IT’S OVER — CU 87-69.
WORSE THAN SAINT LOUIS? — The game really wasn’t competitive in the second half. At least against Saint Louis, the Huskies showed fight at times. Not sure they can say that tonight. CU 80-59, 3:20.
THE HAY IS (ALMOST) IN THE BARN — The Buffs are in complete control. The zone isn’t working and UW hasn’t figured out how to score consistently. The players don’t have a good look. Body language is horrible. CU 72-50, 6:55.
STILL ZONE — Not sure how much longer the Huskies can remain in the zone. The Buffs are content to milk the clock and fire up three-pointers. CU 66-49, 9:06.
STANDING OVATION — The crowd gave Roberson and Brown a nice standing ovation when they checked out. Askia Booker nailed a three on the next possession and the crowd went wild again. Tough hill for the Huskies to climb. CU 60-43, 12:01.
FOUL DISPARITY — The Buffs are starting to make frequent trips to the line. They are 12 of 14 at the charity stripe. UW is 3 of 6. CU 55-43, 13:15.
GOING ZONE — UW switched to a zone out of a timeout and forced a turnover. However, on the ensuing possession Wilcox threw the ball away. CU 53-43, 14:36.
YIN AND YANG — Wroten picked Tomlinson clean in the back court for a runaway dunk. On the next possession. Wroten lost Tomlinson on a dribble drive, which forced the Huskies to scramble to protect the rim. After two passes, Brown sank an open three-pointers. CU 51-41, 15:36.
BAD SHOT — Wroten rushed a three-pointer early in the shot clock. The Buffs collected the rebound, Dinwiddie got out on a break and Gaddy had to foul him. CU 48-37, 16:44.
SECOND HALF — Same starters.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Washington trailed 23-22 before things fell apart. The Huskies are down 10 points, but it feels like so much more. Colorado weathered an early storm, regained its composure and now the Buffs are finding scoring opportunities.
Chen, six points, has been a lift off the bench. Roberson has been explosive. He also has six. The Huskies haven’t been able to stop Brown, who has a game-high 13. He’s knocked down two three-pointers and both shots came on scramble situations where UW defenders failed to rotate.
Washington’s big men are having trouble scoring. They’re 2 for 10. Simmons (four points) is the only one who has scored. At times the Huskies forget to go inside and attack the middle. They settle for jumpers. Simmons did that on a few possessions.
Wroten has to continue attacking. Not sure if he’s afraid to get fouled and go to the line where he badly missed two free throws. Ross has a quiet seven points and Wilcox leads UW with nine. He looks like he’s tired, which might explain why he’s 1 of 5 on three-pointers.
Washington is shootinig 32.5 percent from the field. Colorado is 47.1.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — CU 40-30.
GOOD CROWD — The fans are really into it now. The place is near capacity. Not quite a sellout. CU 40-30, 1.7 seconds.
CAN’T CATCH A BREAK — Breunig looked as if he had a breakaway layup, but Roberson chased him down and swatted the shot at the rim. On the other end, Roberson sank a layup over Breunig. Minutes later, Breunig had the ball beneath the rim and missed an open layup. On the ensuing possession, it looked as if he was late on the rotation and Brown drilled an open jumper. Breunig is out. CU 36-28, 1:31.
FOURTH SUB — Martin Breunig is in. He committed a foul on his first possession. CU 25-22, 5:43.
KEY MATCHUP — Gaddy has held Dinwiddie to 1-for-5 shooting and three points.
HIGHLIGHT — With the shot clock winding down, Brown maneuvered around Ross and intentionally threw the ball off the glass. He retrieved the missed shot and sank a putback that sent the crowd into a frenzy. CU 23-22, 5:48.
QUICK ROTATIONS — Romar is shutting players in the game during every break in the action. CU 19-18, 8:14.
CHEN TAKING OVER — Reserve guard Sabitino Chen has scored four big baskets on driving layups. He tied the game with a score. CU 19-16, 9:40
MINI-SPURT — The Buffs are on a 7-0 run. The Huskies look winded. During the spurt, Roberson flushed on N’Diaye. UW 14-12, 11:08.
ANOTHER TURNOVER — Wroten whipped a pass to N’Diaye who either didn’t see it, wasn’t expecting it or both. Wroten yelled at N’Diaye to “catch the ball.” Then the freshman patted the big guy on the back. UW 14-5, 12:05.
FAVORABLE CALLS — The Huskies are getting the benefit of the doubt from the zebras on a few calls. Wonder if that will continue. UW 14-5, 12:53.
THIRD SUB — Shawn Kemp Jr. is in. UW 14-5, 14:06.
GOOD MATCHUP — Simmons is paired against Roberson. Two junkyard dogs.
TV BREAK — Defensively the Huskies are in control. They’re keeping the Buffs from running their offense. Dinwiddie is on the bench. He looks frustrated. If not for two transition baskets, Colorado would still be scoreless. On the other end, Washington is being patient. The Huskies have given N’Diaye scoring opportunities and he badly missed what might be termed layups. Otherwise when they move and rotate the ball, they’re able to get a good look. UW 9-5, 15:12.
SIT DOWN — The Buffs fans stand until the first score. They were standing for nearly four minutes. UW 7-3, 16:14.
FIRST SUBS — Desmond Simmons and C.J. Wilcox are in for Gant and Ross. UW 7-0, 16:39.
NICE START — The Huskies are all over the Buffs defensively. They’ve forced three turnovers in four possessions. UW 4-0, 18:16.
FIRST POSSESSIONS — Both teams committed turnovers. Wroten collected a steal and got a dunk on CU’s second possession. UW 2-0, 19:03.
STARTING LINEUPS — No change for UW: Abdul Gaddy, Terrence Ross, Tony Wroten Jr., Darnell Gant and Aziz N’Diaye.
Colorado: G Nate Tomlinson, G Carlon Brown, G Spencer Dinwiddie, F Andre Roberson and F Austin Dufault.
EMPTY HOUSE — Classes begin Monday and the students are expected to return this weekend. As such, it will probably be lighter than normal crowd. Colorado averages 6,114 fans.
CHIKCK-FIL-A — Any place that has a Chick-Fil-A is good by me. Just munched on a chicken sandwich. Bought two. Saving one for later. Can’t wait.
HOMECOMING — UW play-by-play man Bob Rondeau is a Colorado alum.
NICE ARENA — Here’s my crappy photo of the arena. The pic doesn’t do this place justice. It’s a neat arena. The folks here want an upgrade. Kind of reminds me of Washington State’s Friel Court.
NBA IN THE HOUSE — Scouts from San Antonio, Houston, Charlotte and Milwaukee are sitting behind me. I’m told there’s 16 total from 11 different teams. One of the scouts is former NBA player Speedy Claxton.
WINDED — Beautiful day in Boulder, Colo. today. Went for a 3-mile run. Got really winded. The Huskies better be prepared.
IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW — A huge mural in the corner of the Coors Event Center that reads: Welcome to 5,345 feet of Rocky Mountain Altitude.