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Colorado Buffaloes’ Big Three Had No Answer For Oklahoma State Cowboys’ Big Three

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The big three of the Oklahoma State Cowboys demolished the Colorado Buffaloes. Marcus Smart, Le’Bryan Nash and Markel Brown make up that big three, combining for 56 points. The Buffs’ defense struggled against the big thre mostly because of Smart’s penetration ability, yet they still maintained a puncher’s chance. The ex-Big-12 Conference members could not keep up with its old rival.

However, Colorado’s big three of Josh Scott, Askia Booker and Spencer Dinwiddie combined for 57 points. Defensively, both teams were a nightmare, but the Oklahoma State’s trio showed their superiority in the win over the Buffaloes, getting Dinwiddie into foul trouble.

Brown led all scorers with 22 points and also dished out 10 assists. Brown and Smart made Dinwiddie’s job on defense a nightmare. He had to play a long time with four fouls, and he had to go up against two good scoring guards. Having to play harder on defense hurt his offensive game a little as he ended up with 18 points. The 78-73 win for the Cowboys showed that their big three out-dueled the Buffaloes’ big three.

This game was a good test for the Buffaloes as Oklahoma State is currently ranked in the top-10 in most polls. Getting ready for Pac-12 Conference play, this tough home test shows more heart than anything. Despite being out-manned and outmatched, the Buffaloes almost created magic.

The big three of Colorado outscored the big three of Oklahoma State, but the Cowboys had a sharpshooter in Phil Forte bring in 14 points of his own, helping to widen the gap and eventually win. Colorado may have won the battle, but they lost the war.

John Lloyd is a PAC-12 Basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JohnHLloydIII

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2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 8 Colorado vs No. 9 Pittsburgh

The Colorado Buffaloes were one of the dark horses for the National Championship early in the season, but an injury to Spencer Dinwiddie halted their dominating stretch of wins. Still managing to secure a No. 8 seed in the South region of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, the Buffaloes will face the also inconsistent No.  9 seed Pittsburgh Panthers on March 20th in a game that features two of college basketball’s biggest wild cards.

Pittsburgh finished fifth in the ACC, but nearly beat the Virginia Cavaliers to advance to the ACC Tournament finals. When Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna are on, they are a potential Elite Eight team; when they’re off, Pitt wouldn’t make it out of the first round of the NIT. The Panthers have a tournament streak in them, but they have to get off to a confident start.

What to Watch For

Josh Scott is playing extremely well for Colorado; he leads the team in points per game and rebounds since Dinwiddie’s injury. However, the Buffaloes will not win unless someone else steps up. Pittsburgh is an all-around talented team that likes to share the ball; Colorado must disrupt that. Patterson and Zanna will be the least of the Buffaloes’ worries if Pitt gets into a groove early on.


Colorado just isn’t the National Title threat that they were earlier in the season after Dinwiddie’s injury. The Buffaloes are a good team, but don’t look cohesive anymore. On the other hand, Pittsburgh looks like they could be catching on at the right moment. Expect big things from the Panthers in the tournament.

Pittsburgh 70, Colorado 60

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