Boy was this one ever disappointing.
First off we had to listen to the Colorado broadcast, no WGN because most of the country couldn't get the Fox Sports broadcast. They kept referring to the Pesky Northwestern team and talking about how we're probably cause a lot of trouble for our opponents - we all expect that, but we also expect to win these games Colorado guys.
Then Colorado came out, led by a true freshman, and just kept coming back. They figured out the back door cuts, and were able to penetrate our matchup zone. We were in the position at the end of the game of having to make 3 pointers fast, and we're just not able to do that kind of scoring.
Early in the game, it was obvious that the 3's, when we took them, were not falling and despite a brief period when we made a few [4 in all], the distance from the arc is just not close enough for the Wildcats this year.
The Cats were led in scoring by Vedran Vukusic with 25. He was perfect from the fould line, but only hit 2 of 7 from the arc.
Tim Doyle was 2nd in scoring with 11, he was 1 of 4 from the arc. Overall the Cats shot .400 [24 of 60] from the field and .625 [5 of 8] from the line.
Missing from the offense was Davor Duvancic - he only hit 1 of 7 from the field and missed his one free throw and 4 from the arc.
Colorado Outscored NU 28-25 in the first, 38-32 in the second, 4 Buffs were in double figures, let by Freshman Phenom Richard Roby with 16, Chris Copeland had 15 - all in the 2nd half, Jayson Obazuaye had 14 points and Julius Ashby hit for 10.
Its becoming obvious that we really miss Jitim Young's fire on the court. Except for T.J. Parker, we just don't seem to play with any emotion - Doyle is playing well, so is Vukusic, but you just don't sense any fire in the belly yet.
Next up for the Cats is the home opener - we face Virginia in the Big 10-ACC Challenge Wednesday night at Welsh-Ryan.
WGN and all the extras return, the game is also on TV.
Beat 'em All!
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