CU guard Alec Burks put on an absolute show in Boulder. With 36 points, he put the Buffs on his back and carried them to their first victory in a Big 12 opener since 1997.
Missouri made a valiant comeback effort, pulling within seven before Alec Burks exploded at the end of the second half. Laurence Bowers came within a breath of a triple-double–15 points, nine boards, and an incredible nine blocks–in defeat. Guard Michael Dixon led Mizzou with 17 points.
Meanwhile Colorado rode a nearly mistake-free game and strong play from Cory Higgins who had 18 points on 50 percent shooting.
Missouri head honcho Mike Anderson’s team prides itself on running “the Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball.” The team looked ill-prepared to deal with the altitude. Colorado did to Mizzou what the Tigers have done to everyone else this season.
Bowers lead the team at halftime with eight rebounds and nine points, paltry compared with CU’s stellar Alec Burks’ 20. They compared this kid and Kim English in preseason, but I think we all know who has outperformed whom. Marcus Denmon, Missouri’s closest counterpart to Burk’s explosiveness, also had 9 in the first 20 minutes..
Colorado’s big hunk of meat F Austin Dufault killed the Tigers down low, scoring 10 first half points off of two offensive boards (five rebounds total). At one point he ran the length of the court to finish on a missed breakaway layup, and only Marcus Denmon was within five feet when he grabbed the errant try and put it back– Anderson immediately called a timeout.
I forgot to include the Tigers national ranking in this story, but it doesn’t matter, because once again the boys from the Mid West choked in the spotlight and dropped an easy game from a pedestal inside the top 10.
Alec Burks, though, wow. Just wow. Missouri fans would love if their 6’6″ guard, Kim English, played like this. English had seven points on 10 attempts. Ouch.