The Colorado Buffaloes just got finished beating the Baylor Bears by the score of 60-58. The Buffaloes made quite the run just to make it to the NCAA tournament last season, by winning the Pac-12 Conference tournament, yet they still entered the season very underrated. No one is expecting Colorado to do anything this year. This includes competing for a Pac-12 title. All of the talk is about Arizona and UCLA. Well, with a 3-0 start and a huge victory over a ranked opponent, is Colorado for real?
For the time being, the answer would have to be yes. Colorado held a great Baylor team to just 58 points on the road. Before this game, the Bears were averaging 87 points per game. Corey Jefferson was able to score 17 points in the contest, but Pierre Jackson and Isaiah Austin did not do so well, combining for 20 points. Keep in mind that Jackson was averaging over 20 points alone entering this game. Austin was not too far behind him, averaging 19 points per game.
This game was not a fluke. Not many teams can hold such a good offense to just 58 points. Colorado clearly has a great defense and it proved it in this one. Colorado is allowing under 60 points per game. In fact, it has not allowed a team to score 60 points or more yet this season. Sure, the year just started, but Dayton and Baylor are not easy opponents, and CU beat them both.
Askia Booker led Colorado with 19 points in the game. Booker has been the leading scorer for the Buffaloes so far this season. Sure, Andre Robinson is the future NBA player and gets all of the buzz, but there is plenty of talent on Colorado. Four Buffaloes are averaging more points than Robinson so far this season. All four of those players are averaging 10 or more points per game. However, Robinson is a freak on the defensive side of the ball, averging 10 rebounds per game, 3.5 steals per game and 2 blockes per game.
Colorado is for real and here to stay, so don’t be surprised when this team competes for a Pac-12 title.
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