We’ve seen this film earlier than, haven’t we? Down yr for the league. Washington holding on to the No. 1 seed prefer it was a moist bar of cleaning soap. Tad Boyle’s Colorado Buffaloes needing to win 4 video games in 4 days to be able to punch a ticket to the NCAA males’s basketball event.
If you happen to’re pondering it’s beginning to really feel a little bit like March 2012 once more after the Buffs powered previous Oregon State, 73-58, early Thursday evening on the Pac-12 convention tourney, nicely, get in line.
“We knew we needed to dial in and guard,” CU guard McKinley Wright, who led the Buffs with 17 factors and drained eight big free throws, advised the Pac-12 Community after serving to CU (21-11) attain the tourney semifinals for the primary time since 2014.
You guard, you crash the boards, you drain your foul photographs and also you deal with the ball, and eight instances out of 10, you survive. Oregon State shot simply 34 % from the ground, missed 15 of 18 3-point makes an attempt, received outboarded 38-29 and watched the Buffs join on 23 of 27 from the charity stripe — together with 5 of six over the sport’s remaining 90 seconds. Advancing in March could also be a science, however it ain’t the rocket form.
The Buffs on Friday evening will face the top-seeded Huskies (25-7), who scare virtually no one proper now save for the members of UW’s Tyee booster membership. Over the ultimate 24 seconds of a 78-75 quarterfinal win over vs. No. Eight seed USC, Washington whiffed on 4 of its final 5 free throw tries, all however handing the boys of Troy a window through which to make issues attention-grabbing.
Friday’s semi guarantees to be attention-grabbing, too, assuming Wright seems extra like the child who’s been straight cash in Vegas this week (17.5 factors, 6.Zero boards, 3.5 assists per recreation over his first two Pac-12 tourney appearances) and fewer just like the one throughout CU’s earlier two conferences with Huskies (averaging 3.Zero factors, 2.Zero boards, and three.5 assists), each Washington wins.
Wright and the Buffs weathered a pair of 10-Zero Beavers runs within the second half to advance, because of protection, poise, and muscle — outrebounding Oregon State 18-Eight by the sport’s first 16 minutes whereas build up a 32-12 cushion.
It was largely the identical components that carried Boyle’s bunch to 4 victories in 4 days throughout the 2012 Pac-12 event, a run capped by an computerized berth within the Large Dance and CU’s first ticket to Bracketville in 9 years. As of Thursday evening, the Buffs had danced midway to déjà vu.