Tyler Self scored his first — and so far, only — college basket in the closing seconds of KU’s 90-54 blowout of former league rival Colorado.
That’s how bad this one got. Bill Self found double-digit minutes for his B team, with Perry Ellis, Naadir Tharpe and Jamari Traylor logging significant time off the bench. Then, with more than two minutes left in the game, nepotism ran rampant. Walk-on Evan Manning, son of former Jayhawk player and assistant Danny Manning, saw four minutes of floor time, alongside Niko Roberts, son of former St. John’s coach and Kansas assistant Norm Roberts, Justin Wesley (pictured), half-brother of former KU standout Keith Langford, and Tyler Self, son of head coach Bill.
Colorado dispatched of Murray State late on Sunday night, giving the Buffaloes their second tournament title in the calender year. The last one they won? The Pac-12 tournament back in March, which sent Tad Boyle’s club off to the NCAA tournament. But with a number of key pieces leaving that group and coming off of an up-and-down regular season, there were those that doubted the Buffs heading into the year.
Well, not anymore. Not after Colorado knocked off Dayton, Baylor and Murray State. Not after Askia Booker looked like Colorado’s star despite the fact that Andre Roberson did everything we all expected him to do this season. Not after Spencer Dinwiddie appeared to be one of the nation’s most versatile defenders and Josh Scott and Xavier Johnson proved to be much further along than typical freshmen. Until otherwise noted, Arizona and UCLA have to be considered the favorites to win the Pac-12.
“Carlon Brownsoared through the lane and threw down a windmill breakaway dunk in the final minute, putting some serious punctuation on Colorado’s latest upset win.
Although the Buffaloes’ postseason fate has been a big question mark for two straight seasons, they’re one win away from finishing their first Pac-12 tournament with an exclamation point.”
I used to live in Colorado, but I always had a hard time rooting for the Buffs because they were in the same conference as my alma mater. Now, I can full-on pull for Tad Boyle (a grad of my alma mater) to take over the craptastic Pac-12 and grab that auto-bid.
Just in case you wondered how bad the Pac-12 is: Colorado, a doormat in the Big 12, is in second place in their first season after switching conferences. That’s mean-spirited of me. I actually believe Tad Boyle is a coach on the rise and is earning his spot.