December 8, 2012

Kansas jumps on CU early and often

LAWRENCE, Kans.- The supposedly revitalized Buffaloes walked into an ambush Saturday afternoon, falling 90-54 to the No. 9 Kansas Jayhawks. Kansas started on a 16-3 run and never looked back with Ben McLemore and his 24 points leading the way.

Tad Boyle's return to his alma mater could have been one of, if not the, biggest win in Colorado history. An emerging program on the road against a former conference foe, eager to show the nation that they were for real and a team to be reckoned with…the story line practically wrote itself.

But Bill Self and his veteran group had other ideas, like giving CU its most lopsided defeat in the Boyle-era. The previous high was also in Lawrence when the Buffs fell 89-63 to a No.1 Kansas team featuring Sherron Collins and company.

"That was an old-fashioned (butt) whooping right there," Boyle said. "There's no other way to put it. Kansas just came out and manhandled us from start to finish and there wasn't anything we could do about it."

Colorado trailed 43-22 at the half but a 7-0 run to start the second half put away any thought that Colorado might fight their way back into the game like their rival Colorado State did in Boulder last Wednesday.

"We couldn't get stops," said Boyle. "We cut it to thirteen in the first half. You can go into halftime down six or seven or your can do down twenty."

That lack of resolve, composure or fight disappointed their coach. Things would get worse as the second act went on, as the lead would increase to a high of 42 but no less than 25.

"That was the perfect example of how not to play a basketball game," said sophomore guard Spencer Dinwiddie. "We gave up almost fifty points off of layups and we scored (54) points. In a sense this will be good because we'll have a taste and a look at how bad we can be."

Boyle shared Dinwiddie's frustration but also noted that this game was the perfect storm for a Colorado loss.

"We're not as bad as we played today," Boyle said. "I'm most disappointed by our competitiveness. Kansas just came out and took our heart."

The lone bright spot in an otherwise dismal performance was Josh Scott and his 19 points on 9-for-15 shooting from the field. Askia Booker finished with 15 points, but the majority of those came long after the game has been decided.

Colorado's grave was dug from the start, committing a season high 12 first half turnovers that led to 22 KU points. Scott's 11 first half points would get Colorado as close as 29-16 but the Jayhawks again made a run, this one 9-2 and put this one way early. Boyle said part of his game plan was to take the home crowd out of things early on.

"You can't come out here and give them the start that they had," he said.

Boyle said that he sees the Jayhawks backcourt as a model for his program going forward.

"Their effort and the way they guarded the ball and the pressure they dictated," he said. "I go back to Colorado State where we dictated, today the shoe was on the other foot. We have to be able to handle that pressure better than we handle it right now."

The Buffs next move on to a road tilt against a feisty Fresno State on December 12.

"The Colorado Buffaloes are not a good road team," Boyle said. "That's my fault."

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