The Ralphie Report - A Colorado Buffaloes Blog...Covering CU Sports Since 2008 2019-04-19T10:33:33-06:00 /4a6/rss/current/ 2019-04-19T10:33:33-06:00 2019-04-19T10:33:33-06:00 Buffaloes in the NBA: Derrick White is carrying the Spurs past the Nuggets- <img alt="" src="" /> <p>The Colorado alum is destroying his hometown team.</p> <p id="HfGCmk">He just keeps getting better. After impressing in his first two games in the <a > https:/4a6/2019/4/19/18507741/buffaloes-in-the-nba-derrick-white-is-carrying-the-spurs-past-the-nuggets Sam Metivier 2019-04-18T07:45:00-06:00 2019-04-18T07:45:00-06:00 Buffaloes hire Arizona State’s Anthony Coleman as assistant coach - <img alt="" src="" /> <p>Coleman replaces Kim English.</p> <p id="omca2i">A week after <a href="">Colorado Buffaloes</a> assistant coach <a href="">Kim English</a> left for the <a href="">Tennessee Volunteers</a>, Tad Boyle has found his replacement. That would be Anthony Coleman, who was hired away from the <a href="">Arizona State Sun Devils</a>. </p> <div id="yzUSje"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">BREAKING: Bobby Hurley has an opening on his staff. Assistant coach Anthony Coleman left the ASU program recently and has now accepted a job on the Colorado staff under Tad Boyle, according to a source. <a href=""></a></p>— (@SunDevilSource) <a href="">April 17, 2019</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <p id="CZCOdJ">Coleman is known first and foremost for his recruiting ability. People close to ASU said that he seems like one of those guys who knows everyone. He most notably brought <a href="">Luguentz Dort</a> to Tempe, the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year who may be a one-and-done, and transfer <a href="">Romello White</a>, who likes to dunk and scream. Considering English was CU’s most active coach on the recruiting trail, Coleman’s skill set is needed to round out the staff. </p> <p id="iH3DJO">Coleman is from Compton, California and has West Coast roots. He previously played college basketball at Long Beach State, played in the G-League in California and was the director of basketball operations at USC. Between leaving USC in 2013 and being hired by ASU in 2016, he worked with Adidas, which helps with his connections. (CU doesn’t have bag men — CU administration would kill for generous boosters — so don’t worry about Adidas being investigated by the FBI.)</p> <p id="gya4Hc">It’s not clear what Coleman will go in terms of player development, but he’s a superb recruiter with connections upon connections. Even if he’s not a former NBA player who’s destined to be a head coach, Coleman is a great replacement for English. Hopefully this also stokes the ASU rivalry some, or at least causes Bobby Hurley some stress.</p> https:/4a6/2019/4/18/18470626/buffaloes-hire-arizona-states-anthony-coleman-as-assistant-coach Sam Metivier 2019-04-14T12:17:00-06:00 2019-04-14T12:17:00-06:00 Buffaloes in the NBA: Derrick White breaks out against hometown Nuggets- <img alt="" src="" /> <p id="CJpNpR">Of course it ended like it did. Of course <a href="">Derrick White</a>, the hometown kid who starred at UCCS and CU-Boulder, balled out in the <a > https:/4a6/2019/4/14/18310366/buffaloes-in-the-nba-derrick-white-breaks-out-against-hometown-nuggets Sam Metivier 2019-04-14T10:16:57-06:00 2019-04-14T10:16:57-06:00 Pac-12 Schools as Game of Thrones characters- <img alt="" src="" /> <p>BEFORE YOU ASK, NO ONE IS JON SNOW</p> <p id="5GHtu2">The final season of <em>Game of Thrones</em> debuts tonight, so what better way to celebrate than to annoy a bunch of Pac-12 fans and assign them characters that embody their school’s football programs. Also it’s good for page views, we’re hoping.</p> <h3 id="volgAi">Arizona/Arizona State - Two of the Sand Snakes</h3> <p id="sDZ30Q">Nothing about Arizona and Arizona State, on the field at least, is distinctive to match a character on Game of Thrones. If any one of their fans wants to come up with a name, I’d be more than happy to replace this. For now, U of A and ASU are two sisters in the Sand Snakes because it will make both fanbases unhappy.</p> <h3 id="9yTEF5">California - Three-Eyed Raven</h3> <p id="xp2DXk">The Three-Eyed Raven was chained to a tree for thousands of years. That’s a dedicated protest.</p> <h3 id="Lfm6AD">Colorado – Jon Arryn</h3> <p id="oeFMlx">This was tough for me. Jon Arryn fits because he was super important, but only before the story that we are currently watching. If there was a prequel to Game of Thrones, called the Big 8 Chairs or something, this would be a much more flattering comparison. </p> <p id="4pylcy">Also, Jon Arryn presides over the most mountainous region of Westeros and the most naturally beautiful. </p> <h3 id="8Wl7Xn">Oregon – Renly Baratheon</h3> <p id="ZZU9fw">This is the one that I feel best about. Renly Baratheon is a fascinating character. He comes from a traditional powerhouse family, but that’s not where his importance lies. He rose to power by seeking unseemly sums of outside money (Phil Knight is Mace Tyrell in this scenario), gained prominence very quickly, and cared deeply about how he looked. Despite all this, he achieved nothing of real significance. </p> <h3 id="gDRkTm">Oregon State - Walder Frey</h3> <p id="WhAyLQ">The Frey House doesn’t matter in 99% of scenarios, but if anyone needs to consolidate power in the region, they become the linchpin to success. Oregon State doesn’t matter most of the time, but if you’re USC and you’re trying to go undefeated into the national championship game, they will mess you up.</p> <h3 id="i3ZByZ">Stanford – Samwell Tarley</h3> <p id="fXdTKH">Nerd who’s way more important than you think he should be.</p> <h3 id="lYsOmS">UCLA – Jaime Lannister</h3> <p id="O3WHvi">To date, Jamie has been a main part of Game of Thrones, but his most important action took place before the story we get to see. He betrayed the Mad King, despite swearing to protect him, in order to “save the realm.” Sure, he’s self-important, he’s obviously got some weird love-hate stuff with his family (USC/Tywin messed him up good), but overall he’s fighting against the common enemy we all share. </p> <h3 id="wWW1lM">USC – Tywin Lannister</h3> <p id="Jnh7lz">This was fun. USC fits a few places. They could be any ancient Targaryen, a tyrant who has let power run amok and now is a diminished form of self. They could be Cersei, who is even more of a tyrant and has abused their power severely. But Tywin is a better representation. He’s a rich old dude who rose to power because he was literally sitting on riches (gold in Tywin’s case, 5 star athletes in USC’s case), used his money and power to bully the rest of the realm from his Western throne, and semi-hates all of his children/peers. He doesn’t care if people don’t like him, or think he’s dishonorable, he just wins. Or did, anyway.</p> <h3 id="sQ99lw">Utah – </h3> <p id="dDbnYl">This is a stretch. I could go with the obvious Craster comparison due to his many wives, I could go with Khal Drogo, who started off on fire in GOT before disappointing everyone with an 8-4 finish. </p> <h3 id="rBwhxG">Washington – Sandor Clegane</h3> <p id="XCJUHW">Are they both dogs? Did they both start out as vassal states to the larger programs in their area? Do they both have a brother that they hate? Yes to all three</p> <h3 id="tzSZ30">Washington State – Balon Greyjoy</h3> <p id="lUwf0q">At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if Mike Leach was cast to play Balon in a few deleted scenes. They have the exact same mentality, a crotchety old disruptor who wants to see others lose more than they want to win. The Pirate Coach finds a kindred spirit in a Pirate King. </p> https:/4a6/2019/4/14/18307218/pac-12-schools-as-game-of-thrones-characters Jack Barsch 2019-04-13T10:50:21-06:00 2019-04-13T10:50:21-06:00 Buffaloes in the NBA Playoffs: Spencer Dinwiddie, Derrick White look to lead upsets- <img alt="" src="" /> <p>The Buffaloes point guards are critical players in the first round.</p> <p id="spWX6Y">Two of our favorite sons, <a href="">Spencer Dinwiddie</a> and <a href="">Derrick White</a>, will see their first ever (major) playoff action today. They are key players as each could be the difference in a potential first round upset.</p> <p id="KvEfUc">Dinwiddie begins play at 12:30 p.m. (MT) as his Brooklyn Nets (6-seed) take on the Philadelphia 76ers (3). As you may have read, Sixers megastar <a href="">Joel Embiid</a> may be limited or even held out during the series, meaning the upstart Nets have an outside shot at an upset. People may have predicted the Nets would make the playoffs, but no one thought they would have any chance whatsoever of winning a series. Dinwiddie could be that upset chance.</p> <p id="KNH3pd">The Sixers have built a great defense around Embiid, but it falls off when he sits. And even with the giant Cameroonian, they struggle to contain guards who excel in the pick and roll. The reason for that is twofold: (1) they drop back their center in the paint in a conservative scheme, so if the screener sets a solid pick, the ball handler will have a clean pull-up look, and (2) they don’t have any defender who excels at PNR coverage, besides <a href="">Zhaire Smith</a> who has played 111 minutes in his NBA career. Guards who can pull off the dribble and hit those shots are nearly unguardable for the 76ers.</p> <p id="w0B58P">Dinwiddie and D’Angelo Russell have killed the Sixers this season. Dinwiddie had a 39 point game against them in a 3-point win and the two combined for 69 points in a 2-point loss. Both of those games were Embiid and without <a href="">Tobias Harris</a>, a forward who is brilliant offensively but struggles defending in space. Dinwiddie has regressed from his hot start to the season — which he did last year as well — but if he and D’Lo have fresh legs, they can shred the Philly defense worse than they did early in the season. Both show up in the clutch and will have time to rest between games, so it may be likely that they ball out.</p> <p id="XZVREq">The Nets probably won’t win, especially if Embiid suits up. But Dinwiddie and Russell will make it interesting, and if they do come through in the clutch, they could pull off the upset of the year.</p> <hr class="p-entry-hr" id="SNSqRk"> <p id="MOcRz1">It pains me to say, but the 2-seeded Denver Nuggets losing to the 7-seeded San Antonio Spurs would not be considered an upset in the same way as Nets over 76ers. That would be because the Nuggets have scuffled since the All-Star break and<em> </em>the Spurs happen to be coached by Gregg Popovich, likely the best to ever do it. The series, which starts 8:30 p.m. (MT) might swing on the battle between Nikola Jokic and LaMarcus Aldridge, but Pop’s scheming may do the trick, including his usage of Derrick White.</p> <p id="oU2H8M">White’s stats aren’t phenomenal, or really even notable. He’s averaging around 10 points and 4 assists in 25 minutes per game, which sounds mediocre, particularly for a point guard starting in the playoffs. But White is crucial partly because of his low-usage, efficient offense, and mostly because his defense is already elite. At 6’4 with a 6’8 wingspan, White is huge at point guard. He’s also sneaky athletic, has a superb basketball IQ and is disruptive against the pick and roll. He’s likely going to receive All-Defense consideration, and though he won’t make it this year, I would put good money on him eventually being recognized.</p> <p id="a7D7yL">White will be tasked with defending <a href="">Jamal Murray</a>, who has admittedly slumped, but has been frequently touted as <em>the</em> swing player of the playoffs. The Nuggets live and die with Jokic, but if they are to advance in the playoffs, they will need someone else to step up offensively. Murray has long been the presumed second star to Jokic and is most likely to be the one to step up alongside the flip flop wearing flip shot enthusiast. But that’s not going to happen if White is on him all series.</p> <p id="a43S7K">Jamal Murray isn’t an above-average athlete, nor is he an above-average playmaker. He’s a streaky shooter whose jump shot falls when he’s confident. It’s no surprise then that he plays his best ball when he’s talking shit and slinging imaginary arrows into the crowd. Depending on how the Spurs dictate their pick and roll coverage, White will be on Murray’s hip the entire time he’s on the floor. With his length and quick feet, he’s not going to give Murray any room to sling those arrows; instead he’s going to make Murray beat him off the dribble, which he can’t. If White is focused, which he always is during big games, it could be a long series for Murray.</p> <p id="ScMfcC">The Nuggets don’t have many options outside of Jokic and Murray. Gary Harris should be that, but he’s been out of rhythm for much of the year. <a href="">Will Barton</a> has been the same, only more disastrous. Paul Millsap is more defense and offensive IQ than he is a scorer at this point in his career. Denver’s offense has fallen off dramatically since the All-Star break and they’re struggling for answers. Unless Jokic carries them with something crazy like 35 points and 8 assists per game — which he can certainly do — they may be in trouble.</p> <p id="HPdPIf">White grew up a Nuggets fan, so he knows the team’s history is built on irrelevance. He can add to that history as he looks to shut down the Nuggets’ second most important player.</p> <hr class="p-entry-hr" id="GQRfgA"> <p id="qX53rK"><a href="">Andre Roberson</a> is also technically in the playoffs with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but he’s out indefinitely with a knee injury he suffered in January 2018. It has been a difficult recovery process as he has dealt with multiple set backs. He’s likely out for the year and we’ll have to wait until next season to see him full strength again.</p> https:/4a6/2019/4/13/18309249/buffaloes-in-the-nba-playoffs-spencer-dinwiddie-derrick-white-look-to-lead-upsets Sam Metivier 2019-04-12T16:57:02-06:00 2019-04-12T16:57:02-06:00 Autopsy Report: What went right and wrong for the Colorado Buffaloes in 2018-19?- <img alt="" src="" /> <p>Jack and Sam discuss on their third episode of At the Buzzer.</p> <p id="JLKeyK">In the third episode of At the Buzzer, Jack and Sam give an autopsy report of the 2018-19 <a href="">Colorado Buffaloes</a> season. They talk expectations before the season, the highs and lows of the season, player development, and finally give very early predictions for next season. Oh and somehow we got very sidetracked and briefly discussed former Kansas star <a href="">Thomas Robinson</a>.</p> <div id="S0KcaI"><iframe src="" style="border: 0; width: 100%; height: 200px;" allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media"></iframe></div> <p id="CeFJOt"></p> <p id="Dnhw6h"></p> <p id="q6emeK"></p> https:/4a6/2019/4/12/18307791/autopsy-report-what-went-right-and-wrong-for-the-colorado-buffaloes-in-2018-19 Sam Metivier 2019-04-12T14:41:20-06:00 2019-04-12T14:41:20-06:00 Buffaloes in the NFL: Afolabi Laguda signs two-year deal with Atlanta Falcons- <img alt="" src="" /> <p>The Colorado Buffaloes safety will see his first NFL action this coming season.</p> <p id="tLdMfv">Another member of the vaunted 2016 <a href="">Colorado Buffaloes</a> secondary has signed an NFL contract. On Friday, <a href="">Afolabi Laguda</a> (2015-17) signed with the Atlanta Falcons to a two-year deal that will see him play safety and special teams.</p> <div id="VkvngQ"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">TRANSACTION: We have signed S Afolabi Laguda to a two-year deal. <br><br>Welcome to the Brotherhood, <a href="">@FizzyFo1</a>! <br><br> - <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) <a href="">April 12, 2019</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <p id="xV74Vc">Laguda was undrafted in 2018. He spent the 2018 season with the Los Angeles Rams, but never saw action and was eventually placed on the injured reserved list. Laguda is likely a depth piece for the Falcons, as he can play either safety spot and will certainly be a force on special teams as a good athlete and hard hitter. </p> <p id="6hBiOz">Fo will join former teammate in the Falcons secondary. Oliver was a second round pick by Atlanta and ended up starting a few games in his rookie season; he’s expected to develop and contribute in a big way now and in the future. Laguda and Oliver will also be one of five members of the 2016 Colorado secondary that is now in the NFL. Laguda started with <a href="">Chidobe Awuzie</a> (Cowboys), <a href="">Tedric Thompson</a> (Seahawks) and <a href="">Ahkello Witherspoon</a> (49ers), plus Oliver as a third cornerback. </p> <p id="YEXpWO">In addition to those five Buffs, <a href="">Ken Crawley</a> (Saints) and <a href="">Jimmy Smith</a> (Ravens) round out a formidable allotment of defensive backs in the NFL. There could be more considering <a href="">Evan Worthington</a> is a potential draft pick and <a href="">Ryan Moeller</a>, also on the 2016 team, impressed enough in the now defunct <a href="">AAF</a> that he deserves a shot at the NFL.</p> <p id="CUeJuU">Congrats, Fo!</p> https:/4a6/2019/4/12/18308448/colorado-buffaloes-afolabi-laguda-signs-two-year-deal-with-atlanta-falcons Sam Metivier 2019-04-11T07:59:00-06:00 2019-04-11T07:59:00-06:00 Buffaloes Spruce and Moller excelled in the AAF - <img alt="" src="" /> <p>Now the former Colorado Buffaloes deserve another shot at the NFL.</p> <p id="UnP6sy">It’s been a little over a week since the Alliance of <a href="">American</a> Football <a href="">suspended all operations</a>, and several players have already found new homes in the NFL. Per <a > https:/4a6/2019/4/11/18304812/buffaloes-spruce-moller-excelled-aaf Anthony Kazmierczak
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