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Thursday, January 20, 2011
CU MEN'S BASKETBALL
I am probably too much of a purist and perfectionist when it comes to basketball, but watching the University of Colorado-Boulder team can be very frustrating. We attended the home game versus Oklahoma State University and watched their latest game played at Nebraska. My bleacher-analysis is quite simple: when they play team-ball, they win; when the play me-ball, they lose. They were very fortunate to pull out the win over OSU; they fell behind by 12, but managed a comeback that was aided by the officials calling lots of fouls when CU would take it to the basket. I don't remember the numbers, but know that CU shot a whole lot more free-throws that OSU. Such was not the case in Nebraska - the officiating was much more reserved, and whenever CU would force the ball toward the basket, they almost invariably turned it over. CU has two or three players that might get drafted by an NBA team, and unfortunately they sometimes get carried away with their own game rather than the team's game. Against OSU and particularly against Nebraska, Higgins and Burks would try to drive and be met by two or three or four defenders, and rather than looking for the obvious open teammate, would continue and either put up a wild shot or lose the ball. Another thing that drives me crazy is when a me-ball player leading a three-on-one fast break, which should be an automatic layup, pulls up at about 12 feet for a jumper. Such play would earn some bench time on my team!!