The first step is out of the way for Team Colorado.
Any notion of a lackadaisical approach or possible letdown as the No. 1 seed in the West Region for The Basketball Tournament was quickly cast aside by the squad of former Colorado Buffaloes standouts on Saturday, as the CU alums posted a 100-71 win against Kimchi Express in a first-round matchup in Las Vegas.
Team Colorado will play ninth-seeded Broad Street Brawlers, a group of players mostly from the Philadelphia area, at 1:45 p.m. MDT today.
The defending runner-up in the $2 million winner-take-all TBT, Team Colorado raced to a 52-34 halftime lead and cruised the rest of the way.
The dominant effort featured six Team Colorado players with at least 10 points, including a team-leading 26 points from guard Marcus Hall to go with nine rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Shannon Sharpe made eight of 10 shots from the floor and finished with 17 points, while Team Colorado newcomers Michel Morandais and Chris Copeland tallied 14 points apiece. Copeland notched a double-double by grabbing 10 rebounds, while Calvin Williams paced Team Colorado’s 53-27 advantage on the glass with 11 rebounds.