The University of Colorado Buffaloes basketball team is heading to Florida for the Big Dance, and the team ended up being seeded higher than many expected.
Colorado had seen Arizona’s defense at work before, in person and in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals.
Saturday night’s loss by CU to Arizona was the worst in the four-year era of coach Tad Boyle. But for if any reason he needs a reminder of how to bounce back from adversity, he needs to look no further than guard Askia Booker.
The Colorado Buffaloes had already pulled the ripcord on their free fall after star point guard Spencer Dinwiddie’s season-ending knee injury more than a month ago. What they got Wednesday night was the signature win to go with it.
Nick Johnson scored 18 points, Brandon Ashley added 15 and top-ranked Arizona remained unbeaten with a 69-57 win over Colorado on Thursday night.
The Buffaloes made all 26 of their free throws, the most in a game without a miss in school history, and CU finished strong to beat Georgia 84-70 on Saturday night.
Askia Booker brought Buffs fans spilling onto the court by swishing a 25-footer at the buzzer Saturday to lift Colorado to a 75-72 victory over Kansas.
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 19 of his game-high 28 points in the second half leading CU to a 67-62 victory over in-state rival CSU Tuesday night.
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 24 points and Askia Booker added 14, helping Colorado hold off UC Santa Barbara 76-68 on Thursday night for its fifth straight victory.
Colorado quarterback Shane Dillon plans to transfer to another school to play basketball.