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By B.G. Brooks, CUBuffs.com Contributing Editor
BOULDER – After being manhandled twice by Stanford in their first Pac-12 Conference season, the Colorado Buffaloes struck back Thursday night – hard, early and often.
Leading from opening tip to final buzzer, the Buffs bashed the Cardinal 75-54 at the Coors Events Center before 11,212 – the fourth largest crowd in school history. It was CU’s first win against Stanford in six tries, with the Buffs’ last victory coming on Dec. 23, 1990 in Boulder.
Despite the five straight losses to Stanford – and particularly the pair last season – CU coach Tad Boyle downplayed any revenge factor that might have motivated his team. “It was sweet,” said Boyle, “because I respect Stanford and (coach) Johnny Dawkins . . . but relative to what happened last year – no.”
What happened last year actually occurred twice – once at Stanford, once in Boulder. The Cardinal won big in both places, 84-64 and 74-50, respectively. And the Buffs were brutalized both times, outrebounded by a combined 85-53 total and shredded defensively as the Cardinal shot a cumulative 50 percent from the field.
Thursday night’s story unfolded much differently, even if the physicality remained high. Said Boyle: “It was a bloodbath out there . . . it was one of those games where you had to put the ball in the basket. We told our guys at timeouts not to look for fouls.”
There were 36 called and what appeared to be an equal number uncalled. But the Buffs, improving to 8-1 this season in the Events Center and 40-5 at home in Boyle’s third season, followed their coach’s advice and didn’t depend on whistles.
Instead, they relied on balanced scoring – all five starters were in double figures – tenacious rebounding by junior Andre Roberson and steely defense. Roberson tied a career high with 20 of the Buffs’ 48 rebounds (the Cardinal collected 30) and added 11 points.
“We fed off Andre tonight . . . (he) was a beast and played like the Andre we know and love. He was after it from the get-go” Boyle said.
Roberson’s energy seemed unlimited and spilled over to the entire starting lineup. Sophomore Askia Booker scored a team-high 13, including eight consecutive points midway through the second half when Stanford closed to within eight. Freshman Josh Scott and sophomore Spencer Dinwiddie also scored 12 points each, while freshman Xavier – it’s OK to call him “Jam” – Johnson contributed 11.
Making his fifth start, “XJ” also was a power source for CU, getting eight of his points on dunks that left the big crowd delirious. “He gave us big-time energy,” said Boyle. “Those dunks got us going.”
If Boyle downplayed any revenge factor, Booker said one was present “without a doubt . . . the coaches were talking about how bad they beat us on the boards last year.”
Added Roberson: “I definitely feel like we had a lot to prove . . . we came out tonight and put it on them.”
Roberson controlled the glass but had help. Booker and Dinwiddie accounted for seven rebounds, and Sabatino Chen came off the bench to collect six to go with his seven points. CU’s bench outscored Stanford’s 15-13, and the Buffs prevailed in the paint 44-20.
The Cardinal guards – Aaron Bright and Chasson Randle – were held to a combined 7-for-29 from the field. Randle led Stanford with 15 points, but he hit only five of his 21 attempts. And as a team, Stanford shot 31.3 percent (20-for-64) from the field, giving Boyle the edge he craves nightly in defense and rebounding.
Dawkins said CU “played with terrific energy and they moved well. They just defended well. I thought a tone was set from the beginning.”
Wanting a good start, the Buffs couldn’t have had a better one. Scoring on their first nine possessions, they went up 16-5, with Johnson’s first jam of the night – a baseline drive from the left side – getting CU to 16.
After his first slam, “XJ” wasn’t through and his teammates weren’t either. Jam No. 2 came on a drive from the right baseline at the tail end of a 16-5 run that pushed CU ahead 42-25. Then he scored the final points of the half on a tip dunk after a Scott miss for a 44-29 halftime lead.
CU outrebounded Stanford 24-14 in the first half, with Roberson getting 11 of his board total in the first 20 minutes. The Buffs were careful with the ball, too, not committing the first of their four first-half turnovers until 3:26 remained before intermission. They went 27 possessions before turning it over, finishing with a dozen.
After never trailing in the first half, the Buffs’ pressing second-half question was whether they could maintain their intensity – knowing the Cardinal would ratchet up its own. The short answer for CU: Yes.
When Johnson threw down his fourth jam – this one on a breakaway at the 14-minute mark – the Buffs took their largest lead of the night, 54-36. But the Cardinal wasn’t done.
Stanford closed to within 11 points (54-43) on a three-point play by Rosco Allen, then cut CU’s advantage to single digits (54-46) on a three-pointer by Randle with 9:55 to play.
But the Cardinal never came closer than eight points. A pair of free throws by Dinwiddie with 8:53 to play restored the Buffs’ 10-point lead (56-46). And after Roberson swat and rebound, the irrepressible Booker scored eight consecutive points for a 64-48 CU advantage with just over 6 minutes remaining.
Booker had gone to the bench because of fouls (he finished with four), but was sent back in by Boyle. “I was in foul trouble, and coach told me when I got back in the game to make something happen,” Booker said. “Coach believes in me . . . I love those moments.”
When Chen buried a three-pointer from the left corner with 2:23 left, CU went up by 19 (70-51). The lead got larger when Boyle emptied his bench, with crowd favorite Ben Mills scoring his four points in the final minute.
The Buffs (13-6, 3-4) are back at the Events Center on Sunday (1:30 p.m., FSN) to face California. Stanford (11-8, 3-3) visits Utah Sunday.
By B.G. Brooks, CUBuffs.com Contributing Editor
SEATTLE – The Colorado Buffaloes dug themselves a hole with frigid shooting here Wednesday night and left Alaska Airlines Arena in a deeper Pac-12 Conference hole.
But despite their 64-54 loss to streaking Washington, which won for the tenth time in 12 games, Buffs coach Tad Boyle and his players believe positive steps were taken – particularly on defense. Boyle said his team’s defense “was good enough to win . . . our guys played great (defense). We played with pride and some toughness. We lost to a good basketball team.”
The Huskies, playing their first home game since Dec. 22, remained unbeaten (4-0) in conference play and went to 12-5 overall while the Buffs slipped to 1-4, 11-6. If CU’s ‘D’ was exemplary, its ‘O’ was of the OMG variety. Credit the Huskies for some of that misfiring; they’ve now held four Pac-12 teams to under 40 percent from the field.
The Buffs shot a season-low 29.2 percent in the first half and finished at 36.2 percent (21-for-58) for the game – the team’s second-lowest mark this season. CU also tied a season low in assists with six and made only one of 10 three-point attempts. But the Buffs held the Huskies to 33.9 percent (20-for-59) from the field and outrebounded them by one (38-37). It wasn’t an aesthetically pleasing game for either team, but UW coach Lorenzo Romar didn’t care.
Asked about “winning ugly,” Romar said, “You can color it any want to color it. I just know that when you go out and you play two games in a row and you have single digit turnovers (UW had 9, CU 12), you hold four teams to under 40 percent from the field, you outrebound three out of the four, you’re beginning to do things right. The only ‘ugly’ thing, if you want to call it that, is that we haven’t been making shots. Two out of the last four games we haven’t made shots. Other than that, I think we’re doing everything else OK.”
Boyle said the Huskies’ 15 offensive rebounds “really killed us in the second half. We had some stops and couldn’t finish the possession with getting the rebound. That hurt us. And then we put them on the foul line in the second half. For some reason we don’t get to the foul line on the road; I don’t know why.”
Sophomore Spencer Dinwiddie, who led CU with 15 points, said the Buffs played with more overall intensity than in previous conference losses to Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA.
“For sure,” Dinwiddie said. “That’s one thing we talked about. We talked our positives; we finally started playing with our principles – we rebounded the ball decently. There were a couple of possessions where they got three or four offensive rebounds. If we cut that out and they don’t make a run, the game’s different.”
The only other CU player in double figures was junior Andre Roberson with 10 points, marking the first time this season only two Buffs reached double digits. Roberson also had 11 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season and the 32nd of his career.
Roberson said the Buffs “stepped it up big time on the defensive end . . . we just didn’t get the rebounds when it mattered and we didn’t make the tough stops. Our offense has to get better; our motion is terrible right now. That’s one thing we have to improve on big time. Just executing on the offense end is a main thing. That’s why we struggled with this team.”
Sophomore guard Askia Booker fouled out with 34.4 seconds to play after scoring nine points, while freshman forwards Xavier Johnson and Josh Scott had nine and eight, respectively. Scott got all of his points in the second half.
The Huskies’ C.J. Wilcox, the conference’s leading scorer (21.3 ppg), finished with 25, while teammate Scott Suggs added 13. UW had no other double-figure scorers, but Desmond Simmons (12) and Aziz N’Diaye (11) accounted for 23 rebounds.
CU scored a season-low 20 points in the first half and trailed by eight at intermission. The Huskies opened 10-point leads three times in the game’s final 8 minutes, an 11-point advantage in the last 3 minutes, and never allowed their visitors closer than seven points during that span. Trailing 28-20 at intermission, the Buffs might have gone to their locker room thankful for that deficit. When they caught the Huskies at 17-17 on a layup by Johnson – he started against in place of Sabatino Chen – they appeared to have corrected their early problems.
CU committed four of its seven first-half turnovers – a high for a half in league play – in the game’s first 6 minutes and fell behind by seven points. Then the Buffs strung together an 8-2 run – their most productive offensive stretch of the opening half – and pulled even.
But things went south from there. After Johnson’s layup produced the tie at 17 with 8:56 left before the break, CU scored only three more points to finish with its lowest first-half total of the season.
The Buffs opened the second half with three points from Roberson and pulled to within 28-23. But the Huskies trumped that with a four-point play from Scott Suggs to take their largest lead of the night – 32-23 – to that point. The nine-point advantage became 10 (37-27) on a trey by Wilcox. But taking advantage of the 7-foot N’Diaye taking a rest, the 6-10 Scott hit back-to-back baskets to draw the Buffs to within five (39-34) with just over 11 minutes to play.
CU’s threat ended there. A 5-0 run restored U-Dub’s 10-point lead (48-38), leaving the Buffs just over 7 minutes to retaliate. Boyle called a timeout at the 7:12 mark, but the closest his team could get was 52-45 on a three-point play by Dinwiddie with 3:52 to play.
“With our defense tonight and our pride, I’m proud of our guys for the way they hung in there,” Boyle said. “It got away from us at the end there and you look at a 10-point loss on the road and we couldn’t shrink the lead because we couldn’t score. But it wasn’t because of our defense.”
The Buffs’ road trip continues with a Saturday game (8 p.m. MST) at Washington State. The team will fly via charter on Thursday morning from Seattle to Spokane, have Thursday and Friday practices at Gonzaga, then fly to Pullman on Saturday morning.
The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department has begun the seasonal bald eagle closures at the Kolb and Weiser properties (near 75th and Valmont) and Coal Creek area (east of Highway 93 near Marshall Lake). The areas were closed Thursday, Nov. 1, and will remain that way until July 31, 2013, or until nest monitoring indicates that the areas are OK to open.
Bald eagles generally return to these nesting sites in November. At this early stage of the mating season, the birds are assessing areas as potential nest sites, and disturbances may deter the birds from continuing to nest in these areas. OSMP thanks the community for respecting these closures.
For more information, visit the OSMP website at www.osmp.org or call 303-441-3440.
Those old enough to remember , the reverend Fred Felps visited Boulder twice in the 1990s with is band of fire breathing daughters. Boulder Channel 1 was there to video at the corner of Baseline and Broadway. 3000 gay protestester nearly kill the preacher and his family. It took Boulder and Denver Swat to keep that from happening. Oh the fun. But Felps won’t be in Boulder this week end. He’ll be in NY where he is loved…… by the fashion industry.
Westboro Baptist to Protest Fashion Week, Thank GodFor once in their miserable lives, the grizzled wackos of Kansas’ Westboro Baptist Church (we’ve them to thank for “God Hates Fags”) are doing something we almost half agree with. Namely, they’re protestingNew York Fashion Week.
OK, OK, so saying things like this is terrible:You’re going to teach the women, especially the young women of this country, to doll themselves up … All you are doing is teaching girls to be proud whores!
But then just before that, church mouthpiece Steve Drain said this: “The whole thing is vanity!” And he is not wrong about that!
Then he goes on to say “the whole idea [of the] fashion industry is to make women look as whorish as possible and men look as effeminate at possible” and that is clearly awful and he should stop saying that. But t
hen he says “Put some jeans on and fear God. Forget about all this fashion nonsense,” and it kinda makes sense? M
aybe not the fear God part, but just putting on some damn jeans and forgetting about this fashion nonsense — Fashion Wee
k in particular being a grimly shallow and shitty and chichi enterprise — kind of sounds like a good idea? Sure fashion is fun, but good heavens you’d think these preening swans were curing cancer the way they strut around all haughty and better than all us Joe-John Stinkpots down here in the muck. It’s too much!
All I’m saying is don’t be that surprised if you find me at Lincoln Center sometime this weekend calling Marc Jacobs a painted whore. It’s just something I might do.
Gawker and the New York Post contributed to this story
Below is a young start up freaks impression of Boulders TechStars lasted investment fliers. So we ran them by our 2.0 experts to see if any of them hold water, will last or ever make money. Each of our guys write in a different color. We review Brad McCartys cheer leading squad.
It’s Techstars Boulder Demo Day-Here are the 12 start-ups by Brad McCarty
It’s been about 2 months since I stepped foot into theTechStars bunker to take a look at the magic behind this accelerator. In the time that has followed, I’ve gotten to see these startups grow, mature and develop into what they are today. What is that, exactly? They are the next big movers in technology.
Over the course of 13 weeks these chosen teams have had their ideas scrutinized, changed and ultimately polished in preparation for this day. On Demo Day, the teams will pitch to a theater full of investors, interested parties and technology pundits…and they’ll pitch to me too. While I’ve covered a good number of these startups in the past few weeks, you’ll have a chance to read about more of them as the day goes on. However, for now, here’s a rundown of all of the teams so that you can start picking your favorites.
FullContact – I First wrote about FullContact when it was known by its previous name of Rainmaker. The company specializes in using publicly-accessible data to automatically fill in the missing information of your contacts list. Beyond that, though, it’s a powerful search engine for people that will be able to find information, tell the person where it was found and also allow them to remove it if they so choose. Its focus, however, is on creating a massively powerful API full of information that other developers can use to integrate complete contacts with their applications.
This one is a loser because contact information changes daily in the business and real world. Anyone who has ever worked a client list know this…. No matter what it is, it takes hard tedious work to stay on top of who is who. This company has nothing new and it won’t work.
Aaron: This service kind of makes sense but if you’re not a techie who knows how to produce XML/vCard/Json then from my experiences most people would instantly be confused. I would also put my 2 cents in and ask where do they get this info? is it legal? I don’t want them grabbing anything from my social media, guess that goes you to show where our privacy lies in social media today. I must admit I like extra contact info in ACT and Outlook but like Jann says it’s constantly changing, business closing/opening, cellphone plans getting outrageous to afford and people move and move alot. Is that included in their 3 cents/contact I doubt it.
Creative Brain Studios – For these folks, it’s all fun and games. At least after the work is done. Creative Brain Studios has solved the problem of device fragmentation when it comes to video game publishers. It has developed a product that will allow a game to be coded once and then deployed to literally a billion smartphones, tablets and computers.
Well, that’s nice, except this is another bandwidth eater that will bog down in an already short supply….. In case you haven’t heard …mobil devices are begining to crash. another loser.
Aaron: Is the developing app free? I couldnt’ figure it out, for such an nice sounding Game engine their website looks like it was made in 1995 aside from the image of the devices. Guess they’re working on it…
flextrip – When you’re taking a trip, the planning part is easy. Finding the right things to do is difficult. Flextrip is solving that problem by creating an API that travel companies can use to book activities via the world’s largest repository of choices. The company has been working with travel agencies already and flextrip should grow to the point that it is a branded feature of travel booking services.
We’ll see about that. Definitely not sold on this. I don’t see a beleaguered travel industry running out to try, yet another service with big promises for something they don’t need. Loser.
Aaron: lol, the planning is easy. PAAALEEASE! who runs these things. So far all these companies don’t even work do investors just throw out their money in hopes that they’ll produce returns. try it, Denver, CO tomorrow. Nothings going on. I know of at least 3 things though, Santa Fe Art walk, Denver Art museum Marvelous Mud, and Pirates!! ARRGH at the Nature and science museum, fun stuff for travelers right there. Just ask Aaron.
FlixMaster – It was only a couple of days ago that I first wrote about FlixMaster. The company has found a way to take the dead-end of online video and turn it into an immersive, branching-path experience. Instead of simply being able to watch a video, producers who use FlixMaster can create entire stories that viewers can choose themselves. In doing so, the company will be collecting massive amounts of data about user choices, and then providing that data back to the content creators.
Oh give me a break. Another video service that will do what?? choices? for what.? Jacking off, that’s what. It’s another way to get your ass fired while you are supposed to be working at your job.
Aaron: I think its supposed to give you the VH1 Popup video effect. OH BOY Just what I so wanted to pay money for. Again WHERE’S THE INFO ON THE SERVICES, I see nothing aside from what techstars paid for above.
GoSpotCheck – Brands are fighting a war for placement and shelf space inside of your local supermarket. GoSpotCheck is providing a way for brands to find out everything about their product’s placement, in real time, with the help of a crowdsourced workforce. The crowd earns real world cash by doing nothing more than taking photographs of specific brands, which are then fed to those brands for immediate information. What once would take months for brands to find can now happen in seconds.
I don’t think so. This might work at Whole Foods or with coupon savors or with people with a lot of time on their hands, but it won’t give a true picture. It will give a screwed picture. Besides super markets are very sophisticated in information retrieval. No one did their homework on this one. This is another hand job by the crowd source community.
Aaron: Yeah, this is for those people with way too much time, hey maybe the bums that hang out on the corner will have something to do now, oh wait they have to have cell phone, oh wait they do. Foursquare is a good example though as to what this company may be striving to be like. I’ll give 1 thumb up for now since it’s not something we can be apart of yet and there’s no information as to if it will cost anything to be apart of, especially as a business owner, who wants to pay for all this extra junk. Advertising hasn’t quite reached this level yet, but it might be interesting, it is surprising that people would actually do work for nothing, not even food or reference, but at least thing might be a way to get paid for the same process.
InboxFever – We all use email and we use it every day. But what if we could do more with it than simply sending messages? InboxFever has the answer, in allowing its customers to send emails that will actually control applications. So now, if you need to print something to three different departments, you no longer have to dig through a mass of print settings, you can simply send an email with something like ‘print to sales, accounting, me’ and the work will be done for you. Beyond that, the company should help to increase the longevity of expensive IT equipment inside of corporations by offloading that app-centric work to a central server.
OK this might work, but microsoft and Apple will have to sign off on it.
Aaron: Weee! More apps I would never use and probably cost money. I bet this is harder than learning a new software on top of that, but we’ll see.
Meal Ticket – OK, bear with me for a moment. Meal Ticket is “a mobile, social, web platform for foodservice distributors to better engage with their restaurants in order to increase customer acquisition.” In short, all of those things that you and I have used to interact with restaurants and businesses for ages should now be available to help foodservice companies work with their clients. I have to admit that I don’t know much about Meal Ticket just yet, but you can rest assured that we’ll find out all of the details.
Oh my God. We work with this industry every day and the last thing they want is to buy another fricken gimic to up sales to restaurants. They are barely hanging on and are cutting orders. This is a poor investment too.
Aaron: Agreed, but it is free or at least for consumers. Oh wait that’s already been in motion since the newspaper was invented called Coupons. I don’t think this will even compare to what it might turn out if you put a deal on your own website or at that on groupon. Maybe though. I guess people use it elsewhere, but it looks like only corporate restaurants participate. Let’s keep our business local Boulder!!!! Can’t emphasize that enough.
Mocavo – There’s something incredibly frustrating about trying to trace your family genealogy. Not the least of the factors is that just about the time that you think you’re going to find out important information you’re usually smacked straight into a paywall. Mocavo thinks that there is more value in allowing more people to trace their history, so the company has set up the first free system for doing just that. With the data it finds, it will be able to help other companies make more accurate connections.
Yikes! Family genealogy comes down to detective work by the family Matriarch. The pieces do not fit together nicely and this one is hair brained.
Aaron: I searched for myself and it produced nothing… I use geni.com though and it’s DOPE! you can create a family tree for nothing and add all your family members history, contact info, photos, emails etc for free. On topic though, Is this for free, I might try it out but can you only connect thorugh facebook, 99% of my family is not on facebook, especially the ones that are dead. Plus my last name is Smith, yes Smith, you’re gonna send me 10000′s of emails a week on results that are probably wrong. I guess Ill go set up another gmail account, wait, damn I’m already maxed out on my cell phone number in allowable accounts on gmail, maybe not hotmail though..
ReportGrid – If there is one thing that has annoyed me about analytics in the past it is the completely fragmented nature of how they are reported. While integrating with one system might be simple and easy, others are an absolute nightmare. ReportGrid is aiming to change the way that analytics happen by creating an API that makes it incredibly easy for SaaS vendors and technology platforms to give their customers deep analytics.
Maybe, but there is a lot out there if you know where to look.
Aaron: Analytics that cost right… Hmmm. Who pays for analytics…. Anyone, Anyone… ever heard of stats from your web hosting company? or Google Analytics? We like our hosting stats cause they are the most accurate. Google analytics doesnt even compare and they’re google so hows this gonna compare. I’m guessing it won’t but hey someones gotta compete with google, more power to ya.
SimpleEnergy – I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you that I was rooting for these guys to succeed because they’re hometown heroes for me. SimpleEnergy was born in Nashville, Tennessee and exists to change the way that people save energy by shifting how utility companies engage with their customers. By using apps that compare your energy use with others, the company is hoping to shift the thinking of energy consumption from one of work to something a bit more engaging and entertaining.
Nope. People are already cutting back. Did anyone tell these guys at TechStars we are in an energy /economic crisis. Nobody is going to buy this.
SocialEngine – Social media managers are faced with loads of problems when it comes to making decisions in how to interact in completely semantic circumstances. What might be a complimentary statistic to one person could be read as disaster by the next. But with SocialEngine the idea is that managers will get solid, proven suggestions to help them manage and grow communities.
Another useless social media application. Jesus Christ. I don’t think so. If you’ve read my opinion of SM you know it is not the saving grace of your business.
Aaron: Wow by the looks of their website I thought it was another green energy movement site. It must have come from Boulder, well aside from the big buildings. Oh wait it is a green movement, I don’t get it at first look. It says social all over it I thought it was another facebook or android app, is it? Still confused. Is this something that will shutoff peoples power remotely or something or just a place to talk about how your saving money by using one of those things you buy for your Christmas lights? Oh its a report. 8 people are needed on this board? Wow! I guess they’re all investors that don’t do anything but fund it.
TruantToday – This is my company that I have wanted to see blow the world apart since I first met its 16 year old founder. Yes, 16. TruantToday fixes the broken truancy models for schools by contacting parents when students skip school. In doing so, it makes certain that the schools get the money that they are due and it goes beyond simply affording the opportunity of an education by making sure that students are actually there to get one.
First of all School districts all across America are broke and the last thing they are going to buy is something else to track errant children. Also, this kid is going to be the most hated kid in America if he succeeds.
Aaron: Another way to keep a guarded eye on our people, sounds like New World Order socialism to me. I still like that Pink Floyd song though. I’ll be they still keep building more Jails though, maybe we should invest in the opposite kind of thing, it probably will make more money. The truth hurts.
So there you have it. It’s the TechStars Boulder Demo Day lineup for Summer of 2011. We’re already in talks with the Seattle branch of TechStars to bring you all of the information about what’s going on with their fresh faces, so make sure you check back to TNW Insider for all of the details.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brad is a music and tech junkie who calls Nashville home. While he writes across many channels on The Next Web, he has a particular interest in startups located in the Southern US. Find him on Twitter @BradMcCarty.
Sorry Brad. I think you and the TechStars boys drank too much cool aide.