.