October 26, 2007

Buffs to play with 'desperate energy'

BOULDER, Colo. - Their head coach with one foot out the door, the 2006-07 version of Colorado's men's basketball team lacked effort and intensity at times. Particularly on the defensive end of the court, as the Buffaloes ranked 318th out of 325 D-1 programs in scoring defense.

New head coach Jeff Bzdelik said during his Media Day Press Conference that he expects and demands his team to play with a "desperate energy".

The Buffaloes were picked by the league's coaches to finish last in the Big 12 this season. While most fans don't expect Bzdelik to work miracles in his first year at the helm, they do expect to see a competitive team on the court.

"I'm a realist and I've told our team, 'Look, you're going to get picked to be last and some people are going to pencil in wins against you'," Bzdelik said. "You have to be an active participant in your rescue. You'll win when you're tired of losing.

"I asked them what the most dangerous animal in the wild is, and that is a wounded one. They will do whatever they need to in order to survive. I can't wave a magic wand. It doesn't work that way. I ask them to play with passion, to believe in each other, and to do it together the right way. No matter what the result is at the end of the day, the fans will embrace you and there will be improvement if you do it the right way.

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