Through six games, it has been a recurring theme.

The Colorado men's basketball team continues to give up 3-pointers at an alarming rate.

In Thursday's 76-68 win against UC Santa Barbara, the Gauchos hit 11 of 28 shots from beyond the arc.

"It's officially a deficiency of our team now," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "Maybe I've been in denial. When it happens six games in a row, I think maybe that's a trend."

This season, CU opponents have been successful on 3-pointers 38.2 percent of the time (52 of 136). The Buffs are on pace for their worst 3-point defense since allowing 39.3 percent in 2006-07. Last year, the Buffs held opponents to 32 percent.

"We have to get better," Boyle said. "Part of it is just scouting report and understanding personnel. The other part is playing shots high and shaking hands with them."

UCSB's Taran Brown hit a career-high seven 3s, finishing with a career-best 23 points. He came in averaging 6.7 points per game.

"Our scouting report said he's a shooter," CU junior Askia Booker said. "But, we didn't know he shot it like that."

Boyle, however, was miffed when told of Booker's comment.

"That's not respecting your opponent," Boyle said. "When we have 'shooter' on the scouting report, that means he's a shooter.

"Our guys' mentality isn't there yet. Whether it's Askia Booker or Spencer Dinwiddie as juniors or our freshmen, it's everybody.


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What the team needs right now, they need some guys in that locker room that have been here and done that to make sure everybody understands that our assistant coaches know what the hell they're talking about when they put a scouting report together.

"We don't have that, and it's my job to make sure it happens."

Johnson returns

Sophomore Xavier Johnson returned to the lineup after missing two games. Johnson was "dinged" at practice last Friday and did not return until Wednesday's practice.

"Yeah, it felt good," Johnson said after posting nine points, five rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes. "I was full of energy and ready to play."

Johnson said there was a little bit of rust, but it wore off quickly.

"I think I'm pretty much there," he said. "Playing a basketball game will get you back pretty fast."

Notable

CU's five-game win streak is its longest since starting the 2012-13 season at 6-0. ... CU is 49-7 at home in Boyle's four seasons, including 5-0 this season. ... UCSB still leads the all-time series 5-4. ... CU out-rebounded the Gauchos 34-25. The Buffs are 4-0 this season and 58-10 under Boyle when out-rebounding opponents. ... Earlier on Thursday, Dinwiddie was named as one of 50 players on the Naismith Trophy watch list. ... Dinwiddie moved up to No. 32 on CU's career scoring list (951 points), while Booker moved to 50th (793). ... Josh Scott had a career-high four steals and the Buffs as a team had a season high of 12 steals.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.