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  1. Game #29: #3 UCLA Bruins (21-5, 13-4) @ #24 Colorado Buffaloes (19-9, 11-6) UCLA is 17-0 at home but 4-5 on the road, so I’m thinking we at least have a chance. But UCLA scores well (80 ppg which is 8th best in the country) and defend well (64.7 ppg which is 28th best in the nation). The Bruins have 3 very good scorers in SG Kyle Taylor (17.7 ppg), PF Jamal Magloire (17.2 ppg) and PG Darelle Denson (15.7 ppg). Magloire won’t play, though, after breaking his hand recently. I’m hoping UCLA has a let-down tonight since they have locked up 1st place in the conference, but doubt that will be the case. Uncharacteristically, we’re going to run a deliberate offense to try to slow the game down to attempt to keep the Bruins off-balance. UCLA missed their first shot but then hit their next 5 including 4 from beyond the arc to jump ahead 14-6. We found ourselves in a 25-8 hole after 9 minutes of play when we had hit just 3 of 16 FG attempts. We turned things around in the latter stages of the first half and closed to within 3 points at 43-40 at halftime. PF Kenton Dunn poured in 18 points for us. UCLA’s SG Kyle Taylor scored 17 and PG Darelle Denson had 13 points. We tied the game at 44-44 after 3 minutes of play in the 2nd half. With 12:05 remaining, PF Charles Maors hit a 3 from near the corner and we took our first lead of the game at 51-50. The lead shifted back and forth but neither team could go ahead by more than 2 points. With 2:21 we led 63-62. Then PG Justin Wilson was fouled while shooting and hit both free throws to make it 65-62. UCLA then connected on 2 foul shots and our lead shrunk to a single point. With 58 seconds remaining, the Bruins dropped in 2 more free throws and regained the lead at 66-65. We missed a shot and UCLA scored inside and was fouled. They converted the 3 point play and we trailed by 4 with 36 seconds left. We had to foul and UCLA again sank both free throws. After we called a time out, SF Rick Coffey hit the 3 on the play we set up as we closed to within 3 with 11 seconds to go. UCLA scored on a quick jumper and we threw up a last second 3 from behind the half court line that went in. But we still lost 73-71. A good effort by us but not quite good enough. Losing our last two conference games was tough but both were against very talented teams and we were in both up to the final buzzer. PF/SF Kenton Dunn scored 22, grabbed 8 boards, and blocked 3 shots. PF Charles Maors scored 12 and SG Steve Jackson hit for 11 points. UCLA’s SG Kyle Taylor poured in 30 points and had 8 rebounds and 4 blocks while PG Darelle Denson scored 24. While we it was disappointing to lose another close game, we were buoyed when we checked the other Pac-12 scores: #23 Stanford-79, Arizona-64 Washington State-85, #19 California-73 Utah-74, Oregon State-55 Oregon-61, USC-58 Arizona State-83, Washington-63 So with Arizona and California also losing, we remained in a 3-way tie with those two teams for 2nd place. The tie-breakers favor us so we’ll be the #2 seed in the conference tournament.
  2. Trouble in Paradise: The NCAA announced penalties for the following teams due to findings that they’ve offered bribes to recruits: Baylor—1 year post-season ban and no scholarship offers for 2 years. Texas—1 year post-season ban and no scholarship offers for 2 years. Savannah State—2 year post-season ban and no scholarship offers for 3 years. Kent State—2 year post-season ban and no scholarship offers for 3 years. In addition, investigations have been initiated against the following teams: Jacksonville Cornell
  3. Game #28: #24 Colorado Buffaloes (19-8, 11-5) @ Arizona Wildcats (14-11, 10-6) Following less than stellar pre-conference play, Arizona has stepped up to play well during Pac-12 play. They’ve won 7 out of their 8 home conference games and have 4 wins in their last 5 contests. Even though they are a game behind us in the standings, they are prohibitive favorites in tonight’s game. Their star PF Curtis Grace will miss the game due to a broken nose. Of course, that’s offset by our C Ike Minahan being injured as well. The Wildcats still have two 5-star players in SG Rolan Bell (14.1 ppg) and C Cliff Rivera (10.0 ppg and 10.0 rpg). While we beat Arizona 76-67 when they visited us a month ago, the bottom line is we will have to play a helluva game to get out of Tucson with a win. We started the game by employing a pressure man-to-man defense and a speed-up offense. Even though SF Rolan Bell connected on two quick 3’s for Arizona, we countered with quickness that force 5 quick turnovers by the Wildcats and put us on top 15-6 after 5-1/2 minutes of play. We let the Wildcats get back in the game but then late in the half went on a run that gae us a 41-32 lead at the break. We outshot Arizona 52% to 44%, and surprisingly, we had 21 rebounds to their 14. SF Rick Coffey scored 11 points and had 3 assists, 6 rebounds and a steal. The Wildcats’ SF Rolan Bell hit for 11 points also. We continued to harass the Wildcats in the early-going of the 2nd half and expanded our lead to 50-34 at the first media time out. The refs then began wearing out their whistles calling fouls on us and we compounded our problems by making far too many turnovers allowing Arizona to trim our lead. With 5-1/2 minutes to play they trailed by just 2 points. With 2 minutes to go we led 66-63. Arizona then tied the game at 66-66 with a minute remaining. We scored on our next possession. Yet another foul on us put the Wildcats on the line for 2 shots. They sank both to tie the game with 45 seconds left. Rolan Bell sunk a 3 pointer with 19 seconds to go. We called a time out to set up a 3 point attempt, but the shot didn’t fall and we lost a heart-breaker 71-68. We out-rebounded Arizona 40-28 but our shooting was abysmal in the 2nd half to cut our shooting percentage for the entire game to 41%. We were called for 24 fouls compared to just 12 called against the Wildcats and we got to the line 15 less times than did they. PG Justin Wilson, SG Steve Jackson, and SF Rick Coffey each scored 11 points and SG Camah Griffin added 10. Coffey also had 5 assists, 9 rebounds and 3 steals. SF Rolan Bell scored 22 points and had 7 rebounds for Arizona. In other Pac-12 games: #19 California beat Arizona State 77-68, Utah whipped USC 80-62, Oregon drubbed Oregon State 84-60, #3 UCLA had no trouble besting #23 Stanford 85-67, and Washington State continued Washington’s late season slump with a 75-57 beatdown. Top individual performances included: M. Fife of Utah (29 points and 13 rebounds), Kyle Taylor of UCLA (28 points and 13 rebounds), and R. Younger of Stanford (25 points and 16 rebounds). With one game to play against league-leading UCLA, we now are in a 3-way tie with Arizona and California for 2nd place.
  4. Game #27: Utah Utes (13-12, 7-8) @ Colorado Buffaloes (18-8, 10-5) We lost to Utah 76-65 when playing them on their court. We had a really slow start but the refs put us on the foul line to keep from being buried. Again SF Rick Coffey finally ignited us and we moved ahead of the Utes after the midpoint of the half. But Utah trimmed our 10 point lead to just 38-34 at the break. SF Rick Coffey dropped in 14 points and SF/PF Kenton Dunn added 11 for us while PG Jason Swygart hit for 11 for Utah. At the beginning of the 2nd half we again we sputtered offensively, but then, led by Kenton Dunn, we had a spurt that expanded our lead to 56-41 with 11-1/2 minutes to go. After our lead ballooned to 22 points the Utes made a spirited run but we were able to hold them off and come away with a big 75-65 victory. As has been the case in many of our wins, turnovers were the difference with Utah having 17 compared to 9 for us. SF Rick Coffey hit 9 of 14 FG’s including all 3 shots he took beyond the arc to finish with 21 points. SF/PF Kenton Dunn dropped in 19 points and PG Matt Conley added 11. Scores from other Pac-12 games: USC-56, #19 California-54 (Cal scored just 2 points at the foul line as USC was called for just 8 fouls) Arizona State-70, #24 Arizona-59 (Travis Hawkins scored 24 and ASU pulled away in the 2nd half) #22 Washington-66, Oregon State-63 (Washington’s domination on the boards was the difference) Stanford-90, Washington State-68 (Stanford dominated from beginning to end) Oregon-81, #2 UCLA-61 (Oregon’s JJ Robinson poured in 35 points and grabbed 13 rebounds) Our win was BIG because Cal, Arizona, and UCLA all lost. That meant we moved into sole possession of 2nd place just a game behind UCLA. Our final 2 games of the regular season are against Arizona and UCLA so our standing amongst the congested top 5 teams in the conference is up in the air. It took nearly the entire season, but we finally cracked into the top 25. We’re now #24 in the Media Poll and the Coaches Poll. Our RPI is now 16th best in Division I. The pollsters still don’t give us a lot of respect since they placed California (#19) and Stanford (#23) ahead of us.
  5. Game #26: Arizona State Sun Devils (11-12, 4-10) @ Colorado Buffaloes (17-8, 9-5) When playing at Arizona State earlier this season, we lost in overtime 84-77. C Jeremy Totten is averaging 15.9 ppg and SG Travis Hawkins has scored 14.2 ppg. I’m confused when Corey Carter, Arizona State’s head coach, starts who I’d consider their 3rd string center, Brandon Polite (2.8 ppg), rather than two big men who have been averaging in double figures, Jeremy Totten (15.9 ppg) and Marquise Jones (11.4 ppg). Well, his decision seems to pay off when the Sun Devils take 6-0, 11-5, and 16-10 leads…and Polite scores 7 points and pulls down 4 rebounds in the first 9 minutes of the game. With 6:50 left in the first half we finally wrest our first lead of the game at 22-21 when SG Steve Jackson drilled home a 3 pointer. We then went on to open a 7 point lead, but let Arizona State cut out halftime lead to 32-29. Both teams hit just 32% of their shots. PF Charles Maors scored 8 and grabbed 7 boards. Arizona State’s C Brandon Polite hit for 9 points plus had 5 rebounds. We played horribly the first 7 minutes of the 2nd half allowing Arizona State to take a 37-36 lead. We then scored the next 7 points. Even though the refs were calling all the fouls against us, our defense throttled the Sun Devils so that with 5-1/2 minutes to play we had moved out to a comfortable 58-41 advantage. As we kept Arizona State off-balance, we expanded out lead to 64-42 with 3 minutes left. We then cruised to a 70-54 win that extended our win streak to 4 games. We hit just 38% of our shots but held the Sun Devils’ shooting to 30%. Again we held a dramatic turnover advantage…this time 18-7. SF Rick Coffey had a big 2nd half and tallied 19 points. SF/PF Kenton Dunn dropped in 11 points plus grabbed 8 rebounds. PF Charles Maors had 8 points, 10 rebounds, a steal and 3 blocks. Other Pac-12 scores: #19 California-62, Utah-58 #24 Arizona-77, USC-60 Stanford-74, Oregon-67 Oregon State-93, Washington State-81 #2 UCLA-72, #22 Washington-47 With the top 5 teams winning, there was no change atop the Pac-12 standings.
  6. Game #25: Colorado Buffaloes (16-8, 8-5) @ USC Trojans (12-11, 6-7) We topped USC 76-59 when we played them in Boulder, but we had Ike Minahan starting at C then. PF Charles Maors back pain returned a few days ago, but he thought he could play so we started him. He lasted less than 3 minutes, further aggravating our interior depth. The game was close until late in the half when we pulled away to finish with a 41-32 halftime advantage. The primary difference in the first half was that we forced the Trojans to make 12 turnovers while making just 4 ourselves. C Primoz Pohek scored 8 points to top our scoring. USC fought hard to narrow the gap in the 2nd half and with 7-1/2 minutes remaining in the game they were within 5 points. We quickly regained a 10 point lead and then pulled away to score a 76-61 win. Turnovers were the difference in this game with USC making 26 while we had just 9. PG Matt Conley scored 13, SF Rick Coffey and SG Steve Jackson both tossed in 11 points, and C Primoz Pohek hit for 10. Coffey also had 5 steals. Scores from other Pac-12 games: Arizona-61, #17 California-56 Utah-77, Arizona State-65 Stanford-69, #20 Washington-59 #4 UCLA-84, Oregon State-75 Washington State-89, Oregon-76 California’s loss put us in a 3-way tie with them and Arizona for 2nd place in the Pac-12 with UCLA on top and 2 games ahead. While we are not ranked in the top 25 in the polls, our RPI is now 19th best in the nation.
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  8. Game #24: #17 California Golden Bears (18-5, 9-3) @ Colorado Buffaloes (15-8, 7-5) A little over a month ago we edged the Golden Bears 71-70 in Berkeley. They’re going to be trying to get some payback so we need to be at the top of our game to go against one of the co-leaders in the Pac-12. They won their last 5 games including victories over ranked UCLA, Oregon and Washington…the latter 2 being road games for the Bears. SG Derek Jackson, who has a league-leading 24.2 ppg scoring average broke his leg, but California has won all 4 games he has missed thus far. Primoz Pohek will start at C to replace our injured star, Ike Minahan. 3 quick turnovers by California led to our scoring the first 7 points in less that 2 minutes of play. The Golden Bears then scored the next 10 points and the game was on! The lead shifted back and forth until SG Steve Jackson came into the game and hit three long range 3’s that, along with us finally being able to defend well, helped us to move ahead 34-25 with 4 minutes left in the half. When the half ended we were ahead 43-32. We hit 57% of our FG attempts including 64% of our 3’s. Steve Jackson hit 4 of 5 from beyond the arc to lead our scoring with 12 points. We continued to hold a double-digit lead throughout the 2nd half and came away with a commanding 74-59 victory. We outshot the Golden Bears 47% to 38% and held an 18-9 turnover advantage. SG Steve Jackson chipped in 21 points while SF/PF Kenton Dunn scored 12 and hauled down 9 boards. In other Pac-12 games: Arizona-92, Utah-75 Arizona State-57, USC-45 #4 UCLA-89, Washington State-71 Oregon-90, #20 Washington-78 Stanford-69, Oregon State -54 We now are in a 2-way tie with Arizona for 3rd place, a game behind California and 2 games behind league-leading UCLA.
  9. Game #23: Washington State Cougars (10-11, 4-7) @ Colorado Buffaloes (14-8, 6-5) Fortunately C Ike Minahan is healthy again. Only Derricus Ivener remains on the injured list. SF Rick Coffey and PF Kenton Dunn scored our first 14 points. Washington State never had a lead and we steadily expanded our advantage, finishing the half onto to by a 45-26 score. We only allowed the Cougars to hit 32% of their shots and forced them to turn the ball over 14 times. SF Rick Coffey dropped in 13 points for us. C Ike Minahan took a hard fall late in the half and injured his elbow. We never let the Cougars threaten in the 2nd half and went on to win easily 74-57. The biggest difference in the game was our 22-7 turnover advantage. SF Rick Coffey and PF/SF Kenton Dunn again led our scoring with 15 points apiece. Following the game, xrays showed that C Ike Minahan has a broken elbow and will miss the remainder of the season. The loss of our leading scorer and rebounder and a Norton Award quarterfinalist is a big blow to us. Results of other games in our conference: #22 Arizona-70, Oregon State-60 Stanford-91, Arizona State-70 #19 California-57, #17 Washington-55 #4 UCLA-75, USC-53 Utah-97, #24 Oregon-81 We moved up into a 3-way tie for 3rd in the Pac-12 and are 2 games behind league leaders UCLA and California.
  10. Game #22: Colorado Buffaloes (14-7, 6-4) @ #17 Washington Huskies (15-6, 6-4) Washington doesn’t have one player who stands out, but does have a bunch of very good players who work together well and play strong defensively. Playing them in Edmundson Pavilion will be a big challenge for our team. C Ike Minahan is still experiencing back pain and while he could play, I’m resigned to keeping him on the bench. We’ll also be without the services of C/PF Derricus Ivener again. So we need some of our other interior players to step up to fill in for us. The Huskies scored the first 10 points of the game and we didn’t get on the board until sinking a foul shot with 16:47 remaining in the first half. It took us 6-1/2 minutes before we sank a field goal. We finally began to score, but our defense was porous so that at the end of the half we were still far behind, 40-31. SF Rick Coffey’s 16 points accounted for over half of our scoring. All 11 players that the Huskies suited up scored. In the 2nd half each time we cut into the Huskies’ lead, we let them re-establish their double-digit lead. Then in the final 5 minutes of the game, we failed to stop their scoring and ended up losing by a lop-sided 80-63 score. We let Washington hit 48% of their shots while we could only manage 40% and grab 39 rebounds compared to our 32. Our only offensive threats were SF Rick Coffey with 21 points and PF/SF Kenton Dunn with 19. Washington’s C Shamel Pringle had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Other Pac-12 scores: #24 Oregon-77, #22 Arizona-67 Arizona State-89, Oregon State-63 #19 California-84, Stanford-80 USC-76, Washington State-67 #4 UCLA-83, Utah-76 Our back-to-back road losses have dropped us into a 4-way tie for 4th place in the Pac-12 race.
  11. The Good News, Bad News Buffaloes: We got the good news that C Ike Minahan has been named a quarterfinalist for the Norton Award. Unfortunately his back spasms look like they will keep him out of our next game against Washington but he has become the cornerstone of our team, leading it in scoring and rebounding. Then at the end of the week we received the bad news that recruit PG Devin Whitmore’s SAT score did not meet our minimum acceptable score. Devin is the 25th highest ranked recruit, so losing him hurts. Several other highly rated recruits on our list (including a highly prized international PF) also didn’t get qualifying SAT scores. While this was not unexpected, we had hoped they would do better. So, we now have 2 scholarships still to fill this season. The 3 recruits we’ve signed thus far who had satisfactory SAT scores include a PG, SG and PF. Therefore I’d like to land one more big man and then the best available recruit for the last of our five available scholarships.
  12. Game #21: Colorado Buffaloes (14-6, 6-3) @ Stanford Cardinal (11-7, 3-6) Even though we’re riding a 4-game win streak, we now have back-to-back road games against Stanford and then #13 ranked Washington. We’re going to have to play our best to continue winning. Stanford’s Pac-12 record (3-6) is deceiving since only 3 of their 9 conference games have been home games. Their last home game was a thrilling 69-67 victory over highly ranked UCLA. Their PG Dustin Gervin is a talented court-general and their freshman C Roger Younger is the team’s leading scorer (14.2 ppg) and rebounder (12.4 rpg). For us, reserve C/PF Derricus Ivener has a sore back and will miss the game. We jumped out to an 8-0 lead after the first 2-1/2 minutes of play. But then C Ike Minahan went up for a rebound and came down with severe back spasms that sent him to the locker room. But we held onto a small lead throughout the half until the final minute when Stanford took a 37-35 lead. We pulled within a point and then Camah Griffin sank a long 3 as the buzzer was about to sound to put us back on top 39-37 at the break. Griffin scored 11 points to lead our scoring. The two teams traded baskets for the first 3 minutes of the 2nd half, but then our shots wouldn’t fall and Stanford pulled away to take a 53-44 lead with 14-1/2 minutes to go. We began hitting our shots but the Cardinal were hitting theirs as well. But we went on a run that gave us a 71-70 lead with 6-1/2 minutes remaining. Stanford connected on a series of 3’s that gave them a 82-73 lead with 4 minutes left. Stanford got the job done and we didn’t resulting in an 87-80 loss for us. We were outshot 55% to 43% and outrebounded 36-25. Our 19-9 turnover advantage wasn’t able to overcome those differences. The injuries to Ike Minahan and Derricus Ivener left us weak inside. SG Camah Griffin finished with 17 points, PF/SF Kenton Dunn had 12 points, SG Matt Conley scored 11, and SF Rick Coffey added 10. PG Dustin Gervin dropped in 23 points and dished out 10 assists for Stanford. Scores in other Pac-12 games: #4 UCLA-80, #22 Arizona-70 #21 Oregon-63, Arizona State-60 #19 California-93, Oregon State-78 USC-70, #13 Washington-63 Utah-86, Washington State-68 We’re now in a 3-way tie for 3rd place in the conference.
  13. Game #20: Oregon State Beavers (8-9, 3-5) @ Colorado Buffaloes (13-6, ad 5-3) We started well, gaining 7-0 and 15-2 leads. Our dominance continued and by the end of the half we were on top 41-19 as we held the Beavers’ shooting to just 23%. SG Camah Griffin led our scoring with 10 points. While our energy level seemed low, we maintained a healthy lead he entire 2nd half and finished the game with a 79-54 victory for our 4th straight win. Our top scorers were PG Matt Conley with 13 points, SG Camah Griffin who scored 12, and PF Charles Maors and C Ike Minahan who both hit for 11 points with Minahan also recording 9 rebounds. What happened to other Pac-12 teams: Washington State-79, #22 Arizona-60 (The Wildcats hit just 29% of their shots) #4 UCLA-94, Arizona State-91 (OT) (This game was tight the entire way) #19 California-70, #21 Oregon-57 Stanford-80, USC-60 #13 Washington-70, Utah-62 The Pac-12 continues to be the “black and blue” conference as all teams get beaten up and bruised week after week. We’re now one of five teams tied for the conference lead with 6-3 records.
  14. Using the most recent version, DDSCB2019. Yes, I imported my existing association from CB2018...imported easily and flawlessly. Suspect DDSCB2020 will come out in February and March (but of course, that's up to Gary).
  15. Game #19: #19 Oregon Ducks (11-6, 4-3) @ Colorado Buffaloes (12-6, 4-3) Following our big win against the Ducks in Eugene the two teams came to Boulder for the follow-up game. Expectations were high within our fans. I remained with my father, so was unable to be with my team. 1st Assistant Coach Bryant Marshack again coached our team. The game was close throughout the first half and defense predominated on both ends of the court, but we managed to gain a 34-30 halftime advantage. SF Kenton Dunn hit for 11 points. Oregon tried to beat us with 3’s but they had difficulty connecting and were unable to wrest the lead from us. While we didn’t set the nets on fire, we held the Ducks off and pulled away in the final minutes as Oregon was forced to foul. We finished with yet another win over Oregon, this time by a score of 75-64. SF Kenton Dunn hit for 16, SG Camah Griffin scored 12, and PF Charles Maors added 10 points. Two big wins over the Ducks with me away. Bryant did a heckuva job coaching the team! Results of other Pac-12 games: Arizona-80, #14 Washington-62 (Curtis Grace led Arizona to their with with 32 points and 8 boards) Washington State-77, Arizona State-72 #15 California-80, #3 UCLA-74 (close all the way with 18 lead changes and 7 ties) USC-74, Oregon State-56 Utah-81, Stanford-74 (Mark Wall scored 30 and had 9 rebounds for Utah) Improving our Pac-12 record to 5-3 we are now in a 4-way tie for 2nd place, one game behind Arizona.