2013 NCAA Hoops USC at Colorado

My busy week continued with a Thursday evening trip up to Boulder for the University of Southern California and University of Colorado men’s basketball game at the Coors Events Center.  This was the home Pac-12 opener for the Buffaloes who had a hard start to the Pac-12 season with a heartbreaking loss to Arizona and a loss to ASU two nights later.

Pac-12 hoops.  I was stoked.  I got a call earlier in the day from one of the many CU team photographers.  I was going to go up and help him set up a remote camera prior to the game, which was televised on ESPNU that night.  He forgot my card and did not have my number to call me, which was fine because I had a meeting that morning and could not have made it.  We talked about the positioning of his camera, and the pain he went through putting it up.  When I got to the arena, the camera looked ok.  It was about 10 feet above the hoop.  The Coors Events Center does not give you a good location to properly hang a remote camera above the hoop, so this photographer did an ok job in my estimation.  Even the ESPNU guys said it looked fine.  However, right before tip off, NCAA officials told him he had to take it down.  Bummer.  I probably will not do it this season, but I want to work with CU Hoops and get a camera mount made to go up near the ceiling.  It will just take some work.

January 10th, 2013: A Colorado cheerleader smiles at the crowd prior to the start of action of the NCAA basketball game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the University of Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Events Center in Boulder CO (Carl Auer/Cal Sport Media)

So the pre-game stuff started, and out came the cheerleaders and Chips the mascot.  Prior to the start, when the starting 5 for the visiting team is announced, the student fans have newspapers that they read.  I noticed out of the corner of my eye that Chips was doing something, so I took the shot bellow.

January 10th, 2013: While the USC Trojan team is introduced, Chips the CU Buffaloes mascot reads the newspaper before the start of the NCAA basketball game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the University of Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Events Center in Boulder CO (Carl Auer/Cal Sport Media)

A few days later I found that Cal Sport Media had sold the photo to Sports Illustrated.  The original on SI can be seen HERE, but bellow is a screen capture of the image.

Previous photo as seen in a photo gallery on the Sports Illustrated website. (Carl Auer)

A few days after this game, the USC coach was fired, and I am hoping to see some play from the image bellow….I have others too….but this is the one Cal Sport is pushing for me.

January 10th, 2013: Now fired USC head coach Kevin O'Neill during the NCAA basketball game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the University of Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Events Center in Boulder CO (Carl Auer/Cal Sport Media)

The game was all Colorado.  The Trojans kept close through most of the first half, but with about 5 minutes to go before halftime, Colorado went on a huge run.  The Buffs went on to a 41 to 26 halftime lead over the visiting Trojans.

January 10th, 2013: Colorado Buffaloes senior guard Sabatino Chen (23) flips a shot up against the USC Trojan defense during the NCAA basketball game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the University of Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Events Center in Boulder CO (Carl Auer/Cal Sport Media)

The play of Sabatino Chen and Askia Booker, and Freshman Josh Scott was just too much for USC.  The second half, USC played a better game, but it was not enough to keep up with the Buffaloes.

January 10th, 2013: Colorado Buffaloes junior forward/center Shane Harris-Tunks (15) attempts a lay up during the NCAA basketball game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the University of Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Events Center in Boulder CO (Carl Auer/Cal Sport Media)

January 10th, 2013: University of Southern California Trojans freshman guard Chass Bryan (13) attempts to collect a loose ball from Colorado Buffaloes freshman forward Josh Scott (40) during the NCAA basketball game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the University of Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Events Center in Boulder CO (Carl Auer/Cal Sport Media)

Colorado would end up winning the game 66 to 60.  Now, let me tell you.  During the football season, I was pulling all year for my Huskies to win.  At first it did not bother me that the Buffs were just not winning.  In fact, after the 3rd CU home game this football season I called that the coach would not be back the next season.  I like football, but I am not a “football fanatic”.  My two sports are Basketball and Baseball.  Again, for the Pac-12 season, I want to see my Dawgs win, but I am finding myself pulling for the Buffs more and more.  Maybe it is the close proximity to the players each night I am there, or interacting each game with the CU staff, but I am hoping for good things for this Buffs team.

January 10th, 2013: Colorado Buffaloes sophomore guard Askia Booker (0) finger rolls a shot attempt up in the NCAA basketball game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the University of Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Events Center in Boulder CO (Carl Auer/Cal Sport Media)

January 10th, 2013: Colorado Buffaloes sophomore guard Askia Booker (0) floats a shot attempt up over the USC defense in the NCAA basketball game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the University of Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Events Center in Boulder CO (Carl Auer/Cal Sport Media)

I am really liking by the play of Askia Booker, Andre Roberson, and Cousy Award Watch Lister Spencer Dinwiddie.  They are really exciting to watch.  I would like to see more explosive play from Josh Scott.  While still a freshman, and a great player (led the team in scoring in this win with 14), I would like to see some more excitement.  I think of older Pac-10 players like WSU’s Tavares Mack.  Spoon was a flamboyant dunker, much like UW’s Brandon Roy.  I would also like to see a little more Nate Robinson in Ski, and Dinwiddie reminds me a lot of UW’s Eldridge Recasner or Bryant Boston, maybe even a little Dion Brown (although I have yet to see Dinwiddie pull a 360 dunk in a game like Brown did in 1990).

January 10th, 2013: Colorado Buffaloes freshman forward Josh Scott (40) is fouled on his shot attempt by University of Southern California Trojans junior forward Dewayne Dedmon (14) during the NCAA basketball game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the University of Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Events Center in Boulder CO (Carl Auer/Cal Sport Media)

Anyway, Colorado is impressing me and I hope their Pac-12 season gets better.  It is exciting to have some great basketball in basically my backyard.

January 10th, 2013: Colorado Buffaloes sophomore guard Askia Booker (0) drives the ball against the USC defense during second half action of the NCAA basketball game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the University of Colorado Buffaloes at the Coors Events Center in Boulder CO (Carl Auer/Cal Sport Media)

All of these photos are available for media use only from Cal Sport Media.

 

 

 

 

 

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