Monday, January 17, 2011

Colorado is Big 12 Conference Surprise

Don’t adjust your glasses college basketball fans. The Colorado Buffaloes are tied for first in the Big 12 Conference at 3-0.

Yes, I know it’s early in league play and the Buffs could fade like a race horse in the lead, but this is Colorado basketball we are talking about. Go figure.

Colorado does defeat some teams in the altitude in Boulder, but this team looks like it has a new attitude. The Buffs defeated ranked Missouri at home, traveled to Kansas State and defeated another ranked team and finished off Oklahoma State in Boulder last Saturday.

Winning at Kansas State opened many eyes. In the past, Colorado won a road game in conference play about as often as you can purchase a steak for $10 at a fancy restaurant.

Tad Boyle, a Colorado native, is the Buff’s first-year coach. Whatever he is selling, it is working.

But Colorado has landmines ahead: two straight road games and then Kansas at home. After that stretch, we will know if the Buffs are contenders or pretenders.

Now that they have awakened Big 12 foes, the scouting reports will become more intense against Colorado. Plus, Colorado is playing its final Big 12 season. With the exception of Nebraska (another departing team), remaining conference teams don’t want the Buffs to accomplish anything near the top.

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