NCAA BK

Thu, Mar 7, 2013 - 9:00 PM ET
Game Recap
 

Colorado crushes No. 19 Oregon

Share This Story

   
 

BOULDER, Colo. (AP)

Spencer Dinwiddie has been defying his coach's orders and looking at bracketology projections — in the middle of class, even.

The swift Colorado guard just can't help studying the reports, wondering what seed his team might draw. He thinks the Buffaloes have proven they belong in the NCAA tournament, especially after a 76-53 win over No. 19 Oregon on Thursday night.

The Buffaloes (20-9, 10-7 Pac-12) improved to 4-2 against Top 25 teams this season. They even dismantled the Ducks while playing without the nation's leading rebounder, Andre Roberson, who sat out with a viral illness.

Surely, that's good enough to get the Buffs in, right?

Don't bank on anything just yet. Colorado coach Tad Boyle certainly won't.

He remembers all too clearly two years ago when he thought the Buffs were a lock to make the tournament, only to be left out. The sting of that disappointment has him looking only at the task at hand: a game against Oregon State on Saturday to close out the regular season and then the conference tournament.

As for whether his team has done enough to impress the selection committee, Boyle will never think his team has done enough until he sees Colorado in the field.

''Wish I could say yes,'' Boyle said. ''All I know is obviously our body of work is much better this year than it was two years ago. I still feel badly for that team two years ago. I've talked about it with the guys ... all those guys were in my living room when that day occurred.

FOXIEST FANS

Check out the FOXiest fans from arenas across the country and tweet us your photo.

''It's important we finish strong.''

No one realizes that more than the Ducks (23-7, 12-5), who were thwarted in their bid for an outright conference title.

Now, they've fallen into a first-place tie with UCLA, but the Ducks hold the tiebreaker after beating the Bruins in their only meeting in January.

Oregon has a chance to wrap up at least a share of its first league crown since 2002, along with the No. 1 seed for the Pac-12 tournament, with a win at Utah on Saturday.

''We have to bounce back quickly,'' Oregon coach Dana Altman said. ''We still have half a championship to play for.''

Freshman Xavier Johnson stepped up in Roberson's absence, scoring a career-high 22 points on a nearly perfect night. Johnson hit all seven of his shots, including three 3-pointers. His only miss was a free throw, finishing 5 of 6 from the line.

''Trying step my game up with Andre out,'' Johnson said.

He was far from alone. After all, the Buffs were without Roberson's 11.5 rebounds and 10.8 points a game.

Little-used backups Xavier Talton and Jeremy Adams played big minutes as they helped pick up the slack in Roberson's absence. Adams' thunderous dunk early in the second half gave the Buffs a 52-29 lead and brought the capacity crowd to its feet. So loud were the fans that Oregon players went on playing right through an official's whistle for a timeout.

Moments after play resumed, Shane Harris-Tunks crumbled to the floor after being bumped by Waverly Austin, who drew a flagrant foul. Dinwiddie made both free throws.

From there, the Buffs cruised to the victory as they reached the 20-win mark for the seventh time in school history, including three straight seasons under Boyle.

Colorado beat Oregon 48-47 last month, snapping the Ducks' 20-game home-court winning streak. This was the Buffs' second sweep of a league foe this season, taking two from Stanford as well.

Roberson was reduced to the role of spectator, clapping on the bench at his team's high-energy performance as he missed just his third start since his freshman year. Even without Roberson, the Buffs still outrebounded the Ducks by a 38-35 margin.

''We all just tried to pitch in,'' said Dinwiddie, who finished with 17 points. ''When Andre goes out, we lose 11 points and 11 rebounds. We knew 11 points and 11 rebounds had to come from someplace else.''

FAB FRESHMEN

Too much too soon? Not for these first-year players.

Boyle isn't sure how long Roberson might be sidelined.

No Roberson actually distracted Ducks forward Arsalan Kazemi.

''Kind of messed up my focus, because I was really ready for Roberson to play and he sat out,'' said Kazemi, who finished with 10 points.

The Ducks had a week off after beating Oregon State to close out a 17-2 campaign at home this season. The break was especially beneficial for freshman guard Damyean Dotson, who fell hard to the court against the Beavers and had to be carried off the court with a hip injury.

Dotson was held to five points against CU.

The Ducks couldn't find any sort of offensive rhythm, shooting just 37.5 percent from the floor and going 9 of 22 from the free-throw line.

''Obviously there's pressure, we want to win the Pac-12 and that was in reach for us,'' E.J. Singler said. ''We just played terrible tonight, bottom line.''

The Buffaloes may have played their best game of the season, with Broncos boss John Elway sitting courtside, no less.

Maybe now, when Dinwiddie checks out the latest bracketology reports in class, CU will be moving up.

''It would be a lie to say we wouldn't think about it like that,'' Dinwiddie said. ''At the same token, we try to win the next game. We have to follow through with what Coach preaches.''

Tagged: Oregon, Colorado, Andre Roberson

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



NCAA BK Videos

Georgetown, Syracuse to renew CBK rivalry Posted: Jun 10, 2014
Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson III on the renewal of the rivalry betw...

Cuonzo Martin new head coach at Cal Posted: Apr 16, 2014
Cuonzo Martin is introduced as Cal's new head coach.

UConn tops Notre Dame in women's final Posted: Apr 09, 2014
Hear from Geno Auriemma and his players after their National Championship victor...

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Nike Florida Gators #1 Replica Elite Basketball Jersey - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Florida_Gators/browse/featuredproduct/885881/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_885000/ff_885881_xl.jpg&w=100 74.95 Nike Florida Gators #1 Replica Elite Basketball Jersey - Black
    Nike Georgetown Hoyas #22 Hyper Elite Road Performance Jersey - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Georgetown_Hoyas/browse/featuredproduct/1030243/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1030000/ff_1030243_xl.jpg&w=100 119.95 Nike Georgetown Hoyas #22 Hyper Elite Road Performance Jersey - Navy Blue
    Nike Duke Blue Devils #5 Tourney Takeover Replica T-Shirt - Duke Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Duke_Blue_Devils/browse/featuredproduct/1032710/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1032000/ff_1032710_xl.jpg&w=100 27.95 Nike Duke Blue Devils #5 Tourney Takeover Replica T-Shirt - Duke Blue
    Nike Oregon Ducks X-Ray Ball T-Shirt - Green http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Oregon_Ducks/browse/featuredproduct/1052002/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1052000/ff_1052002_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Oregon Ducks X-Ray Ball T-Shirt - Green
    Nike Ohio State Buckeyes Road Warrior Tri-blend T-Shirt - Scarlet http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Ohio_State_Buckeyes/browse/featuredproduct/1052645/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1052000/ff_1052645_xl.jpg&w=100 29.95 Nike Ohio State Buckeyes Road Warrior Tri-blend T-Shirt - Scarlet
    Indiana Hoosiers 2013 NCAA Men\'s Basketball Road to March Madness T-Shirt - Crimson http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Indiana_Hoosiers/browse/featuredproduct/1124528/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1124000/ff_1124528_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 Indiana Hoosiers 2013 NCAA Men\'s Basketball Road to March Madness T-Shirt - Cri..
    adidas Louisville Cardinals 2013 March Madness #10 Premier Swingman Jersey - Red http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Louisville_Cardinals/browse/featuredproduct/1127200/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1127000/ff_1127200_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas Louisville Cardinals 2013 March Madness #10 Premier Swingman Jersey - Red
    adidas Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2013 March Madness #45 Premier Swingman Jersey - White http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Notre_Dame_Fighting_Irish/browse/featuredproduct/1127218/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1127000/ff_1127218_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2013 March Madness #45 Premier Swingman Jersey ..
    Nike Gonzaga Bulldogs March Madness Bracketville T-Shirt - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Gonzaga_Bulldogs/browse/featuredproduct/1155821/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1155000/ff_1155821_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Gonzaga Bulldogs March Madness Bracketville T-Shirt - Navy Blue
    Top of the World Miami Hurricanes 2013 NCAA ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament Champions Adjustable Hat – Green http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Miami_Hurricanes/browse/featuredproduct/1177723/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1177000/ff_1177723_xl.jpg&w=100 25.95 Top of the World Miami Hurricanes 2013 NCAA ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament Cham..