Colorado survives poor foul shooting to hold off No. 16 Baylor, 60-58

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Teams aren’t supposed to win games in which they shoot 4-of-18 from the foul line but don’t tell that to Colorado, who did just enough to hold off No. 16 Baylor 60-58 in a Charleston Classic semifinal.

Askia Booker scored 16 of his team-best 19 points in the first half and both freshman Josh Scott and junior Andre Roberson picked up their play in the second half to help the Buffaloes earn a spot in Sunday’s title game.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 11 points but his biggest contribution may have come on the defensive end, where he was the primary defender assigned to Baylor point guard Pierre Jackson. Jackson finished the game with 12 points on 3-of-11 shooting from the field (1-of-6 3PT).

Cory Jefferson led Baylor, who beat Colorado by 17 in the NCAA tournament last season, with 17 points but the Bears were unable to take advantage of Colorado’s poor foul shooting and 17 turnovers.

Colorado’s victory, while the team did dedicate it to last year’s senior class according to Dinwiddie, was also a big one for the Pac-12 as a whole. The conference went a dreadful 0-11 in games against ranked opponents last season, so getting off the schneid this early in the season should be seen as a positive.

Tad Boyle’s team was picked in the preseason Pac-12 media poll to finish sixth in the conference, but even before today’s result that may have been low.

The Buffs are young when considering the fact that a number of their key contributors are underclassmen, but players such as Booker, Dinwiddie, Scott and Xavier Johnson are only going to get better as the season wears on.

Add in a veteran guard in Sabatino Chen and a Pac-12 Player of the Year possibility in Roberson and you’ve got a team that at the very least should be in the NCAA tournament conversation.

Despite the gulf placed between favorites Arizona and UCLA and the rest of the conference by many, there’s no reason to rule out teams such as Colorado, California, Stanford or USC.

Titles aren’t won in November, but many teams are able to look back to this month as a catalyst when they reach those goals in March. Colorado hopes to be able to make that claim as well.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Big South moving 2016 conference tournament

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The Big South is moving its 2016 men’s basketball tournament out of Coastal Carolina and a new site will be figured out by November. According to a release from the conference the Big South is using a league bylaw that stipulates that members leaving with less than two years of notice are not eligible to host championships. Coastal Carolina announced this summer that it would be leaving for the Sun Belt as of July 2016, so the Big South wants to find a new location that benefits teams staying in the league.

The Big South men’s and women’s conference tournaments are now also going to be split into two unique events, with the men’s championships being held Thursday-Sunday, March 3-6. The women’s event comes the next week from March 10-13. Bids for both events will come into the league and a new location will be selected in the next few months.

It will be interesting to see if the site of the conference tournament is moved to a campus site or placed at a neutral venue. That type of thing could alter how the NCAA tournament autobid gets played out. With Coastal Carolina coming off of back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances, this obviously changes their approach to the postseason now that they have to leave their city.

Virginia Tech could redshirt sophomore guard

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Virginia Tech is trying to decide what to do with injury sophomore guard Ahmed Hill, who had surgery this summer to deal with a tear in his patella tendon in his left knee.

The 6-foot-5 Hill has still not been released to work out with the team, but he is about a week to 10 days ahead of schedule in his rehab. But the injury is still nagging enough that Hill might not be healthy enough to really contritbute this season. Head coach Buzz Williams is deciding soon whether he wants to redshirt Hill or not.

Hill started a team-high 30 games for the Hokies last season, averaging 8.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

“I don’t have a decision on (Hill),” Williams said to reporters on Monday. “I will make the final decision. I’ll let (him) and his mom be a part of it, but I want to make a decision using the wisdom of doing this for a long period of time. If you let a kid make the decision, they always want to play.

“Right now, I don’t feel comfortable that I would want to play him. It’s just too early to be able to have much more of an answer than that.”

It’s still a rebuilding year for Virginia Tech, but they do get Maryland transfer Seth Allen, who is a talented guard who can score. The Hokies were hoping to have Hill and Allen as complimentary perimeter scorers, but now the plans might have to be altered. Williams went on to say that he would like to make a decision on Hill’s status by Halloween.