Many of Arizona’s players have struggled against Colorado in both matchups this season, most notably Ashley. Ashley had only four points on 1-of-3 shooting from the field in 33 minutes in both games. He had as many turnovers as points in the combined 33 minutes. UA freshman center Kaleb Tarczewski was also out of sync against Colorado’s quickness inside in the last matchup, dominated by Colorado 71-58 in Boulder on Feb. 14. Angelo Chol’s athleticism provided a boost as he had his best game of the season against the Buffaloes with eight points and four rebounds in 20 minutes. Colorado comes at opponents with constant ball movement and harassing defense with its athleticism and length. Arizona must match that constant intensity and movement to have an opportunity to win. In other words, Ashley, Tarczewski and Grant Jerrett must literally step it up and no longer play like freshmen.
The story of Boyle’s start in coaching is something out of Hollywood for the Pueblo, Colo., native. After earning a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Kansas in 1985, he became a commodities broker in Kansas City .In 1986, he returned to Colorado and continued his career as a commodities broker while serving six years as a high school basketball coach (three of them as a head coach) at various Colorado schools. A car accident in 1994 changed Boyle’s career. While heading to work one morning, Boyle was knocked unconcsious when somebody ran a red light and plowed into his vehicle. The collision crushed the front of Boyle’s car. The air bag likely saved his life. At that point, Boyle was earning six figures as a stockbroker and considered his head coaching duties at Longmont High a hobby. Later that year, Boyle received a phone call from his former Kansas teammate, Mark Turgeon, the current Maryland coach and then an assistant at Oregon. Turgeon informed Boyle of an opening on Oregon’s staff, but it was a restricted-earnings position that earned $16,000 a year. Boyle, not married at the time and wanting to open his life after his near-death experience, took a drastic pay cut by accepting the full-time coaching position. He was part of Jerry Green’s coaching staff at Oregon that upset the 1996-97 NCAA champion Arizona team late that season in Eugene. He later served as part of Turgeon’s staffs at Jacksonville State and Wichita State before Northern Colorado hired him to be its head coach in 2006. He became Colorado’s coach in 2010.
Few realize that Lute Olson’s collegiate coaching career was spurred by his one year as a high school counselor in Boulder, Colo. His masters degree was in guidance and counseling from Augsburg (Minn.) College. He at first believed a counselor position in a large public school system near Denver would be appropriate for his career. However, Olson missed coaching so much that he quit after one year in Boulder and planned to return to Two Harbors (Minn.) High School to coach. That’s when Olson heard of a potential opening at a new high school in Anaheim, Calif. Olson, his wife Bobbi Olson and their three kids at the time packed their bags and headed to California. Olson told me in 1996 that the decision to head West was also made because of the extensive community college system in California. Olson always planned ahead for potential enhancements to his career. If he enjoyed his experience in Boulder, Arizona basketball as we know it would be completely different. Olson could have coached in that area and became a Colorado follower and possibly coached there.
— “Rivals” Arizona and Colorado to battle again in Pac-12 Tournament (TucsonCitizen.com)
— One more time: Arizona-Colorado could be another classic (Anthony Gimino, TucsonCitizen.com)
— UA-Colorado pregame notes: He’s baaack (Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star)
— Pac-12 comes to where the Rat Pack became famous (WILDABOUTAZCATS.net)
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