The Buffs looked like one of the top 20 teams in the country. After the injury to Dinwiddie, they now look like a bubble team at best. Against the UCLA Bruins, the Buffaloes had no rhythm on offense. The Bruins do not play a lot of man-to-man in defense and yet the Buffs, who struggle to score from deep even with Dinwiddie, could not score.
Leading all scorers was Askia Booker, which was a no-brainer. Booker was the only consistent backcourt player for the Buffs, scoring 21 points on just 11 shots. Forward Josh Scott had 19 of his own points on just 12 shots while going 5-6 from the line.
However, Dinwiddie’s presence alone was missed as open shots turned into contested jumpers. He allowed the Buffs to improvise on offense and run more pick-and-roll sets. Now that he’s out, coach Tad Boyle must find a way to get Booker and Scott their touches without having guys draped all over them.
The Buffaloes’ season turned into the subject of Friday Night Lights’ plot: a team with amazing potential who lost their best player. The question is, can they still compete night-in and night-out?
John Lloyd is a Pac-12 Basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JohnHLloydIII