The Colorado Buffaloes took on the No. 4 Arizona Wildcats at home in a game that would’ve boosted their tournament seeding tremendously, but wasn’t a must-win for the team. That much was obvious as Colorado was outmatched and outplayed by Arizona.
Arizona’s Aaron Gordon scored 23 points, Nick Johnson scored 20 points, Gabe York had 10 rebounds and T.J. McConnell had 10 assists; only two players for the Buffaloes, Josh Scott and Askia Booker, scored into double digits. Scott was the only player who seemed to show up for Colorado, as they were blown out by a far superior Wildcats team 88 – 61.
The Buffaloes were one of the most surprising teams to start the 2013 – 14 college basketball season with a huge win over the then-No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks, but have looked lost without Spencer Dinwiddie. Since he tore his ACL against the Washington Huskies, Colorado has gone from 14 – 2 to 20 – 8, which, although the record doesn’t seem that bad, does not bode well for the 2014 NCAA tournament.
Colorado is in the tournament; there is no question surrounding that. However, when you look at its wins since Dinwiddie’s injury, the Buffaloes will need a miracle to make it to the Sweet Sixteen. Their wins since Dinwiddie’s injury have come against the lower teams in the PAC-12. When they played top PAC-12 teams like the UCLA Bruins and Arizona they were dominated. The Buffaloes are a talented team, but they haven’t shown that they are a legitimate tournament threat since Dinwiddie was injured.
It’s a shame that such a good team has fallen so far due to the injury of one key player like Dinwiddie, but Colorado has a few more games until tournament time. Hopefully the Buffaloes figure out how to win against good teams without him, but it’s probably not going to happen.