A Chance to Save a Positive Road Trip Awaits CU Enthusiasts in Washington State – Colorado Daily
SEATTLE — Even in the best-case scenario, in which the Colorado Buffaloes jump through February to make a playoff push, Thursday night’s loss to Washington was one to haunt a club.
Yet, as head coach Tad Boyle is quick to point out, no matter how bad it stings, there’s nothing that can be done about something now squarely in the rearview mirror. Nothing, that is, except start putting some wins on the board.
The up-and-down Buffs will look to end their three-game road trip with another triumphant high to balance the modest loss in Washington between the two as CU wraps up their regular-season streak against Washington State on Sunday night . CU is set to play again without starting forward Tristan da Silva, who is sidelined with an illness Boyle called Saturday “COVID-related.”
This will be the fourth time in five games that the Buffs have been without one of their starters, with senior guard Elijah Parquet missing both home dates last week against USC and UCLA before quitting. the bench in Tuesday’s win over Oregon. On Saturday, Boyle didn’t believe any other CU players would be sidelined.
“It’s just about the next game,” Boyle said. “I don’t watch road trips or swings at home. We just have to figure out the next game, and for us, it’s Washington State. Even if you want to look back, that Washington loss is sure to haunt us as the season unfolds. There’s no two ways, but there’s nothing we can do about it now. You pick up the pieces and move on and try to improve and not worry about everything else. Teams that can do that and just focus on the next game, the rest takes care of itself.
The turnover-prone Buffs will once again have to perform against one of the strongest defenses in the Pac-12, though the Cougars have yet to be tested thoroughly in league play.
In championship games, Washington State ranks first in points allowed per game (58.4), third in defensive field goal percentage (.404), and first in defensive 3-point percentage (.254). ). The Cougars are also third in the league in forcing turnovers, which could be a problem for a Buffs team that has committed at least 16 turnovers in four straight games.
However, Washington State has only played seven Pac-12 games so far and has only played one game against the other top four Pac-12 teams by NET ranking – Arizona, UCLA, USC and Oregon (WSU suffered a two-point loss at home to USC on Dec. 4).
“Our guys are resilient. They’ve shown it time and time again this year,” Boyle said. “And I just feel like with Evan Battey we have great leadership. I’m not worried about our rebound or our emotional state. We just have to play better. And we have to play more consistently. I think that’s the problem when you watch this team go through this season, it’s just the lack of consistency.
“Shooting basketball is one thing. You are always going to have ups and downs on this. What we had, but everyone has that. But it’s the consistency in terms of our rebounding that’s the big thing. We passed Washington by 20 at home and went down seven at home. That’s what’s frustrating, the lack of consistency. It’s not like we don’t have enough talent or aren’t good enough. It’s that we’re not consistent enough.
Men’s Basketball CU Buffs at Washington State Cougars
ADVICE: Sunday, 8 p.m. MT, Beasley Coliseum, Pullman, Wash.
DISSEMINATE: Television—Fox Sports 1; Radio—850 AM and 94.1 FM.
RECORDS: Colorado 13-7, 5-5 Pac-12 Conference; Washington State 11-7, 4-3.
COACHES: Colorado — Tad Boyle, 12th season (246-150, 302-216 overall); washington state — Nick Smith, 3rd season (41-36, 205-158 overall).
KEY PLAYERS: Colorado – F Jabari Walker, So., 14.0 ppg, 8.6 rpg; F Evan Battey, R-Sr., 12.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, .524 field goal percentage; G Keesawn Barthelemy, R-So., 11.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.7 apg. washington state – G Michael Flowers, Gr., 12.7 ppg, , 3.6 rpg, 3.0 apg; G Noah Williams, Jr., 11.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg; G Tyrell Roberts, R-Jr., 11.0 pages.
REMARKS: Washington State posted a home win over Utah on Wednesday. It was the Cougars’ first game in 11 days after COVID postponements the previous week against Oregon Schools…Four players scored in double digits for the Buffs in their 83-78 home win over WSU on 6 January. Battey led the way by going 7 for 8 with 20 points. Roberts led WSU with 25 points despite going 3 for 10 on 3-pointers… CU went 68 for 81 (.840) from the free throw line the past four games… The Buffs posted a comeback win at WSU last year but lost in their three previous visits to Pullman… CU returns home for three straight games, starting with Oregon on Thursday (8 p.m. FS1).