Colorado Buffaloes : CBI Storylines

Just when you thought the basketball season was over, Colorado announced on Sunday night that they would accept, well forcibly pay their way for a bid in the CBI Tournament. The CBI, short for College Basketball Invitational, is one of the lesser known postseason tournaments in the world college basketball. It normally intermingles solid, underrated mid major teams along with less dominant teams from the Power Five Conferences. This year, unfortunately, the Buffaloes are the only program from a power conference, so the opportunity/expenditure does not have the ‘authentic postseason tournament’ feel, and it doesn’t help that may cost the University of Colorado at least $310,000. Nevertheless, it still an opportunity to squeeze a few more basketball games from this season. It is also the first indicator of what the 2015-16 season will look like. So, what’s in store for the Buffaloes in the College Basketball Invitational? Let’s take a look.

The Field: Colorado, Deleware State, Eastern Michigan, Gardner Webb, Hofstra, Loyola Chicago, Mercer, Oral Roberts, Pepperdine, Radford, Rider, Seattle, Stony Brook, UC Santa Barbra, UL Monroe, and Vermont. (If you’ve heard of seven or more of these schools, give yourself a pat on the back.) The full bracket can be found here.

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.ralphiereport.com/buffaloes-basketball/2015/3/18/8225087/colorado-basketball-cbi-tournament-preview

Final Bracketology 3/15/15

Final Bracketology for March 15th, 2015

1 2 3 4
 Kentucky Virginia Maryland Baylor
 Villanova  Arizona Iowa St. Utah
 Duke  Kansas Oklahoma Louisville
 Wisconsin  Gonzaga Notre Dame North Carolina
5 6 7 8
Wichita St. West Virginia SDSU Iowa
Northern Iowa Arkansas VCU Dayton
Georgetown Michigan St. Butler NC State
 Providence SMU Xavier Oregon
9 10 11 12
St. John’s Colorado St. Oklahoma St. Wofford
 Cincinnati Purdue Texas Stephen F. Austin
Ohio St. BYU LSU Buffalo
Davidson Georgia Boise State Wyoming
Temple
Mississippi*
13 14 15 16
 Georgia St. UC Irvine New Mexico St. Hampton
 Valparaiso North Dakota St. Eastern Washington North Florida
Harvard UAB Belmont Manhattan
 Northeastern Albany Coastal Carolina Texas Southern 
       Lafayette
 Robert Morris
Last Four In First Four Out Next Five Out
LSU  Indiana Connecticut
 Boise St.  Miami Murray St.
Temple UCLA Iona
 Mississippi Old Dominion Stanford
  Pittsburg

Note: *If UConn wins the AAC Tournament, they replace Mississippi as final bid

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Bracketology 3/11/15

Bracketology for March 11th, 2015

1 2 3 4
 Kentucky Wisconsin Maryland Baylor
 Virginia  Arizona Iowa St. Utah
 Duke  Kansas Oklahoma Louisville
 Villanova  Gonzaga Notre Dame North Carolina
5 6 7 8
Wichita St. West Virginia SDSU Ohio St.
Northern Iowa Arkansas VCU St. John’s
Georgetown Providence Michigan St. Dayton
 Butler SMU Iowa Georgia
9 10 11 12
Oregon Colorado St. Oklahoma St. Wofford
 Cincinnati LSU Boise St. Stephen F. Austin
NC State Xavier Temple Valparaiso
Davidson Mississippi Purdue Texas
BYU Indiana
13 14 15 16
 Georgia St. UC Davis  Albany Lafayette 
 Louisiana Tech North Dakota St. North Florida Coastal Carolina
Central Michigan Eastern Washington Belmont Manhattan
 Northeastern Yale NC Central  Texas Southern 
       New Mexico St.
 Robert Morris
Last Four In First Four Out Next Five Out
Purdue  Texas A&M Illinois
 BYU  Tulsa UCLA
Texas Miami Murray St.
 Indiana Old Dominion Iona
  Pittsburg

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Bracketology 3/10/15

Bracketology for March 10th, 2015

1 2 3 4
 Kentucky Wisconsin Maryland Baylor
 Virginia  Arizona Iowa St. Utah
 Duke  Kansas Oklahoma Louisville
 Villanova  Gonzaga Notre Dame North Carolina
5 6 7 8
Wichita St. West Virginia SDSU Ohio St.
Northern Iowa Arkansas VCU St. John’s
Georgetown Providence Michigan St. Dayton
 Butler SMU Iowa Georgia
9 10 11 12
Oregon Colorado St. Oklahoma St. Wofford
 Cincinnati LSU Boise St. Stephen F. Austin
NC State Xavier Temple Valparaiso
Davidson Mississippi Purdue Texas
BYU Indiana
13 14 15 16
 Georgia St. UC Davis  Eastern Washington Lafayette 
 Louisiana Tech South Dakota St. North Florida Coastal Carolina
Central Michigan Manhattan Belmont Albany 
 Northeastern Yale NC Central  Texas Southern 
       New Mexico St.
 St. Francis (NY)
Last Four In First Four Out Next Five Out
Purdue  Texas A&M Stanford
 BYU  UCLA Miami
Texas  Tulsa Murray St.
 Indiana Illinois Pittsburg
  Old Dominion

Colorado Basketball Week 16: One Last Road Trip

Colorado concluded regular season play with another decent performance on the road. While they managed to pick up a win at Washington, the Buffaloes were not able to complete the road sweep, as they fell to WSU down the stretch. That being said, this week left the fans with more sweet than bitter taste, as it looks CU has at least some shot to make a solid performance in the Pac-12 Tournament. But before we take to the road for Vegas, let’s take a look back at the last week in regular season play for the Buffaloes.

The Washington Recap: Neither the Huskies nor the Buffaloes started hot, as the Buffaloes only led 10-6 nearly ten minutes into the game. However Colorado slowly shook out the cobwebs thanks to an impressive first half performance by Josh Scott. In the first 20 minutes of the game, Scott singlehandedly took over and dropped 14 points, which allowed CU to go into halftime with a 30-17 lead. To start the second period, the Buffs allowed the Huskies to climb back into the game by not covering a hot Andrew Andrews from deep. However unlike games earlier this season, Colorado kept their composure and held onto the lead. After Washington dropped into a zone, the Buffaloes adapted uncharacteristically well. The point guards drove the lane and dished to the shooters. The wings drove the baseline hard and found cutters to the middle for several two handed dunks. Once Colorado figured out how to break UW’s defense, it was all over. Colorado won 64-47.

The Washington State Recap: Against Washington State, the Buffs came out hot from deep. The only problem is WSU did as well. The Cougars managed to outshoot the Buffaloes from deep and build up a small lead. That being said, Askia Booker and Josh Scott did all they could to keep Colorado competitive. Nevertheless, at halftime WSU led 45-38. For most of the second half, the Buffaloes played catch up. But eventually their no quit attitude allowed them to take a 73-72 lead with 4:32 to play. Yet, the Cougars managed to tie the game up with one second left. In overtime, WSU’s hot shooting from deep gave them a six point lead right away. That was the final dagger for Colorado, as they were not able to come back. In the final game of the regular season, the Buffs lost 91-96.

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.ralphiereport.com/2015/3/9/8170865/colorado-basketball-week-16-one-last-road-trip

Bracketology 3/8/15

Bracketology for March 8th, 2015

1 2 3 4
 Kentucky Wisconsin Maryland Baylor
 Virginia  Arizona Iowa St. Utah
 Duke  Kansas Oklahoma Louisville
 Villanova  Gonzaga Notre Dame North Carolina
5 6 7 8
Wichita St. West Virginia SDSU Ohio St.
Northern Iowa Arkansas VCU St. John’s
Georgetown Providence Michigan St. Dayton
 Butler SMU Iowa Georgia
9 10 11 12
Oregon Colorado St. Oklahoma St. Iona
 Cincinnati LSU Boise St. Wofford
NC State Xavier Temple Stephan F. Austin
Davidson Mississippi Texas BYU
Purdue Indiana
13 14 15 16
 Valparaiso UC Davis  Eastern Washington Lafayette 
 Louisiana Tech South Dakota St. North Florida Coastal Carolina
Central Michigan Georgia St. Belmont Albany 
 William & Mary Yale NC Central  Texas Southern 
       New Mexico St.
 St. Francis (NY)
Last Four In First Four Out Next Five Out
Texas  Texas A&M Stanford
 Purdue  UCLA Miami
BYU  Tulsa Murray St.
 Indiana Illinois Pittsburg
  Old Dominion

Colorado Basketball Week 15: The Last Days of Ski Booker

Despite getting blown out to Arizona last Thursday night, the Buffs managed to make up for it with their win over Arizona State on Sunday. However more important than the win is the fact that the ASU marked the final game Askia Booker would ever play in the Coors Event Center. It is no doubt the end of an era that ever Buff fan will never forget. Thankfully, the Buffs came together to deliver when it matter most for Booker.

The Arizona Recap: The Buffs were overmatched and overwhelmed. Right out the gate Arizona took over, and displayed why they deserve to be a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament. Colorado never had a chance to lead once during the game. That being said, the Buffs fought all they could. However, it wasn’t enough. At halftime the Wildcats led the Buffaloes 37-25. It only got worse from there. In the second half, Colorado decided not to cover Gabe York and that ended horribly. Still, the Arizona six man was only one of their problems. The Buffs had absolutely no control of this game, it was a runaway train that trampled the entire herd. When the dust settled Arizona strolled out with a 82-54 win.

The ASU Recap: On senior night the Buffs came to play. Even though CU began the game a little foggy brained, they managed to pull it together. Colorado took their first lead of the game five minutes with a deep three from none other than Askia Booker, to put the Buffs up 8-6. The Buffs quickly lost that lead but fought their way back into the game, and with 8:31 remaining Dustin Thomas cranked down an emphatic dunk to give CU a 19-18 lead. Colorado cherished this lead much more. Each time ASU would knock on the door, Colorado fended them off. At the half the CU led 40-38. The Buffs started off the second half firing on all cylinders and built up their lead behind Askia Booker’s star performance. Still, no matter how much CU led by, the Sun Devils always came back. In the final minutes of the game, the refs took the game over and ASU stole back the lead, 72-70. Suddenly the long forgotten beast, Josh Scott, awoke. Down the stretch, Scott hit a crucial and one to give the Buffs the lead again, blocked a shot to protect CU’s narrow lead, and tipped in a missed free throw to seal the win by putting CU up by five with less than a minute to play. In the end CU won 87-81.

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.ralphiereport.com/buffaloes-basketball/2015/3/4/8131555/colorado-basketball-week-15-the-last-days-of-ski-booker