Colorado made a huge statement in its first-round game, drilling 11 of 17 3-pointers in the first half as the Buffaloes routed Georgetown 96-73. According to research by CBSSports.com, it was the third most by a team in a half of an NCAA Tournament game. The Buffaloes finished with 16 3’s.
Florida State’s opponent on Monday (7:45 p.m. on TBS) may be one of the most efficient teams in the NCAA Tournament. Colorado (23-8) shot a remarkable 60.7 percent from the floor and an even more impressive 64 percent from 3-point range in the victory over the Hoyas on Monday. Nine Buffaloes played 10 or more minutes. Jabari Walker came off the bench to make 9 of 10 field-goal attempts, including all 5 3-pointers. Star point guard McKinley Wright made 4 of 8 shots from the floor, scoring 12 points while distributing 13 assists.
“You could tell Georgetown’s defensive game plan, or at least part of it, was to when McKinley came off ball screens to really make him play in a crowd and not let him score the ball,” Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. “When that’s happened before at times this year McKinley has gotten frustrated. Tonight he didn’t. He just took what the defense gave him. Our bigs did a great job of rolling or popping, depending on the case, but McKinley did a terrific job of just being patient.”
On the defensive end, Colorado frustrated Georgetown. The Hoyas shot 39.7 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from 3-point range. Georgetown’s 6-11 center, Qudus Wahab, had 20 points and 12 rebounds. That’s an encouraging sign considering FSU’s usage of 7-1 center Balsa Koprivica, who just narrowly missed a third straight postseason double-double.
Colorado showed it was disruptive on the defensive end, although there were some lapses.
“When we guard, we’re really, really good,” Boyle said. “Now, we didn’t guard very well in the second half. They scored 50 points, and we’ve got to do a better job of guarding without fouling. We put Georgetown on the foul line too much, so we’ve got to get our hands back and move our feet a little bit better.”
Here’s a closer look at the Buffaloes:
Top players: 6-0 G McKinley Wright IV (15.4 points, 5.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds), 6-7 F Jeriah Horne (11.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 40.8 3-point shooter), 6-8 F Evan Battey (10.0 points, 5.3 rebounds), 6-7 G D’Shawn Schwartz (9.2 points, 4.0 rebounds).
Shooting percentages: Colorado is shooting 45.4 percent from the floor, 37.7 percent from 3-point range and 82.2 percent from the free-throw line in 2020-21.
Big wins: Colorado has put together an impressive season, knocking off Southern Cal three times while also defeating the likes of Oregon, Arizona and UCLA. The Buffaloes defeated Georgetown in the first round of the NCAA Tournaament.
Bad losses: Colorado’s worst losses were to Washington (149th in KenPom) and California (127th).
Below are highlights of Colorado’s win over Georgetown: