The reviews are in. And the second glance wasn't any less discouraging to University of Colorado men's basketball coach Tad Boyle as the first.
After reviewing the video of Friday's season-opening 68-62 loss against No. 7 Iowa State, Boyle's lament only deepened over the missed opportunity his club suffered against a marquee opponent. Preparations already have begun to correct those errors and get a different result Tuesday when the Buffaloes visit Auburn (1 p.m. MST, ESPN).
"It hurts even more," Boyle said. "What stood out to me was how poorly we executed offensively, and how many layups we gave up defensively. I knew we were giving up layups because we keep track of those on the bench, but then when you watch the film ... you get more frustrated watching the film, because you feel like we should have those things shored up by now.
"I told the guys there's something we did right. Because we didn't play very well offensively. We didn't play particularly well defensively. We got outrebounded by five. And somehow we're still in the game. So obviously we did some things well, but as a coach you're always look at the things you didn't do well."
Boyle expressed confidence the Buffs will enjoy more production from junior guard Josh Fortune against Auburn. After sitting out last year per NCAA transfer rules after moving to Boulder from Providence, Fortune made his CU debut against Iowa State.
"Josh Fortune is going to be fine as long as he takes good shots," Boyle said. "The thing I worry more about Josh is at the defensive end than the offensive end. That's one thing we've challenged him to do is be a consistent defender. He's made strides, but it doesn't come natural to him. I don't worry about him making shots."
Fortune got the starting nod at shooting guard and went 3-for-8 from the floor and 1-for-3 from 3-point range, finishing with seven points, four rebounds, one assist, and two turnovers in 23 minutes.
"It felt good to be back out there with my teammates competing with a top 10 team," Fortune said. "I thought we fought hard the whole game. We've just got to cut down on turnovers and focus on some key defensive points that we talked about."
Belgian guard Thomas Akyazili grew up roughly three hours from Paris but said after practice Sunday he has neither friends nor family in the city stunned by a horrific terrorist attack on Friday.
However, Akyazili's hometown is just a half hour outside Brussels, where seven suspects have been arrested in connection with Friday's coordinated attacks.
"We've had threats against Belguim in the last year, so you're always a little concerned for your family," Akyazili said. "It's all just terrible."
De'Ron Davis, the state's top basketball recruit this season out of Overland High School, signed his letter of intent Thursday with Indiana. Boyle said the Buffs pursued the 6-foot-10 Davis to no avail.
"We recruited De'Ron. We wanted De'Ron. And he chose to go somewhere else," Boyle said. "Any Colorado kid that has that kind of profile, we're going to recruit. At the end of the day, we want players that want to wear the Buff uniform. If they don't, good luck."