Colorado Buffaloes: Three Thoughts on Colorado-Auburn

  1. We knew Josh Scott was good, but he looks like he’s improved more than a returning First Team All-League player should have any right to improve. After putting up 21 and 11 against Drexel in Colorado’s opener, Scott was dominant against Auburn late-night in Boulder. He had 17 and 9, despite taking just 6 shots, and Auburn players were clearly not comfortable going to the rack his presence looming large. Scott will be able to bully most of the post men he sees this season, and we knew he could ball, but if his averages are around 20 and 10 this year, Colorado won’t just challenge to be the best team after Arizona in the Pac-12, they could give Arizona a run.
  1. Tad Boyle is the most underappreciated coach in the country. The energy Colorado showed on defense was incredible. Auburn is not a particularly good offensive team, but Colorado gave them absolutely nothing. The defense obviously drew praise in the second half when they held Auburn without a field goal for over 10 minutes, but was almost as good before shots went up in the first half. The beastly glasswork of Cinmeon Bowers kept Auburn in the game; otherwise they would have been in the mid-20s in the first half. Boyle’s team came out in the second half and boxed out much better, proving that the coach can adjust in addition to game planning. There’s little reason to worry these rebounding problems will plague Colorado all season, they have the size and athleticism to dominate the glass. Tad Boyle has his team ready for the season, and it’s absolutely crazy that they are unranked to start it.
  1. Askia Booker had a rough night, especially in the first half. He was scoreless and had just 2 assists at the break, and finished with 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. There is a ton of talent and athleticism on this roster, but they can get wild at times. Colorado doesn’t need Booker to be spectacular, but they are a team that would be especially helped by consistent point guard play. Booker did a better job starting the break than he did in the half court today, which is encouraging, but the difference between Colorado just being happy to get a Tournament bid and fighting towards the second weekend.