Colorado’s Josh Scott passes around Oregon State’s Daniel Gomis in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 conference tournament Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in Las Vegas. (John Locher, The Associated Press)LAS VEGAS, Nev. — A day after defeating Oregon State 78-71 in an opening round of the Pac-12 Tournament, 10-seed Colorado (15-16) will face a different animal Thursday night in a quarterfinal at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
In contrast to defensive minded Oregon State, No. 2 seed Oregon was the second-highest scoring team in the conference (76 points per game) during the regular season and the Ducks (23-8) feature the league’s top scorer, Joseph Young.
The senior guard averaged 19.8 points per game and was voted Pac-12 player of the year.
“One thing that Oregon does is, they really score the ball,” CU coach Tad Boyle said. “Joe Young is a terrific scorer. They shoot the ball from the three well. They have a lot of interchangeable parts.
“So we’re really going to have to guard tomorrow. We’re going to have to guard the ball. We’re going to have to guard the 3-point line.”
Oregon won the only regular-season meeting, 73-60 on Feb. 18 in Eugene, Ore. Colorado shot just 28.1 percent from the field in the first half to fall behind 39-22. The Buffs finished at 35.5 percent and hit just 2-of-18 from 3-point range.
Against Oregon State’s 3-2 zone, Colorado shot 50 percent, including 56.5 percent in the second half. Oregon’s zone has more movement and plays with more of an attacking philosophy.
“Oregon tries to keep you off-balance a little bit defensively with their matchup zone,” Boyle said. “They’re going to be doubling on Josh (Scott), every time he touches it. It’s up to us to handle double teams and make them pay.
“Basketball is a simple game. If there’s two (defenders) on one guy, then somebody’s open. You just have to move the ball and find that guy.”
Colorado’s offense, inconsistent for most of the season, found some rhythm in the second half Wednesday night with an inside-outside attack that frustrated seventh-seeded Oregon State (17-14). Senior … – Click Here To Visit Article Source