New Year’s Resolutions: Colorado Buffaloes

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Over the course of the holiday week, we at College Basketball Talk will be detailing what we believe will be the New Year’s Resolutions of some of the nation’s most talented, most disappointing, and thoroughly enigmatic teams. What can we say, we’re in a giving mood.

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WHAT DOES COLORADO PROMISE TO DO MORE OF?: Become more efficient on the offensive end of the floor.

    • Why it will happen:

Why will a team that approaches the new year ranked 9th in the Pac-12 become more efficient when league play begins? They have the talent to do so, that’s why. And when it comes to improving in that area, the presence of sophomore forward Josh Scott is one reason why. Scott’s shooting 54.5% from the field this season, and when fouled he’s taken advantage at the charity stripe as well (81.1%). Getting the ball inside to Scott on a consistent basis will open things up on the perimeter, thus making the Buffaloes an even tougher team to defend.

    • Why it won’t happen:

Of Colorado’s top four guards in minutes played just one (Spencer Dinwiddie) is currently shooting better than 45% from the field, with the team’s leader in shot attempts (Askia Booker) shooting 39.9% from the field. Colorado’s two best offensive players are their starting guards, but efficiency is a concern at times especially when it comes to Booker. He posted his second-best offensive rating of the season in CU’s loss to No. 7 Oklahoma State, and Booker will need to continue on that path in league play.


    • Why it will happen:

Colorado currently ranks third in the Pac-12 in three-point attempts (222), but they’re ninth in the conference in three-point percentage. For a team that has been one of the nation’s best when it comes to getting to the foul line, it may be time to cut down on the perimeter shots and take advantage of the charity stripe. With Scott being a much-improved force inside and the ability of their perimeter players to get into the paint, the Buffaloes may be able to cut down on the number of shots they attempt from deep.

    • Why it won’t happen:

Even with the low percentage Colorado has players capable of knocking down three-pointers. But it hasn’t clicked yet, with Dinwiddie being the lone Buffalo shooting 40% or better from beyond the arc when considering players who have a double-digit number of attempts. Freshman Jaron Hopkins, who’s made eight three-pointers, would be next in line percentage-wise at 38.1%. It’s easy to say that Colorado should make better use of the mid-range game, but the fact of the matter is that according to just 21.8% of the Buffs’ field goal attempts this season have been two-point jumpers.

Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.