2013 NCAA Basketball Utah at Colorado

A short week for the Buffaloes as their only opponent this week was the Utah Utes as they came across the Continental Divide to face their Pac-12 rivals.  Colorado was looking at bouncing back from their second loss this season to Arizona State.

February 21st, 2013 Boulder, CO - A Colorado Cheerleader dances prior to the start of action in the NCAA basketball game between the University of Utah Utes and the University of Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Events Center in Boulder CO (Carl Auer/Cal Sport Media)

The Buffs were without freshman forward Josh Scott who was listed as day to day after being knocked out in the second half of the ASU game.  He was sitting on the bench in sweats and had earplugs in to keep the noise at the Coors Events Center from bothering his concussion too much.

February 21st, 2013 Boulder, CO - Chips, the Buffaloes mascot, holds up a Scott sign in tribute to the injured Josh Scott who suffered a concussion in the previous game prior to the start of the NCAA basketball game between the University of Utah Utes and the University of Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Events Center in Boulder CO (Carl Auer/Cal Sport Media)

After shooting 39 hockey games and three basketball games the previous week, I was happy for the short week with the Buffs.

Early in the first half I saw something I have been waiting for all season, a break away.  I quickly changed from my 7D and 70-200 2.8 lens and grabbed my Canon 1D Mark II with the 24-70 2.8 lens and started shooting away.  My favorite shots from the breakaway are bellow.

February 21st, 2013 Boulder, CO - Acting like a runaway train, Colorado Buffaloes junior forward André Roberson (21) takes flight for a break away dunk after the whistle blue the action dead during the NCAA basketball game between the University of Utah Utes and the University of Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Events Center in Boulder CO (Carl Auer/Cal Sport Media)

February 21st, 2013 Boulder, CO - Dead ball or not, Colorado Buffaloes junior forward André Roberson (21) was on a mission to entertain the packed Coors Event Center with a thundering one handed dunk during the NCAA basketball game between the University of Utah Utes and the University of Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Events Center in Boulder CO (Carl Auer/Cal Sport Media)

Unfortunately, the above play was blown dead as Utah fouled the Buffs as the ball was stolen and the fast break started.  Still made for a fun shot and gave me an idea for the next game, but you will have to wait to see what that is.

February 21st, 2013 Boulder, CO - Colorado Buffaloes junior forward André Roberson (21) lays up a shot against the Utes defense during the NCAA basketball game between the University of Utah Utes and the University of Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Events Center in Boulder CO (Carl Auer/Cal Sport Media)

André Roberson and the rest of the Buffs picked up their game with Scott out and they were playing like a team possessed.  There was very little the Utes could do to stop the stampeding Buffaloes.

February 21st, 2013 Boulder, CO - University of Utah Utes senior center Jason Washburn (42) reverses a shot up over Colorado Buffaloes freshman guard Xavier Talton (3) in the first half of action during the NCAA basketball game between the University of Utah Utes and the University of Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Events Center in Boulder CO (Carl Auer/Cal Sport Media)

The Utes tried hard to get into the game, but just could not find the groove.  And with the deafening sound from the CU fans, the Buffs just had that extra little bit going for them.

February 21st, 2013 Boulder, CO - Colorado Buffaloes freshman guard Xavier Talton (3) breaks towards the basket during the NCAA basketball game between the University of Utah Utes and the University of Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Events Center in Boulder CO (Carl Auer/Cal Sport Media)

Near the end of the game the Utes went into desperation mode and started fouling to attempt to chip away at the Buffaloes lead, but when you foul players like Askia Booker and Spencer Dinwiddie, you are not going to get any closer.

February 21st, 2013 Boulder, CO - Colorado Buffaloes sophomore guard Spencer Dinwiddie (25) sets to attempt a free throw during the second half of action in the NCAA basketball game between the University of Utah Utes and the University of Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Events Center in Boulder CO (Carl Auer/Cal Sport Media)

The photos from this game are available for MEDIA USE ONLY through Cal Sport Media.

Share Button

Comments are closed.