Bu≠s’ win resets ledger
Xavier victory o≠sets CSU loss
boulder» The Colorado basketball team hoped to forge an identity, while at the same time getting a measure of themselves against national competition, during a four-game nonconference run that ends Saturday night.
Last week the beginning of that run didn’t go according to plan. Yet with Wednesday night’s pivotal victory against No. 13 Xavier at the Coors Events Center, the Buffs have reset the ledger.
Of course, last week’s surprising loss at home to rival Colorado State will remain on CU’s eventual NCAA Tournament résumé.
But continuing to pick up victories like the one against the Musketeers will serve to dim its impact.
CU will have a chance to finish this revealing stretch of nonconference games with a 3-1 mark Saturday, as the Buffs face an always-challenging environment at Brigham Young.
“We wanted to go 4-0 but at this point, yeah, we get a win at BYU, I’ll take it,” Boyle said. “It’s not going to be easy. We’re going to have to be mentally tough. We’re going to have to fight that road crowd. BYU is a good team, a well-coached team. They like to play fast. We’re not going to have an altitude advantage against BYU like we had (Wednesday) against Xavier.
“We’re going to have to be dialed-in. We’re going to need a great team effort Saturday night to beat the Cougars.”
CU didn’t exactly shake off the CSU disappointment with immediate urgency, trailing by two at halftime of this past Saturday’s road date at Portland.
But the Buffaloes dominated the second half, and after turning in a solid allaround effort against Xavier, the Buffs can safely say they finally are trending in the proper direction after last week’s defeat against the Rams.
Building on that momentum with another solid road win at BYU would provide a huge boost heading into the holiday slowdown.
After Saturday, the Buffs play just three games in 21 days, all within the state, leading up to their Pac-12 Conference opener at Utah on New Year’s Day.
“When you’re on the road, there’s a small window of error,” junior guard George King said. “We can’t have a lot of mistakes, especially with a good team like BYU. It’s going to be a hostile environment, which will be good for us.”