There’s nothing sweeter than revenge.
Colorado was able to exercise some demons on Friday as they upset No. 16 Baylor, the team that knocked them out of the NCAA Tournament a season ago, 60-58 in the semifinals of the Charleston Classic. It was a sweet win for the Buffs who felt like they deserved to beat the Bears last year if it wasn’t for a career shooting night by Brady Heslip.
This year it was a different story as Heslip was a non-factor and Colorado’s defense once again stifled Baylor’s offensive weapons. Sophomore guard Spencer Dinwiddie took it upon himself to guard Baylor’s Pierre Jackson who went off for 31 points the night before and it worked out perfectly for the Buffs. Jackson was held to only 12 points as Dinwiddie’s length caused him problems all game long.
On the other side, Colorado was led by another sophomore as Askia Booker had a game high 19 points and continued to hit big shots. So far in Colorado’s three games, all wins, he’s been their most consistent offensive weapon, constantly making tough shots and leading their offensive charge. At the beginning of the season nobody knew quite yet who Colorado’s leading scorer would be but it’s becoming clear that Booker will fill that role.
It was another signature win for head coach Tad Boyle as he picked up his fifth win over over a ranked opponent in just his third season as Colorado’s leading man. Ever since he arrived on campus in 2010 he has done nothing but win en route to turning around a struggling program. I can’t say enough about the job he has done since he became the Buffs head coach and everyone around the nation is starting to take notice.
After this win over a talented Baylor squad, and depending on how they do in the Charleston Classic championship game against Murray State or St. Johns, Colorado could find themselves ranked.
It’s a far cry from what Colorado basketball used to be and it should only get better from here.
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.