Going into Saturday's home date against Utah (4 p.m., ESPNU), Colorado sophomore forward Tyler Bey had recorded double-doubles in five of the previous seven games, narrowly missing another during that span when a late missed free throw left him with nine points and 10 rebounds in a home win against Arizona on Feb. 17.
Bey recorded 20 points and 11 rebounds during last week's loss at Washington and provided several highlight-reel dunks on the rare occasions the Buffs were able to get out in transition. However, he also was charged with a career-most six turnovers, and he has had a week to stew on that shortcoming.
"It's just doing the little things for my teammates. It gets me going," Bey said. "I feel like me rebounding makes my teammates reward me with buckets and stuff like that. But I had six turnovers last game. I could have 40 points and 20 rebounds, but six turnovers can kill us. That's something I'm working on. Slowing down and taking care of the ball."
CU head coach Tad Boyle didn't have a rooting interest, but he said he couldn't help but think of the Golden Bears players after Cal picked up its first league win against first-place and 25th-ranked Washington Thursday night.
"When you've got a group of kids that Cal has and they've gone through the season they've had, it's just nice to see them happy and excited," Boyle said. "That's what college basketball is all about this time of year."
CU 2020 commit Luke O'Brien from Columbine was named the 5A Jeffco League Player of the Year. The 6-foot-7 junior guard averaged 26.8 points and 9.9 rebounds in league play...After missing 14 games due to a thumb injury that required surgery, former CU star Spencer Dinwiddie returned to the rotation Friday night for the Brooklyn Nets, going 6-for-15 with 15 points and four assists in 23 minutes during a 123-112 loss against the Charlotte Hornets...Deleon Brown was ruled academically ineligible in January, yet in the last few weeks he hasn't even been able to help the Buffs at practice due to an ankle injury. Asked if Brown would get back on the floor this season, Boyle said, "I'd like to. I just show up and whoever is in uniform and ready to play...I don't even ask about it anymore. Just play the guys that are healthy."