If the Colorado Buffaloes men’s basketball team eventually realizes its goal of reaching the NCAA Tournament, there is little doubt Tyler Bey will have to play a leading role.
Beginning with Tuesday night’s home date against a solid Northern Iowa squad (7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks), the Buffs have to find a way to get Bey back on track. Over the past three games, as defenses have turned their focus primarily upon stopping Bey, CU’s junior forward has attempted only 12 shots.
For a player who shot .541 from the field last year, that simply is not enough. Kansas offered a blueprint for future Buffs foes by completely denying entry passes to the post.
“I’ve got to work on turning and facing and taking my time. Just being patient with the ball,” Bey said. “When they come double-team me, just face it up.
“Our main goal is to get to the tournament. That (Kansas) game isn’t going to hurt us but tomorrow now. We have to take care of business at home. We just have to slow down and play together. One thing that we were talking about yesterday was we have to trust each other more on defense and on defense.”
Bey still has shot 6-for-12 over the past three games while averaging 10.3 rebounds. Head coach Tad Boyle expects the Panthers to unleash similar defensive tactics on Tuesday.
“We have to get the ball inside against these guys, because that’s where our advantage is,” Boyle said. “And they’re going to do everything they can — sagging, gapping up, doubling the post — they’re going to do everything they can to keep it out.”
This is the first game in eight days for Northern Iowa, which last played on Dec. 2 while posting a lopsided 115-51 win at home against Luther College…Evan Battey leads the Buffs with a .571 shooting percentage and is coming off a 14-point, seven rebound effort at Kansas…Only two CU players have produced more assists than turnovers — McKinley Wright (28 assists, 18 turnovers), and D’Shawn Schwartz (13 assists, nine turnovers)…This will be the Buffs final home game until Dec. 19 against Prairie View A&M.