Boyle's CU Buffs must be tougher inside
12/19/2010 05:57:21 PM MST
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Winning tends to cover up flaws.
Colorado, despite a five-game winning streak, still has an issue with interior defense.
During the Buffs' 89-61 victory over The Citadel on Friday night, Mike Groselle -- a 6-8 center who would be a boy among men in the Big 12 -- scored 22 points on 9-for-12 shooting.
The Bulldogs outscored CU 36-34 in the paint.
And while the Buffs were rolling to a 104-59 victory over Longwood on Sunday at the Coors Events Center, Antwan Carter -- a 6-6 center, who is about the same size as Alec Burks -- was scoring 16 points from point-blank range before fouling out with 19:44 left in the second half.
"We were conscious of (Carter) and our guys are really taking the challenge that we're giving them on post defense," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "I thought in the first half we let him in for layups and that's what we can't do. We have to make guys earn it down on the block."
Austin Dufault (12 points, five rebounds) and Andre Roberson (14 points, 13 rebounds) are playing well. They just need more help.
"It's not just our bigs. We have to have ball pressure and not let it come in so easily to the post," senior guard Levi Knutson said. "And then we also need help coming from the weak side. ... We have to have a team effort to defend the post."
With the win over Longwood, the Buffs improved to 2-0 against the Las Vegas Classic field.
The first two rounds of the tournament were played on campus sites, including CU's victory over The Citadel on Friday at the Coors Events Center.
New Mexico blew out Longwood (91-54) and The Citadel (84-58) at The Pit in Albuquerque. Indiana and Northern Iowa swept home games against SIU-Edwardsville and South Carolina State over the weekend.
The Buffs draw New Mexico on Wednesday at Orleans Arena and play either Indiana or Northern Iowa on Thursday. Longwood will face SIU-Edwardsville and either South Carolina State or The Citadel in Las Vegas.
When asked for a quick scouting report on the CU-New Mexico tilt, Longwood head coach Mike Gillian said the Lobos have a size advantage and the Buffs have more experienced guards with Cory Higgins and Burks.
"I would have to give an inside edge to New Mexico and the perimeter edge to Colorado," Gillian said. "It will be a game that should be a pretty even matchup."
Christmas down under
CU center Shane Harris-Tunks, out for the year with a knee injury, will spend Christmas break visiting family in his native Australia.
Starting point guard Nate Tomlinson's dad, a professional basketball coach in Australia, visited Boulder during the five-game home stand to watch his son play.
CU improved to 9-0 all-time against independent programs after prevailing in the first meeting with Longwood. ... The Buffs' five-game winning streak is the longest since a nine-game winning streak during the 2005-06 season. ... The last time CU scored more than 100 points was on March 6, 2010, when Jeff Bzdelik's team put 101 on the board in a win over Texas Tech at the Coors Events Center. ... CU made a season-high 38 field goals. ... The Buffs had a 45-14 advantage in bench scoring.