Just two days after defeating the #6 ranked team in the country, the Colorado Buffaloes are moving up in the polls. Askia Booker sank the three-pointer to land Colorado the #21 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 this week. CBS Sports on the other hand has the Buffs ranked #13 in the nation, ahead of Kansas. Colorado had some impressive wins in the past week, of course Kansas was the big one, but going into Moby and defeating the Colorado State Rams was beneficial. Colorado currently sits at 9-1 on the season with impressive wins over Harvard and Kansas, their only loss on the season came to #14 ranked Baylor in their first game of the season.
Andy Katz of ESPN named Askia Booker his National Player of the Week after his three-point shot to down the Jayhawks. Booker would score 15 points, shooting 5-of-12 from the field. He would also go 3-for-6 from downtown, with 3 rebounds and a steal. Here is what Booker said on CUBuffs.com about the shot.
“Thankfully, I came out and hit that shot. It felt great when it left my hand. I told the media after the game, I was actually in a straight line, which is great for a shooter. You don’t want to be fading away to the left or the right or backwards. I was going straight for the basket. My momentum held my form up and it went right in.”
Spencer Dinwiddie rallied his team back despite foul trouble early on, scoring 15 points, eight of which were at the free-throw line.
The Buffaloes will have another tough test ahead before they begin PAC-12 play. They play this Friday against Elon who lies in the Southern Conference, but the real test is the week after. The Buffs will host the #7 ranked team in the nation, the Oklahoma State Cowboys at the Coors Event Center. Oklahoma St. is lead by sophomore guard Marcus Smart, who was a Second Team Consensus All-American his freshman year. Smart is playing well for the Cowboys this season, averaging 19.7 points per game, 4.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.9 steals. The Cowboys are also led by Senior forward Markel Brown who has blossomed this season, averaging 16.2 points per game while shooting 43.2% percent from three and a career-high 81.1% percent from the charity stripe.
Colorado will play Elon, Oklahoma State, and Georgia before opening PAC-12 play January 2nd against the Oregon State Beavers at home.