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First year Colorado coach Tad Boyle has his first breakthrough win. The Buffaloes upset the #8 ranked Missouri Tigers in Boulder, 89-76. Colorado had lost 13 straight Big 12 conference openers, so it's fitting that they would get over the hump in their last season before moving to the new Pac-12. The win gives the Buffs their first win over a top ten team since 2003 (Texas and Kansas) and their thirteenth straight home victory.
Missouri native Alec Burks had a huge game, pacing the Buffs with 36 points and 8 rebounds. 20 of those points came in the first half. Cory Higgins came on strong in the second half ending the game with 18 points and 11 rebounds, picking up the slack when Missouri started putting more pressure on Burks. For the Tigers, junior forward Laurence Bowers lead the way with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 9 blocks.
This win puts the Buffaloes back on track for a potential post season tournament appearance, hopes that had been somewhat derailed after non-conference losses to Georgia, San Francisco, Harvard and New Mexico. The Buffaloes have another huge test coming up as they hit the road to take on the Kansas State Wildcats next Wednesday.
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With CU leaving the now-Big 12, this may be the last time the two teams compete against each other in Boulder. And it should be a dandy of a game.
Though CU (11-4) hasn't met the expectations of some "experts" (ahem, me), they are starting to play better ball, as evident by having won nine of their last ten games.
Mizzou, on the other hand, is playing about as good of basketball as anyone in the nation. They are currently 14-1 and ranked 8th in the country. If it weren't for a errant call giving the Georgetown Hoyas three points on a shot clearly inside the arc, then the Tigers would be sitting at a perfect 15-0.
There is also the Alec Burks factor. Burks grew up in Grandview, MO, just outside of Kansas City, but wasn't recruited by his home-state Tigers. Burks proved the Mizzou scouting department wrong when he burst onto the Big 12 scene last season and took home Freshman of the Year honors.
Alongside running mate Cory Higgins, the Buff tandem is about as talented as any two guards in the conference. They are also seeing an emergence of some of the Buff auxiliary players, in Austin Dufault, Marcus Relphorde and Levi Knutson. All of this offense translates into the eighth highest scoring team in the NCAA.
In order for the Buffs to win, they need to step up their defense. Mizzou is scoring at a blistering 86.4 points per game, slightly better than CU's 84.8, and good for fifth nationally.
The Tigers aren't a team that relies on a one or two players to put the ball in the basket. Mizzou currently has five guys averaging in double figure scoring, and ten guys averaging at least ten minutes played per game.
For the Buffs to win they need to stop Mizzou from scoring. If you stop Missouri from putting the ball in the bucket, you stop them from the ability to full court press you. Sounds simple, but their full court press creates turnovers, which result in made baskets and more pressure.
Though the Buffs don't like to slow it down, it's not a bad idea to play zone defense and pace themselves for 40 minutes. Otherwise, the Buffs will just be another notch on Mizzou's win column.
The game tips at 11:30 a.m. MT at the Coors Events Center in Boulder and can be seen on ESPN3.com.