Colorado: The Buffaloes, with their first 10-win season since 2001, were holding out hope for a Rose Bowl berth, but USC got the Pac-12 spot in Pasadena after moving from 11th to ninth, and a spot ahead of Colorado, in the final CFP rankings. Colorado lost 41-10 to Washington in the Pac-12 championship game.
“That’s the best feeling, especially here at CU,” Butler said.
“There’s not an unrealistic expectation from my perspective,” Kruger said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. We need a lot of reps. These games are all great for us. Every time these guys get on the floor and get a little more comfortable and identify their role in a game situation, it’s huge for us.”
“He’s given me a few ‘Wow’ moments,” MacIntyre said.
“We communicate well and that’s why we play well,” said Olugbode, whose team will face No. 4 Washington (11-1, No. 5 CFP) on Friday in the Pac-12 championship game.
“Tonight was Parker’s best game at Arizona, in my opinion,” Wildcats coach Sean Miller said, “because everything he did was important.”.
“We got off to a great start, really flowing offensively,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. “Second half Colorado really guarded us and we had to find different ways to play. We made free throws and it was kind of a grinding game. I’m proud of how we held people but we have a lot of guys that have won big games and have big game pressure on them. I thought that experience helped us escape tonight.”
A quick rundown of some of the clear-cut items to be decided:
Frank Toohey added 15 points, hitting 9 for 11 from the free throw line, and Zach Kocur had 13 points with six rebounds and six assists for Air Force, which is 4-0 for the first time since the 2007-08 season.