Jan 18, 2014; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes forward Josh Scott (40) and forward Xavier Johnson (2) and guard Spencer Dinwiddie (25) (center) and center Ben Mills (32) huddle following the win over the USC Trojans at the Coors Events Center. The Buffaloes defeated the Trojans 83-62. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - With Spencer Dinwiddie, the Buffs are a top-20 team. Without their point guard, well, they're still trying to figure out who they are.
After Dinwiddie went down with a torn anterior cruciate ligament against Washington, Colorado struggled and lost three of their next four games. They then returned home to Boulder and have started to prove to themselves - more so than any critic - that they can still play. The Buffs won three straight including a blowout win against Washington.
"I think you saw that we're starting to settle into life without having key players," sophomore and mature leader Josh Scott said. He, Askia Booker and Xavier Johnson all scored 20-plus points in their convincing win over the Huskies Sunday night. A similar effort will be needed as they make the journey to face UCLA.
"We got some solid minutes from a lot of people. It helps when everybody is at a high level," he continued.
Head coach Tad Boyle has had to rely on his young team - he started four sophomores and a freshman against Washington - to solve the major gaps that Dinwiddie's absence leaves. But even as they begin to answer the challenge there is still one issue that Colorado needs to remedy - winning away from the Coors Events Center.
"We've moved on, we certainly miss Spencer still but ... we've made the transition," Boyle asserted. "Now the test for us is to go on the road. We've done what we needed to do at home, we've won our home stand and now we need to go on the road and get some road wins."
Though the Buffs struggle on the road, they make up for it by being a near-spotless 15-1 at home. Their only loss came to the same Bruins the face Thursday night.
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