The Colorado Buffaloes are not off to the start they hoped for when Pac 12 conference play began earlier this month. Their conference opener against Arizona could have been a major confidence booster, but instead it seems to be more of a hindrance at this point. After their “win” was called off, the Buffs have lost three of their next five Pac 12 games. That said, they have a chance to make up some ground this weekend.
Colorado is currently 2-4 in conference play, but they host Stanford and Cal this weekend. Their next two opponents are the two teams directly above them in the conference standings and if they can somehow sweep the Bay Area teams, they can jump start their Pac 12 revival.
However, first things first as the Buffs look for some revenge as they host Stanford tonight in Boulder. Last year the Cardinal manhandled the Buffaloes 84-64 in Palo Alto and 74-50 in Boulder with pure physicality and hustle.The most telling stat from the two games was Stanford’s domination on the boards as they won the rebounding battle by a stunning 85-53 margin.
Head coach Tad Boyle says that revenge is for suckers but the way that Stanford beat Colorado in their two meetings last year has stuck with the Buffs throughout the offseason.
“They whipped our ass – there’s no politically correct way to say it,” Boyle told Colorado’s official website. “They whipped it in every way, shape and form. At home, on the road, rebounding, offense, defense, loose balls – you name it.”
Although Boyle will stick by his saying about revenge he knows that Colorado needs to play focused on Thursday night or else they wall victim to a repeat performance from the Cardinal.
“The returning guys remember, but we’re not talking about revenge,” he said. “We are talking about how they manhandled us. And if we don’t come to play and aren’t ready for a physical game, they’ll do it again.”
For Colorado to overcome their two losses from last year, they will need to start shooting the ball with more consistency and hopefully see some big rebounding performances from their post players, Josh Scott and Andre Roberson. Colorado is in the bottom half of the conference in both field goal percentage (7th at 41.5%) and three-point percentage (12th at 25.8%) but returning home should provide a comforting boost to their confidence.
If Colorado wants to make a move up the conference standings than there is no better time than right now. The two teams above them are coming into town and two wins can turn their season around. Revenge may be for suckers, but Colorado will be focused on exacting a bit of it on Thursday night.
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.