Colorado Buffaloes Win Again: 3-0 In Big 12 Play After Defeating Cowboys

Brittni MichaelisContributor IIJanuary 15, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 10:  Marcus Relphorde #5 of the Colorado Buffaloes moves the ball in the first half against the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the first round game of the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center on March 10, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Who would have thought?

Really, who would have thought that the Colorado Men's basketball team would be 3-0 in Big 12 play so far this season? 

Boasting an impressive 14-4 overall record, the Buffs are no longer in the basement of the Big 12 standings and are looking down on Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kansas State, who were actually favored to win the Big 12. 

The Buffs haven't had an easy time by any means this season so far.

After winning a tough game at home against No. 9 Missouri and then winning on the road against No. 20 Kansas State, the Buffs came back home Saturday to pick up a big win against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

The Buffs came back from a 12-point deficit thanks to Alec Burks and Cory Higgins, who had 20 and 23 points respectively.

Senior Marcus Relphorde also added 14 points and the Buffs sent Oklahoma State out of Boulder and the Coors Events Center without a win in the last ever Big 12 game played between the two teams. 

After the Buffs were down by 12, it seemed as if they were on the verge of a complete collapse at home. Though committing 15 turnovers and only getting the ball in the basket 37.5 percent of the time, the Buffs found a way to come back and win.

Through intensity and aggressiveness while feeding off the energy of the sellout crowd, the Buffs were able to sink their free throws and get two Oklahoma State forwards to foul out. 

Perhaps head coach Tad Boyle summed it up best when talking to the Colorado Daily and said, "We have to learn to win sometimes unconventionally, that's what league play is all about."

Colorado did just that and picked up a great 75-71 win against a good Oklahoma State team.

The Buffs look to continue to improve and play well on the road next week with back to back road games against Nebraska and Oklahoma before coming back to Boulder and playing Kansas on January 25th.