SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — It wasn't so long ago that Colorado men's basketball coach Tad Boyle rescinded the comparisons he had been making for months between freshman Tyler Bey and the rebounding prowess of former CU star and current Oklahoma City forward Andre Roberson.
At this rate, those comparisons might soon regain a second life.
While Bey struggled offensively, he turned in his third consecutive strong rebounding performance during Friday's 80-73 loss against Iowa while making the first start of his career.
"I thought Tyler defensively against (Tyler) Cook was terrific," Boyle said. "He's becoming the defender we thought he could be. So there's some positive things. But the downside is we let a team off the hook tonight."
Though he went 2-for-7 from the floor and 1-for-4 at the free throw line, Bey still finished with a team-leading seven rebounds against Iowa. Through the first nine games of the season, Bey grabbed 25 rebounds and averaged just 2.8 per game, prompting Boyle to retreat from his previous comparisons to a player who owns the top two single-season rebounding marks in program history.
In the past three games, however, Bey has doubled his total rebounds with 25 more while averaging 8.3 per game.
XJ in the house
2017 CU basketball grad Xavier Johnson attended the game Friday night. Signed earlier this fall by the Texas Legends of the NBA G-League, Johnson's club was in town to battle the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Saturday night.
Through his first 11 games with the Legends, Johnson has averaged 5.4 points and 2.7 rebounds.
Boyle said freshman guard Lazar Nikolic has been dealing with a sore ankle, which was the reason behind Nikolic playing only seven minutes on Friday night, all in the first half...Former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, an Iowa graduate and South Dakota native, presented the ceremonial opening tip...Senior George King continued his streaky shooting from 3-point range. After shaking off an 0-for-11 slump by making four in a row to close last week's win against South Dakota State, King went 0-for-4 against Iowa. King did reach a career-high with three steals...The Buffs fell to 0-2 at the Sanford Pentagon, also losing to Iowa State in the 2015-16 opener...CU's 11 turnovers was its third-lowest mark of the season.