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Sully's Court: Colorado is fatal flaw team

Posted by Joe Sullivan, Globe Staff  January 4, 2013 10:50 AM

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I also believe in aliens: It may sound crazy, but what happened to Colorado Thursday night in Tucson, Ariz., is what happens to schools that arenít traditional basketball powers. In basketball, Colorado is a fatal flaw school. Something bad will always happen to prevent it from succeeding. What happened is that Coloradoís Sabatino Chen, who was 2 for 23 lifetime on 3-pointers, banked in a desperation heave just as time expired that would have won the game for Colorado in a huge upset over Arizona. The shot was ruled good. The officials went to the replay. It was close, as close as it could be, but it looked like it should have stood up. Instead, the official waved off the basket and undefeated Arizona went on to win in overtime. Of course. Once again, a fatal flaw school failed.

Surprising scores, amazing margins:

Northeastern 84, George Mason 74: Completely unexpected, but now that the Huskies have their full lineup in place, improvement can be expected. The Huskies have lots to play for in the CAA.

Bryant 84, Robert Morris 77: A huge NEC road win for the formerly downtrodden Bulldogs.

Fairfield 66, Canisius 45: A really disappointing performance from Baron and Son.

Sacred Heart 77, LIU 73: The Blackbirds have completely lost it.

St. Francis (Pa.) 67, Central Connecticut 60: First win of the season for the Frankies after 11 losses.

Southern Mississippi 135, Dillard 41: The purpose of this is what?

Michigan 94, Northwestern 66: A complete vaporizing. The Wolverines mean business.

Arkansas State 66, Middle Tennessee 60 in OT: Middle is a front-runner in the Sun Belt and has to avoid losses like this.

Stephen F. Austin 79, Lamar 43: Another surprisingly easy victory for the 11-1 Lumberjacks.

BYU 92, Loyola Marymount 51: The Jimmers might be rounding into shape for the WCC season.

Cal Poly 79, Long Beach 73: Maybe Cal Poly is a Big West contender based on this score.

UCLA 79, Cal 65: The Bruins continue to redeem themselves.

Looking ahead, games I want to see this weekend:

Seton Hall at Notre Dame: The Pirates are probably in over their heads, but they should be confident after winning at DePaul.

Oklahoma State at Kansas State: Itís early, but a crucial game for both as Big 12 teams push to see who can finish second to Kansas.

Georgetown at Marquette: A traditional Catholic 7 meeting (Yes, Iím kidding).

Ohio State at Illinois: Illinois got beat at Purdue, but the Illini are really tough at home.

Indiana State at Creighton: I just love watching Creighton, plus when the good MVC teams meet, the games are usually close and intense.

NC State at BC: Now, we get to see if The Donís kiddie corps can step up in competition.

Lehigh at Virginia Commonwealth: A chance to see C.J. McCollum of Lehigh against a team thatís really playing well. I hope NBCSN gives some air time to the great VCU band.

Bucknell at Missouri: The Bison are tough this season, Missouri better be ready.

Gonzaga at Santa Clara: Upset alert, Iím picking the Fightiní Rambuses.

Washington at Washington State: Obvious rivalry game.

Temple at Kansas:
The Jayhawks have been shredding opponents; letís see if the Owls can stand up to them.

Northwestern at Minnesota: I expect the Gophers to win pretty easily, but this has a chance to be good.

Oregon at Oregon State: Another obvious rivalry game.

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