The game ends with the Kansas fans going wild and the Buff squad slinking off the court, heads hung in shame.
Final score – Kansas 75, Colorado 46
Kansas is beginning to bring in the bench warmers already. CU junior Richard Roby, who started the game on the bench, has spent most of the second half there as well and it looks like he’s officially in Coach Ricardo Patton’s doghouse. The Buffs are going to have to bounce back quickly as they travel to Lubbock on Friday to take on Bobby Knight and the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Things have officially gotten out of hand for CU with another bucket by the Jayhawks and the student section chanting, “You still live in Kansas.” You know the game is over for the home team when the home crowd has to resort to a chant like that to save some kind of face.
Sasha Kaun was just on the receiving end of his second alley-oop of the night. This time, the lob came from guard Mario Chalmers and the Jayhawks are just having fun now. CU is playing hard to its credit but the Jayhawks are just too much.
At the under-eight timeout, the Buffs trail by 24 points. People are starting to file out of the Coors Events Center now and maybe the Buffs would like to as well. CU had a chance tonight to pull off one last big win for lame-duck coach Ricardo Patton but it just isn’t in the cards. The Jayhawks have shown why they’re a team that many believe could play deep into March — they’ve executed their half-court sets well, played smothering defense and hit open looks.
Jermyl Jackson-Wilson just hit a layup for the Buffs to “slim down” the Jayhawks lead to 25. Despite the basket for the Buffs, Kansas looks like the fresher team and their quality depth is beginning to wear CU down. The Buffs will be lucky to tally 50 points tonight.
Kansas will have a trip to the line awaiting them when the under-12 timeout is over. CU’s Marcus King-Stockton just had multiple chances on the last possession to score a bucket but could not take advantage. Watching a fine team like the Jayhawks just illuminates the Buffs deficiencies in so many areas — particularly when it comes to inside play.
The crowd just erupted (for Kansas) as Sasha Kaun received an alley-oop from teammate Russell Robinson. The Jayhawks added on a layup to force coach Patton to call a timeout for the Buffs. This game is slipping away from CU in a hurry. Kansas is hitting its stride for the first time tonight.
Dominique Coleman, who has been pretty quiet for much of the night, just got a fouled and has a bucket. Kansas had its biggest lead of the night at 19 before Coleman’s field goal.
After the first four minutes of play in the second half, the Buffs trail the Jayhawks by 14. As is normally the case with a bad team like CU, when one end of the court picks it up, the other end lets you down. In the Buffs case, their offense has looked much crisper in the second half but their defense is now giving the Jayhawks tremendous looks. CU has to put it together on both ends of the court.
Jeremy Williams finishes a wide-open dunk for the Buffs. CU is getting better looks in their half-court set early on in the second half than they did for much of the first. The team is trading buckets with the Jayhawks – but that’s not going to work when trying to overcome a 14-point deficit.
The Buffs’ Richard Roby has gotten two quick buckets in the second half. He’s going to have to be way more involved in the team’s offense if they’re going to have a chance.
The Jayhawks enter the half with a 16-point lead and that’s really what most would expect after watching the first 20 minutes. Kansas is too good a team for the Buffs to turn the ball over repeatedly and expect to be in the game. The Buffs knew they’d have to play a flawless game to walk out of here tonight with a win and they haven’t come close to doing that.
Brandon Rush just hit a three for the Jayhawks to give them a large 16-point lead. As soon as it appeared CU was going to go into the halftime within striking distance, the Jayhawks have gotten their biggest lead of the night.
For the first time tonight the KU crowd flexes its muscles with a “Let’s go Jayhawks” chant. The majority of the fans inside the Coors Events Center are supporting the boys from Lawrence.
Following a couple of free throws by CU’s Dominique Coleman and a 3-pointer by Xavier Silas, the Buffs are down only eight. Kansas coach Bill Self called a quick 30-second timeout to settle his guys down.
After a 3-pointer by KU’s Russell Robinson, the Jayhawks are up by 13 at the under-four timeout. Kal Bay just picked up the Buffs second offensive foul in as many possessions. CU is still in reach despite having over 12 turnovers in the first half.
After a Richard Roby 3-point play the Buffs are down by 10. With 5:12 remaining in the first half, CU should feel fortunate that it’s only down by 10 considering how poorly they have played on offense.
Freshman guard Kal Bay hit his first 3-point attempt of the game to pull the Buffs within 10 points. Once again, however, CU did not mark up on the other end of the floor and Kansas nails a three.
Jermyl Jackson-Wilson got a nice feed from big man Sean Kowal and put in the easy two. Unfortunately for the Buffs however, they left Kansas guard Brandon Rush wide-open down on the other end and he nails a 15-footer.
The crowd is as loud as it’s been all night after a dunk by Jeremy Williams. Williams was fouled on the play and chased in on his free throw. The Buffs third field goal of the game came as a result of good hustle by Richard Roby.
An offensive foul on Jermyl Jackson-Wilson causes another turnover for the Buffs. KU continues to do a good job of making CU work extremely hard for anything on offense. The Jayhawk offense hasn’t been superb but it doesn’t have to be as long as CU can’t score.
Another turnover by the Buffs leads to an easy bucket and foul for the Jayhawks. The lack of intensity for CU is shocking considering this is the biggest home game the team will have all season.
Just under nine minutes into the game and the Buffs have only two field goals (Thorne and Coleman). KU has really stifled the Buffs half-court sets and CU is not doing a good job of getting back on defense. The result has been easy buckets for KU.
KU’s sixth man, Darrell Arthur, just picked up four quick points to help give Kansas a 10-3 lead. Coach Patton called a quick 30-second timeout in hopes of slowing the Jayhawks momentum.
If you’re a Buffs fan, this game has gone sour in a hurry. CU is not moving the ball well in their half-court set and the result has been forced shots and turnovers. The Buffs better start getting more movement on offense or things could get ugly fast.
The pace after the first four minutes of play has been up and down but without a lot of scoring. The Buffs have only one field goal thus far, and it is very apparent that the team lacks most of its offensive firepower without Richard Roby and Xavier Silas in the game. The two appear set to check in after the break.
The Buffs’ defense has been solid for the most part in the game’s first two minutes. Marcus King-Stockton has picked up his first personal foul. Fouls will be something to watch for the Buffs as the Jayhawks possess much greater depth on the inside.
The Jayhawks’ Julian Wright scored five seconds into the game on a layup. CU answered on its first possession with a bucket by surprise starter Dwight Thorne.
Welcome to the Coors Events Center folks. Tonight the CU Buffaloes (6-14, 2-8 Big 12) take on 9th ranked Kansas (21-4, 8-2 Big 12). The Buffs turned the ball over 30 times in the teams’ first match up against each other. Ball security is a must for the Buffs if they want to pull off the huge upset.
A couple of quick notes before tip-off. Richard Roby is starting the game on the bench for the first time this season and the Coors Events Center is more crowded than it’s been all season.