ALBUQUERQUE, NM - MARCH 15: Carlon Brown #30 of the Colorado Buffaloes goes up for a dunk against the UNLV Rebels in the second half during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Pit on March 15, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SB Nation's resident Colorado blogger talks about the Buffaloes improbable run over the last two weeks and why he thinks Baylor will be the next high-seed to fall on Saturday.
To preview Baylor's second round NCAA Tournament game against Colorado, we've asked Parker Baruh from the SBN"s Colorado blog the Ralphie Report to give us the inside scoop on the Buffaloes.
How they got here: Colorado's season so far has been filled with inconsistency. Until the Pac-12 Tournament, the team really struggled at neutral and road sites. In the non-conference part of the season, Colorado had trouble in both facets of the game and turned it over continuously. When conference play arrived, the Buffaloes let their phenomenal student section and their improving defense guide them to wins. They had wins over Washington, California, Oregon, and Arizona, but continued to fail on the road. Ultimately, the Buffaloes are playing their best at the right time and Carlon Brown is leading the way.
Their biggest strength: Their defense
Their biggest weakness: The biggest weakness for the Buffaloes has to be their decision making. They commit turnovers when the offense becomes stagnant and start to force it. Colorado has very little depth as well. Besides Askia Booker, there is not too much scoring off the bench. Boyle puts out lineups with inferior offensive players and just Booker, and the team seems to struggle. Colorado, just like most teams, turns the ball over too much and when they do, they tend to lose.
What to watch for: Carlon Brown. The man has been on a tear since the start of the Pac-12 Tournament and hasn't cooled off yet. He gets into the lane with a variety of quick spins and dribble penetration moves. Additionally, he likes to post up and he gets some easy looks when he is the post. If Carlon Brown plays well and efficiently, the Buffaloes hardly lose. If Carlon Brown takes low percentage threes and doesn't get the rim, he won't be effective; however, if he gets into a rhythm, he is a dangerous player.
A prediction: If the Buffaloes can force Quincy Acy and Perry Jones III to shoot from the outside, the Buffaloes have a chance. The key to this game for Colorado is to limit the bigs of Baylor. At this point, I'm no longer betting against Tad Boyle. Buffaloes win a tight one, 61-57.