Darien Hagan and Michael Westbrook lead their high powered attack against the Crimson Tide at Madison Square Garden in what should be a great game. Wait... that was the Blockbuster Bowl of 91. Let me start over again.
Chauncey Billups... wait.... that's not right either. Let's go with this: two teams that should've been in the NCAA Tournament match up in Madison Square Garden looking to advance to the championship game on Thursday.
There's a nice writeup on Coach Grant on the Buffaloes' website. Read it if you get a minute.
Alec Burks and Cory Higgins lead the Buffaloes in scoring at 20.5 and 16.1 a game. Neither are serious three point threats, but they do try. The one shooter we need to watch out there is Levi Knutston. He's hitting at a 48% clip out there. Marcus Relphorde is also shooting over 40% beyond the arc so we're going to have our hands full around the arc.
Keys to the game:
- keep the score in the 60s
- pound the ball inside
- hands up on defense on the perimeter
- limit 2nd chance shots
Prediction: This one worries me. While we haven't played a neutral site game since the Oklahoma State one (and that was in OKC) we didn't fare too well (winless). Colorado won 3 neutral site games. Still, I can go against my boys... Mitchell and Releford shine in NYC with a boost from Hillman as we move on to Thursday's championship game. Bama by 6.
Game time is 9:30PM EST (8:30PM CST) on ESPN and espn3.com if you can't get in front of a TV. I want to note that the times given is from ESPN3.com. I saw on both the Colorado and Alabama websites that 9PM EST (8PM CST) is the start time so you might want to verify. I assume the 9:30 time is to allow 30 minutes after the Wichita St/Washington St game for cleanup.
DJC is there. Hopefully he's dining on some good NY pizza and not the Sbarro's across the street from the Garden.