Monday CU Basketball Notes (free content)

Inside, Ricardo Patton talks about what went right in Saturday's win at Missouri.

• With the Buffs now 11-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play, Ricardo Patton and his staff are hoping the team can corral some of the confidence it gained from the Missouri win and turn it into momentum. Patton said Monday he was glad about how the Buffs won as much as the fact they won. "Missouri just made play after play after play, and our guys responded," he said.

• Patton used some different player combinations during the win. That included three big men in Chris Copeland, Andy Osborn and Julius Ashby on the floor at the same time for the first time all season. Patton said Monday "we'll have to see" whether or not he'll stick with some of the new combinations.

• It was no surprise that Julius Ashy drew his first start of the season Saturday, and not really a surprise that Martane Freeman was also inserted into the starting five. The big surprise came when, for the first time this season, Patton went with senior Antoine McGee as his starting point guard. McGee was averaging roughly 7 minutes a game prior to that. Patton said the move was to get a true point guard on the floor early, rather than regular starter Marcus Hall, who even though he leads the Big 12 in assists-to-turnover ratio, is more of a scorer. "I thought Antoine did a nice job," Patton said. "He can defend his position, and we know he's not going to be selfish with the basketball." Monday, Patton said he plans to use the same starting lineup vs. Baylor.

• The lesson from Saturday's win was on Patton's agenda for Monday's practice. He planned to talk about how Colorado's will to win got them the W. "That was a hard-fought game. Missouri's guards just kept making play after play. And they were being guarded. McKinney and Gardner are as good as any guards in the league."

• While the team took a bus from Columbia to Kansas City, then flew a commercial plane back to DIA on Sunday, head coach Ricardo Patton took the opportunity to travel home by train, something he's never done. Patton caught a train in Kansas City, which traveled first to Illinois, then to Denver. Patton said the train left Illinois at 4:30 Sunday afternoon, and got into Union Station at 8:30 this morning. "It was more about me wanting to get some quiet time," Patton said. "I always wanted to ride a train."

• A reminder: Wednesday's matchup with Baylor at Coors starts at 7:30 p.m., 30 minutes later than normal.

• Baylor comes Wednesday with just two games under its belt (0-2) after having its non-conference schedule suspended by the NCAA, punishment in the wake of the scandal surrounding a former BU player who was convicted of murdering a Baylor teammate. Patton downplayed the thought that Baylor would be unprepared Wednesday due to the late start because there are several veterans on the BU team. "It's more of a factor if you have a lot of new guys that don't understand what they're about to face," he said. "When you have guys that have gone through the Big 12, I don't think it's as bad as it could be."

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