Boulder, CO – Previously undefeated and nationally ranked (10th) Oregon suffered their first loss of season in Boulder against the 21st ranked Colorado Buffaloes (13-2) before a sell-out crowd. The high-scoring contest saw Colorado down the 13-1 Ducks 100-91 and defeat a second top ten opponent this season. There were many surges and lead changes including a 10-point lead (58-48) by Oregon early in the second half, but Colorado’s backcourt of Askia Booker and Spencer Dinwiddie hit key shots to help the home team take the lead and hang on for the victory.
Colorado junior guard Booker had a career high 27 points to go with seven rebounds, four assists and no turnovers. Booker was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week as a result of his performance in the contest. Dinwiddie scored 23 points and had seven assists while shooting 3-of-4 on three-pointers, hitting two in the second half Buffalo surge. Colorado was balanced with second-year players, 6’10 Josh Scott’s 12 rebounds and 15 points and Xavier Johnson’s 15 points. As a team Colorado shot 33-of-39 from the foul line and outrebounded the Ducks by six (39-33).
Head Coach Dana Altman’s Oregon team did a great job changing defenses and helping to pressure 16 Colorado turnovers. Standout Joseph Young scored 16 points while Mike Moser had 24 to go with team-high seven rebounds. However, Colorado played with great poise and confidence in securing the home win.
Dinwiddie, projected to be a late first round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, has good size at 6’6 and can play either guard position. He’s a long and lanky athlete, is aggressive and uses his height with a very effective first step to explode by defenders. He can handle contact and physical play fittingly whether in open court or the paint and keeps his balance despite his length.
Dinwiddie has a very nice shooting form, enough to draw defenders to NBA range (47 percent this season). The biggest concern may be shot selection, as he will fire at any time from deep. He plays both point and shooting guard and is effective at either, but strength may be at wing using speed and range. He can handle the ball under pressure and drain the three.
Dinwiddie is a decent defender, showing excellent effort. Although he gets screened, he works hard and doesn’t give up on drives. He needs more work on getting through screens defensively, but has the lateral quickness, so that will develop with experience and repetition
Rich Ward is a Correspondent and Scout for NetScouts Basketball.