The Buffs currently feature a record of 15-11 after winning four of their last five games and sit 7th in the Pac-12 standings at 5-8. Considering CU dropped its first seven games in the conference, the fact they are placed in the mid tier right now speaks volumes to the teams play as of late.
The Buffs have been on fire offensively. They are averaging 80 points per contest over their last eight games and have won six of them. The offensive load has been shared around, with three players averaging double figures in scoring led by Derrick White with 17.0 per game. Take a look at this points spread from the Buffs win over Washington last week.
- George King – 21 points
- Derrick White- 16 points
- Lucas Siewert – 12 points
- Tory Miller – 11 points
- Dominique Collier – 10 points
- Bryce Peters – 10 points
The spread of scoring is phenomenal, and is something CU have been doing well over the course of their resurgence. While White has led from the front all season, senior guard Xavier Johnson has added 14.7 points per game and guard George King has posted 11.6 points per contest.
The Buffs have been average defensively. They have given up 71.7 points to their opponents this season however, have been exceptional as of late. In the Buffs most recent game against Washington State, CU kept the Cougars to just 49 points — a season low. The game prior to that, the Buffs held Washinton to 66 points in a double-digit victory.
This team is gifted offensively, there is no doubting that. However, the key for the Buffs season begins with its defense. The Pac-12 is a quick pace, high scoring conference for the most part. If CU are able to knuckle down on defense like they have in previous games while still being able to score through spreading the offensive load, then things are really looking up.
The Buffs will obviously need to win the Pac-12 tournament to make the final show in March. While this seems like a long shot, the Buffs are on the upswing and are a much better team than their 15-11 record suggests.