Brooks: Boyle Says Scott's Status Remains Day-To-Day
BOULDER - Colorado basketball coach Tad Boyle on Monday said freshman Josh Scott "is going to be fine" but remains day-to-day with concussion symptoms following his injury during Saturday's loss to Arizona State.
"We don't really know anything more (Monday) than we did after the game, but he's going to be fine," Boyle said. "He's working with the trainers and will be back as soon as possible. I don't have a timeline on that; I don't know if it's tomorrow or the next day or the day after. I'd say he's day-to-day."
CU plays Utah on Thursday (8:05 p.m., Pac-12 Network) at the Coors Events Center. The Utes defeated the Buffaloes 58-55 on Feb. 2 in Salt Lake City.
The 6-10, 215-pound Scott was injured in the second half of Saturday's 63-62 overtime loss to the Sun Devils. About four minutes into the half, Scott became entangled under the basket with ASU's 7-2, 250-pound Jordan Bachysnski and received an elbow to the head. Scott was taken to the CU locker room and did not return to the game.
With Scott's status undetermined, the Buffs could be leaning more on 6-11, 250-pound junior Shane Harris-Tunks, who played 12 minutes (no points, two rebounds, one assist, three fouls) against ASU. Boyle said Harris-Tunks "is going to be critical for us as we come down the stretch . . . you can make an argument that he's the most critical guy coming off our bench. When he plays well, our team plays well."
Boyle referenced Harris-Tunks' role in CU's 70-61 win against now-No. 22 Colorado State, noting Harris-Tunks "really helped us" against the Rams' 6-11 Colt Iverson. Boyle's requirements for Harris-Tunks' playing time: "As long as he defends and rebounds . . . he's a great passer, a great screener, he can score on the block - which he's shown he can do. He does so many things to help the team. Down the stretch last year he played well for us (and) we need him to do that this year."
Scott was not available after Monday afternoon's light practice, which Boyle said was designed "to get the kinks out" after the team took Sunday off. The Buffs lifted weights, shot and had team meetings in two groups.
"I just want to make sure these guys are mentally, physically healed and ready to go down the stretch," Boyle said. "Sometimes I don't think a back-breaking practice is the way to go (Monday), so we didn't. We gave them their legs back (but) got them back in the weight room . . . after the Arizona State game we could use some time in the weight room to get stronger and bigger."
After reviewing the tape of what he called the most physical game he had been a part of - "high school, college or YMCA" - Boyle said he spoke for "about an hour" on Monday with Ed Rush, the Pac-12 Conference's coordinator of officials. Boyle implied the conversation was cordial but did not disclose specifics.
GOOD FINISH NEEDED (AGAIN): Saturday's loss to the Sun Devils leaves the Buffs tied for fourth place with Southern California - each is 7-6 - in the Pac-12 standings. ASU, which swept the series with CU, is 8-5 and tied for third with California. Arizona and UCLA - both are 9-4 - are in second place behind 10-3 Oregon.
The Buffs have defeated three of the five teams ahead of them (Oregon, Arizona, Cal), with second games still to play against the Bears (at Berkeley, March 2) and the Ducks (CEC, March 7). ASU closes out the regular season with games at UCLA, USC and Arizona.
After Thursday night's visit by Utah, CU travels to Stanford (Feb. 27) and Cal (March 2) before closing regular-season play in the CEC against Oregon (March 7) and Oregon State (March 9).
Last season, the Buffs lost three of four games to close the regular season before winning four games in four nights to claim the Pac-12 tournament championship in Los Angeles.
Boyle said drawing anything from last season's final four games to apply this season would be impossible because, "It's different - a different team, a different year. We haven't played our last four games yet so it's hard to compare the two. I just know the difference between last year's team and this year's team to me is that it seemed like in close games last year when we needed to get a stop, we got stops. This year's team - sometimes it has, sometimes it hasn't. When we have we've been successful."
"SKY'S THE LIMIT" FOR DINWIDDIE: Sophomore Spencer Dinwiddie has averaged 23 points in his last three games and is playing as well as any guard in the Pac-12 on the offensive end. He's 31-of-31 from the free throw line over the past three games.
Boyle said Dinwiddie has "always been a confident guy in his abilities. What I've noticed now is that confidence is backed up with production. It's one thing to be confident and think you're good - and maybe you can talk about how good you are, which I like. But the most important thing is that you play good. And he's done that recently."
As for Dinwiddie's NBA potential, Boyle said, "The sky's the limit for Spencer. He's a 6-6 guard with great skills. He's still got a lot of room for improvement, but the sky's the limit for Spencer. He can be as good as he wants to be. I really believe that because he's got all the physical tools and the mental makeup."
ETC.: Freshman guard Eli Stalzer did not suit up for Saturday's ASU game because of a case of food poisoning. Stalzer was back at Monday's practice . . . . Boyle said the Buffs would get back into harder work on Tuesday in preparation for the Utes, who defeated ASU last Wednesday 60-55 in Salt Lake City before losing to then-No. 9 Arizona 68-64 on Sunday . . . . The Wildcats dropped to No. 12 in this week's polls.