The University of Colorado men’s basketball team is the definition of mediocrity, with an overall record of 11-11 and a conference record of 2-6. But last night’s game against Kansas in Boulder captured a national headline for nearly becoming the biggest college basketball upset of the season.
Kansas came into the game as the top program in the nation and probably overlooked the Buffs. Who can blame them? CU hasn’t beaten a top-ranked team in 13 games, including six against Kansas, notes the Associated Press. And yet the Buffs managed to make it a close game and force the first overtime between the two teams since 1964. It wasn’t to be, though, as Kansas led throughout the overtime period and ended up with a six-point win.
Boulder’s Daily Camera writes that the game had a March Madness feel. The Coors Event Center was packed, and the crowd finally had something to cheer about. The Denver Post points out that CU never plays Kansas well, dropping the last 14 games against them and 41 of the last 42 meetings, but last night is a sign the team is heading in the right direction.
The bottom line, however, is that there are no moral victories in sports. As the Camera’s Neill Woelk writes, battling from the bottom is the toughest task, and the Buffs will get kicked around until they resoundingly prove they deserve respect.