The Buffs came out with a balanced attack and finished the game with six players in double figures. Levi Knutson came off on the bench on fire, shooting perfect from all points on the court, including 3-3 from behind the arc. When asked about the team's confidence heading into Las Vegas Knutson said, "We needed to take care of business here at home and that gives us a lot of confidence heading into Vegas."
The difference in the past two games has been the great starts the Buffs have produced. Colorado had a 21 point lead going into half, thanks in large part to a 16-0 run over a 6 minute span.
The Buffs already had three players in double figures at half. Marcus Relphorde and Alec Burks each led the way with 11, while Knutson added 10 more. The Buffs came out and ended all hope of a comeback early in the second half.
The Buffs never let the lead fall below 20 the entire second half and eventually pushed it up to 43 to end the game. The balanced attack that Colorado had is what Coach Boyle has been looking for all year.
"When we have more balance-tonight we had six guys in double figures- you have a lot of guys to be concerned with," Boyle said.
Senior Cory Higgins led the way for the Buffaloes with 18. Knutson had 17 off the bench. Alec Burks had a complete game with 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Relphorde and Andre Roberson each had 14 points. Austin Dufault was also able to put up 12 points.
Roberson had his second straight double-double against the Lancers, pulling down 13 rebounds. Roberson became the first freshman in 11 years to have back-to-back double-doubles.
"I think it will be a good opportunity to see how we've improved. I feel like we will do well too," Burks said about the Las Vegas Classic.The team is on a five-game winning streak, and offense and defense has improved each game.
It looks like the Buffs are ready to go out to Vegas and show the country they are ready to play against a NCAA tournament caliber teams.
"When we are balanced, we're good. Part if the role is to do your job and let the game come to you," Boyle said.