The Buffs went out and had themselves a bad Saturday night.
It was standing room only at the Coors Events Center. Awkward, aggressive dancing in the crowded paint escalated into violence. There was a lot of excitement and confusion just before closing time.
And the final shot of the evening proved to be a costly mistake for this group of college kids.
So has Colorado recovered from its headache-inducing 63-62 overtime loss to Arizona State?
The Buffs host Utah on Thursday at the Coors Events Center (8 p.m., Pac-12 Network) determined to get back on track and avenge their 58-55 loss in Salt Lake City.
"We'll see how we respond," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "We'll either win that game or lose that game. If we win that game, there was no hangover from Arizona State. If we lose the game, there was a hangover from Arizona State.
"I don't expect that at all, this team knows what's at stake."
Josh Scott's health status and availability are in question after the 6-10 freshman suffered a concussion as a result of an elbow to the head by Arizona State's Jordan Bachynski.
"He's doing OK. He's day-to-day," Boyle said. "Still recovering from a body slam."
If Scott doesn't play, Shane Harris-Tunks will have to log some quality minutes in the post to help Andre Roberson defend Utah big men Jason Washburn (11.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and Jordan Loveridge (11.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg).
Boyle said Harris-Tunks, despite a lot of criticism in cyberspace, is one of the team's best at setting screens, passing and defending.
"Every time I check (Washburn's) stats before we play them he's coming off like a 20-point game or a 24-point game," said Harris-Tunks, who did not score and grabbed two rebounds in five minutes during the deflating defeat to the Utes. "He's definitely a very skilled big man in the post. The best defense against him is not to let him catch the ball down there."
Loveridge, a player CU recruited, did not play against the Buffs on Feb. 2 due to injury. Among freshmen in the Pac-12, he is currently fourth in scoring and second in rebounding.
"Jordan is a very good player. He can shoot the ball from three and stretch the defense, he can score on the block," Boyle said. "The fact that they beat us without him in Utah is another indication that we better be ready to go because he's going to be playing this time."
The good news for the Buffs (17-8, 7-6) is they will have Spencer Dinwiddie running the show.
CU's dynamic sophomore point guard had 24 points against Arizona State and extended his consecutive free throws made streak to 32. Cory Higgins owns the program record after making 45 free throws without a miss during the 2010-11 season.
"In high school my senior year I shot free throws very poorly. That was something me and Boyle talked about. He was like, 'How are you a good shooter and shoot free throws badly?'" Dinwiddie said. "This is probably the best free throw streak I've been on in my career."
Dinwiddie gave CU a 62-61 lead with nine seconds left before Evan Gordon countered with his own layup at the buzzer to give the Sun Devils the key road victory in the race for a top-four seed and a bye at the Pac-12 Tournament.
"The last two, three weeks, Spencer has stepped his game up," Boyle said. "I'm not sure there's anybody playing better."
At Utah, Dinwiddie led a dramatic second half surge by the Buffs. He also missed a key free throw and turned the ball over with a chance to win the game in the final seconds.
"Last time against Utah was very disappointing and we also want to move on from the Arizona State loss and put it behind us," Dinwiddie said. "We played with our principles, we out-rebounded (Arizona State) and played fairly solid on defense. But we didn't shoot the ball well. As far as playing well, we really didn't offensively."
CU was 20-for-57 (35.1 percent) from the field against Arizona State and 20-for-50 (40.0 percent) in the first game against Utah.
"I think everybody is just going to raise their level of play," Dinwiddie said when asked about possibly taking the floor without Scott. "Shane is a great defender and is going to bring a different level of energy when he's in. We've got a little something for them when we go small that will be good."
Roberson, the nation's leading rebounder (11.8 per game), has averaged 14.8 points and 14.0 rebounds in four career games against Utah.
The Buffs went 3-0 against the improving Utes last season but could not quite overcome a 22-point deficit at the Huntsman Center this season.
"Utah is not an easy out," Boyle said. "And I couldn't have said that last year with a straight face."
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THURSDAY: The Colorado Buffaloes (17-8, 7-6) host the Utah Utes (11-14, 3-10) at 8 p.m. at the Coors Events Center.
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CU STORY LINES: The Buffs followed up the 71-58 win over No. 9 Arizona with a 63-62 overtime loss to Arizona State last week. ... Josh Scott suffered a concussion against the Sun Devils and is officially listed as "day to day" by the CU medical staff. ... Spencer Dinwiddie continued a strong individual run with 24 points, three assists and two steals against Arizona State. He was 14-for-14 at the free throw line and has now made 32 consecutive free throws. Cory Higgins owns the CU record with 45 consecutive made free throws during the 2010-11 season. ... The Buffs are looking to avenge their 58-55 loss at Utah on Feb. 2, when they nearly came back from a 22-point deficit.
UTAH STORY LINES: The Utes beat Arizona State (60-55) and lost to Arizona (68-64) last week. ... Jason Washburn averaged and 20.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in the two games. ... Utah has freshman forward Jordan Loveridge (11.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg), who missed the first meeting with CU due to injury, back in the starting lineup next to Washburn. Tad Boyle and his staff recruited Loveridge. ... Utah has an official NCAA RPI ranking of 172 this week compared to 21 for CU.
KEY STAT: CU forward Andre Roberson, the nation's leading rebounder (11.8 per game), has averaged 14.8 points and 14.0 rebounds in four career games against Utah.
COACHES: Boyle is 65-34 in his third season at CU. Larry Krystkowiak is 17-39 in his second season at Utah.
SERIES: Colorado leads 23-16, including a 14-4 record in Boulder.
PROBABLE STARTERS: Colorado -- F Andre Roberson, 6-7, Jr., 10.3 ppg, 11.8 rpg; F Xavier Johnson, 6-6, Fr., 8.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg; G Spencer Dinwiddie, 6-6, So., 15.4 ppg, 3.0 apg; G Askia Booker, 6-1, So., 13.6 ppg, 2.3 apg; G Sabatino Chen, 6-4, Sr., 4.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg. Utah -- C Jason Washburn, 6-10, Sr., 11.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg; F Jordan Loveridge, 6-6, Fr., 11.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg; G Glen Dean, 5-10, Jr., 6.2 ppg, 2.4 apg; G Jarred DuBois, 6-3, Sr., 12.1 ppg, 3.1 apg; G Cedric Martin, 6-4, Sr., 4.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg.
UP NEXT: The Buffs will make their final road trip of the regular season with games next Wednesday at Stanford (9 p.m., ESPN2) and Saturday at Cal (3 p.m., ESPNU).